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January 2018 update:

RYST Launches an appeal to raise £30,000 for its 2018 programme.

May 2018 update..... We are glad to be able to report that our fundraising is going well and we are now just about two thirds the way to our budget for 2018. This has meant that we can take on more schools such as Foxhole, St Dennis and Restormel Acorn Academy, (a secondary school which caters for those who have been excluded from other schools), but we still have more schools on our waiting list. Lessons will be provided through an existing registered sailing centre at Polkerris. We are receiving great feedback !! The aim is to give the local children the opportunity to get out on the water in a safe way, and to be able to make the most of this abundant resource on the doorstep. We believe the benefits to be numerous, often particularly for those children who find school most challenging.


A number of the schools mentioned above, in relation to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation, fall within the neighbourhood areas in the bottom 20%, some in the bottom 10%, in the country. This means that these households are suffering from lack of income and employment, the children's health is likely to be affected, and also their opportunities.


We would like to say a big thank-you to all the individuals who have already made donations to the trust whether by annual standing order or a one off gift-aided donation.


Thank you also to the list below of donors who have given in 2018. From time to time we will send you all an update as to how your money is being spent. In the mean time you can follow our progress on Facebook by clicking here

Cornwall Council
Rhos Construction
RYA Foundation
St Just Church Charitable Trust
Veryan Bowls Club

The Trustees of the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust are very grateful to St Mawes Sailing Club for allowing us to promote the work of the Trust on this website





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The Trust has been set up to offer financial support for the benefit of Juniors and Youths who couldn’t otherwise afford to participate in or advance their sailing, windsurfing or other water sports. To be eligible you must reside, attend school, work or be a member of a Sailing Club on the Roseland.


Financial support could be awarded in particular, but not limited to, the following areas of relevant expenditure;
• Support for sailing courses/instructor training fees
• Running costs e.g. Quay spaces
• Competition entry fees and associated costs (including travel and accommodation)
• Kit for boats e.g. new sails/kickers
• Sail training – Hardiesse, Rona Trust, Tall Ships
• Schools, to support provision of watersports lessons as part of the curriculum or as after school clubs/activity weeks.
• Clubs, for new kit.
• Suitable clothing

We offer FREE sailing lessons, as part of the curriculum, for all Year 6 children in Roseland Schools. After-school clubs for Secondary age children are also being funded.


Many parents living on the Roseland earning only a minimum wage would not be able to afford getting their children into these activities which can often be a expensive sport! With the sea on our doorstep learning to sail is not only a lifetime opportunity but also a great safety issue in Cornwall explaining the danger of the sea……Seamanship!!

The trust is a Registered Charity Number 1164283, so we are able claim tax back….
Please give generously by going to the Donate link in the right hand column…… Thank you

Also in the right hand column are downloads for guidance on how to make an application for a bursary and the application form.


2018 ** RYST make a grant to Shannon Frier to do her Day Skippers qualification. She is now off sailing again, watch her video.


My Trip – By Kieran Andrews Ana

In November 2017 I was fortunate enough to sail on a tall ship The Lord Nelson from Southampton to Gibraltar and then on to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Overall my trip was 27 days with 16 days at sea. This helped me gain sea miles and great experience of off shore sailing. I also met some amazing people with some great stories of their sailing experiences and I was able to share mine. It was interesting to see how square riggers are rigged and sailed. It was good to learn new skills and when the new crew joined in Gibraltar I was able to show people the ropes. I was lucky enough to be able to helm the ship out of Gibraltar and through the straits, seeing the sea life and maneuvering through other marine traffic. The crew was made up of four watches each doing two four hour watches a day to helm the ship, look out for any other traffic and recording the weather then sending it off to the met office. On the way down to Gibraltar I joined in with the Leadership at Sea course. This involved leading a watch and organizing the jobs to do on watch, photographing sections of the ship and carrying out team work tasks. I had the opportunity to walk around ship blindfolded which enabled me to understand the limitations for the partially sighted members of the crew. Overall I really enjoyed my trip and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to further their sailing skills and knowledge of tall ship sailing.
I wouldn't have been able to have this opportunity if it wasn't for the generosity of the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust and local businesses, I would like to thank everyone that helped to make this trip possible.
Kieran Andrews.


During the first few months of the trust we were able to grant nine bursaries.
These bursaries range in nature from learning to sail at various levels, attending a National Sailing Championships, and one sailing on a Round the World yacht whilst doing environmental research.


