Due to popular demand the formal attire for this Saturday night’s dinner in the Galway Bay Hotel is being dropped in favour of a smart casual dress code. This decision is aimed at creating a more relaxed environment, enabling the price to be lowered, and attracting a wider audience to reflect the ethos of the Trust.
Confirmed for the inaugural Conference and Dinner along with eighty plus guests is a star studded lineup including Minister Simon Coveney, Lord Glentoran, tall ship Captain Jim Corr, naval architects Thomas van Es and Merfyn Owen, amongst many others.
Speaking about this last minute change the Atlantic Youth Trust’s Neil O’Hagan said: “We realised some potential guests were put off by the formalities. Being a youth development and cultural integration charity that aims to provide equal opportunities on a tall ship for all young people on the island of Ireland it makes a lot of sense to reposition the evening. We’ll have a more casual evening for supporters and guests looking to hear more about the Trust and from some of our closest allies.”
Minister Coveney will take the opportunity to announce some interesting developments for Cork Week and we’ll hear what Galway has lined up for Seafest 2016, on June 30 to July 3.
To reflect the new tone of the evening places for the dinner now retail at €45, or €100 including a €65 donation to the Atlantic Youth Trust. There is no charge to attend the conference during the day. For more information or to book a place visit atlanticyouthturst.org, individuals and groups are welcome.
If the Tall Ships aren’t coming to us, we’ll go to them!
Following the incredibly successful Tall Ships Belfast the Atlantic Youth Trust is launching its subsidised voyage opportunities for 2016 that are open to young people across Northern Ireland.
Over 30 places are available to candidates between the ages of 15 and 28; no prior sailing experience is required. The shortest are 5-day voyages and the most exciting will see groups of youths sail stunning tall ships around Europe to cities such as Lisbon and Antwerp.
The wide range of activities on board from cooking and cleaning, to steering the ship will see participants learn important interpersonal skills. The local voyages will have 10 participants on each trip, half from Northern Ireland and half from the Republic. The longer international voyages will have participants from over six countries on board.
Thanks to EU and local funders including the Loughs Agency, Belfast Harbour, and K-Rend all voyages are heavily subsidised.
The Atlantic Youth Trust and their plan to build a tall ship to provide youth development and cultural integration opportunities for youths in Northern and the Republic of Ireland were recently included in the ‘A Fresh Start: Stormont Agreement’. This was a major breakthrough in what has been a four-year project to create “the best youth development maritime organisation in the world”.
Anyone interested in taking part is advised to contact the Trust by the 5 February. Applications can also be made by youth groups looking to put forward candidates. Visit www.atlanticyouthtrust.org for more information.
On the 21 January Five Degrees West CEO Stewart Hosford and round the world sailor Garda Conor O’Byrne will discuss some of the most fascinating areas of the maritime world over dinner.
The Atlantic Youth Trust is hosting the dinner and talks in the Royal Irish Yacht Club after its AGM. The dinner is open to anyone interested in learning from these experts.
Stewart will give an insight into how to attract and manage sponsors such as Hugo Boss to Alex Thomson Racing. Conor will share his story of the trauma of a man overboard in the Pacific Ocean and how these experiences can be transferred onto our streets and into our court services to help troubled youth.
The dinner will begin at 1830 in the Royal Irish Yacht Club at a cost of €30. To reserve your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A once in a lifetime opportunity to sail an Open 60 racing yacht around the Irish coast has been made available with thanks to MSL Ballsbridge Motors Mercedes-Benz and the Atlantic Youth Trust supporters club. In total eight places are available for 18 – 24 year olds to take part in two coastal voyages.
The first will see the yacht sail from Dun Laoghaire to Belfast to join the Tall Ships Festival 29 June – 2 July. The second voyage will leave Belfast on the 5 July and finish in Cork on 11 July to coincide with the Ocean Wealth Conference and Seafest.
Due to the yachts high performance sailing experience is required. Conditions on board will be challenging with little to no creature comforts found on other yachts. The benefit is that Kilcullen Voyager is one of the fastest monohull yachts on the water today.
Speaking about the opportunity Noel Rabbitte, Mercedes-Benz Brand Manager, MSL Ballsbridge Motors said; “We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting, youth development initiative. Giving young people this opportunity is comparable to providing a safe environment for young people to drive a Formula 1 car for a weekend with a trained professional in the cockpit.”
No fee is being charged as the yacht has been made available by the Atlantic Youth Trust’s supporters network and the kind support of MSL Ballsbridge Motors Mercedes-Benz. Anyone interested in taking part must submit an expression of interest form here by 10am on Friday 26 June.