By contributing towards travel to and from the vessel and their share of
voyage costs Crewseekers will help pay for up to 4 young sailors per year
of any nationality between the ages of 18 and 25 to who wish to crew on
long distance sailing opportunities published on www.crewseekers.net
Iain Barbour, MD of Crewseekers, says, “We are delighted to be helping young sailors to take part in some of the amazing long distance sailing opportunities we have on Crewseekers.net. They’ll get the change to gain valuable experience, and we hope to inspire a new generation of young sailors to cast off the dock lines and have their own great adventures.”
Crewseekers’ Young Crew Sponsorship Programme will fund up to three
quarters of the applicant’s total costs associated with travelling to and from
the vessel and their direct on-board costs. The number of awards may
vary in any given year, within the limit of the programme, although it is
anticipated that up to 4 individuals per year will receive support.
The maximum contribution to any applicant will be £1,000.
All voyages of more than 1,000 miles posted on crewseekers.net will qualify
for inclusion in the scheme. The skipper of the vessel should be a member
of Crewseekers and should be qualified to (at least) RYA Yachtmaster
Offshore or equivalent. They should be experienced in long distance sailing,
and Crewseekers will expect the Skipper to be able and prepared to offer
informal tuition in the various aspects of long distance cruising, such as
passage planning, navigation and boat maintenance, during the voyage.
Applications are accepted throughout the year and are invited from anyone
between the ages of 18 and 25 wishing to sail as crew on a voyage of over
1,000 miles advertised on Crewseekers. The applicant should have had
some sailing experience, ideally qualified to Competent Crew level.
Crewseekers will pre-identify qualifying voyages and promote these as
such on the website. Skippers of these voyages will be asked to participate
in the Programme and will be expecting Sponsored applications. To apply
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, age, sailing experience,
details of the voyage you are interested in, how much sponsorship you
require and an explanation of why you think you should qualify.