All of recipients are encouraged to report back to the trust and here are example reports from our applicants:


Tall ships races Lisbon- Cadiz by Ana Navarro-Fisher

On the 24th of July I boarded The Lord Nelson with some trepidation . As soon as I got on the boat I received a warm welcome from the 1st mate and a navy cadet, who took me down to the galley to meet my watch leader. My watch leader was called Marian, she was in a wheel chair. She gave me a card which told when my watches would be and what day I would be helping out in the kitchen. The bosun also gave me waterproof equipment and wellies. I was shown my cabin which I shared with the kitchen helper who told me straight away that if I woke her up at 4 am after my watch trying to get into my bunk she would not be at all happy. There was a really excited hum around the boat, everyone getting to know each other. We were 50 in total, 42 crew who had never met each other before. There was a big age range, the youngest person was 16 and the oldest was 73! We were briefed about safety and what to do in case of an emergency and some of us had special training on how to assist wheelchairs users. We had intensive training in the afternoon, involving climbing the mast and learning how to stand on the rigging.  In the evening we were allowed to go out. There was so much going on in the port, stalls, fairs, live music, bars and loads of people. The boats were all lit up and had their own national music playing. To end the night there were fireworks. I had a watch that night from 12-4 am. Even if we were moored up in the port we still had to do the watches as there were a lot of people around and we did have a group of drunk guys that were trying to get on board so they could ring the bell.

The next morning was the start of the race, we got woken up at 7.15 with a speaker that did a “bing bong’ noise before they announced we had to get up . The speaker was used a lot to make announcements saying when they needed us all to help, what we were all doing during the day and when lunch or dinner was ready. By the end of the voyage I was beginning to have enough of that noise.

The parade of sail was truly amazing, seeing all the boats in a line together, seeing Lisbon from the water and  all the people watching us. The start of the race was very exciting as there were two other boats along side us. There was a point when everyone, even the captain, thought we were going to crash so tensions were running high and a lot of motivation to get the sails up as fast as possible.

We raced for around three to four days. My day to day routine was wakeup at 7.30 and breakfast was served at 8 am. We would have a briefing of what was happening that day, we would then have “happy hour” which has nothing do with alcohol. It’s a thorough cleaning of the inside and outside of the boat for an hour. Oh what an unpleasant surprise we all got when we realised what happy hour actually meant. I had two watches every day unless I was on mess duty, which meant that I would be the whole day in the kitchen helping to cook. If you weren’t on watch and you weren’t asked to help with anything, you could go to sleep, chat with people, climb the mast, read, sunbathe or whatever you wanted. The free time was enjoyable and valuable as it gave me time to learn about different people’s life stories, what they had done and why they chose to come on the trip. There were two people who were visually impaired, five people in wheelchairs and a person who was deaf. They were very open about their disability. I realised how amazing Lord Nelson was to allow everyone to share the same experiences in different ways.

Lord Nelson1 Watches were fun but were very hard at the same time.The watches were for 4 hours. In my watch we were a team of 9. In a watch you had to have two people on either side looking out for any vessels or any “dangers” and if we saw one we had to report to whoever was in charge. You had to have someone on the helm and the rest of us kept an eye out and chatted. We swapped roughly every half hour. Every hour two of us filled in the log book and wrote down the temperature, wind speed, direction of course etc and we also went around the whole boat and checked that everything was in order and that no one had fallen out of their bunk. I had two very exciting night watches. One was from 4am to 8 am where I had to climb to the second stop of the mast at 5am with my friend Jonny to sort out the sail. It was still dark and so foggy and we could barely see. I could just see Jonny but not my team at the bottom. At one point I genuinely thought I was going to fall. The other exciting watch was the last one I did 12-4am. A sailing boat came so close to us that we had to flash our torches and shout at them to make them turn.

The 12-4am  watch was definitely the hardest as you barely got any sleep. You were lucky if you managed to fit in an hour before the start of your watch and lucky if you managed three hours after your watch as you would get woken up at 7.30 am. My very last watch on board was exhausting as I had 12-4am and then got woken up at 5.30 by the speaker as we had just finished the race and they needed all help on the deck.

We arrived into Cadiz very early in the morning, the port was ready for our arrival and had lots of fair rides, music, bars and food. We were very busy that day cleaning the boat, putting away the sails, decorating the boat and taking photos. We helped the wheelchair users, the visually impaired and the older crew members up the mast by hoisting them with ropes. It really was a sight to be seen. The sense of pride and satisfaction we got when you saw them up there, experiencing the same feelings that we had experienced during the voyage, I would never have thought possible.
The next day in Cadiz we had an open ship to the public, we were the only boat accessible to wheelchair users, so quite a few came on. There were crew events against other boats that we participated in. We ran a race of 4 kilometres around Cadiz in teams pushing wheelchairs. Three other boys in my watch team and I pushed my watch leader Marian. We lost but the most important bit was that we were showing that we were different and that anything is possible. We had our own races on the boat, who could climb the mast the fastest ( I won once) , who could go around the whole boat on a wheelchair the quickest, it really was so much fun!

The crew parade was fantastic having everyone together who had participated, with water fights, chanting and singing! Everyone knew that the Italian boat had cheated so whenever any of us went by it we chanted “cheaters”. There was the prize giving ceremony, we didn’t win anything but it was fun to watch. Lastly to end our last night there was a crew party which was enjoyable, we all went out, had a few drinks, danced, met a lot of different crews from different countries. There were so many men in uniforms so, when one Italian came and spoke to me, a minute later I would be surrounded with ten others trying to give me their hats and get me dancing. Luckily my friends would come to rescue me.
I really don’t have enough words to describe what an amazing and meaningful experience it was. It made me more confident and appreciative about everything. The best thing about the trip was that we became a family in such a short space of time and I know I have made some friends for life. We are going to have a reunion next year! I can’t thank you enough Roseland Youth Sailing Trust for sponsoring me and giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I would fully recommend it to anyone. You don’t have to be good at sailing to be able to go on a tall ship, you just have to be willing, show interest and be positive the whole time.


LASER NATIONALS by Joe Pothecary (age 14)

Joe Pothecary
Thanks to Mark Osborn’s encouragement, I entered the Laser Nationals 2015 at Mounts Bay SC, after receiving a grant from the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust. This was a great opportunity to see what it’s like to race, at a National level. My target for the week was not to be last. It was all about gaining experience!
On the first day the sailing conditions were good, so I got settled in and enjoyed my first couple of races. On Tuesday the winds became stronger and after completing the first race Kieran and I decided to come in, because we felt it was too windy and were both tired from our first race. By Wednesday the sailing conditions had become even more challenging, the wind speed had increased to 36 knots and visibility was poor. At St Mawes SC I wouldn’t have been allowed to go out in these strong winds, this pushed me even further out of my comfort zone. Even though the winds were the strongest I’ve sailed, after completing the first race and coming 25th out of 34, I felt fairly confident and enjoyed myself. The second race of the day was cancelled due to the winds becoming too high.
Thursday there was very nearly to no wind and I struggle in these conditions so I didn’t do as well. On Friday I did a lot better, but not as well as I could have done due to a problem with my boat, which got gradually worse over the week.
Sailing is something that I really enjoy. Competing in the Nationals has taught me a lot and has been a great experience and I look forward to racing at a national level again. Thank you.



I am Shannon FrierShannonFrier1

Thanks to the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust I was able to sail to the mouth of the Amazon sailing from Recife, Brazil to Georgetown, Guyana. I was part of an “all female” crew with my sailing idol Emily Penn, the leader of eXXpeditions an organisation researching the connection between the oceans health and our own. Thank you so much for making this possible. Without the help of the trust I wouldn’t of been able to put the deposit down for my eXXpedition - because of the more than generous donation towards my research expedition others gained confidence in the fact I could raise the amount and began to generously donate. I have gained so much confidence from this experience of a lifetime, not only in myself as public speaker and an accomplished sailor crossing 2000 miles of Open Ocean but also that I can do something about the issue of plastic and toxic pollution in our ocean. shannon2.png Not only have I been out in the middle of the ocean conducting research but also now I am bringing my experience home educating everyone on the seriousness of single use plastics, the harm of persistent organic pollutants, encouraging more young children to think about sailing outside of racing and showing young girls that its not just the boys that can conduct serious sailing research expeditions. The contacts I have made from this expedition are life changing. I now have formed strong friendships with people who are the top of this industry opening up doors for future collaborations and jobs world wide.




Kieran Andrews

I would like to thank the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust for helping me throughout last year.

I have been sailing lasers for the past few years and last year RYST helped me so I was able to get some top level coaching from John Burford. I have really enjoyed the coaching and he has taught me some very good skills that I need for racing.

Last August Joe, Charlie and I went to the Laser Nationals in Mounts Bay and the entry fee was £160 and I wouldn’t have been able to go without the trust’s help. The Nationals were a very good experience and I also learnt about what goes on at big events and how you can meet new people.



Next to me in the boat park was a boy from Australia and we became good friends. Out on the water between each race we sailed up to each other and asked how each other’s races went.

This winter I was asked to do the RYA Zone Feva squad with Ollie Croft, training away each month going around southern England. It cost a lot of money to take part in the training so I applied for a grant from the trust and without them I wouldn’t be able to do it. I would also like to thank the Crofts for asking me to sail with Ollie and taking me to each training weekend and paying for the accommodation. The training is very in-depth and I can put those skills into my laser sailing.

I am finishing my last year at the Roseland School and then I’m going to Falmouth Marine School to do Watersports. The sailing I’m doing now will help me a lot in the course and hopefully I will get a qualification which will help me in the future.

Thank you for all the help you have given me.




















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