Help us to complete the fitting-out of our second ship so that over the next 20 years we can offer life-changing voyages of self-discovery to over 20,000 more young people.
You can help us NOW! In April 2022, the youth development charity Seas Your Future sailed the tall ship Fridtjof Nansen into Bristol for a complete redesign. When finished it will more than double the number of young people we can take on our voyages. Since 2012 we have delivered sail training and now, ocean science, to between 400 and 500 young people each year on the tall ship Pelican of London, and we want many more to develop the life-skills we offer. It will cost over £1.54 million and we need to raise another £760K to complete the work. This will give us a purpose-built second sail training tall ship for around 1,000 young people each year: you will be investing in our charity so that we can invest in the lives of many more young people.
Young people from different backgrounds aged between 14 and 25 join us on a voyage of self-discovery like no other. They learn from experts in sail training, explore the possibilities of a maritime career, or pursue a passion for ocean science and environmental conservation.
Whether they are with us for 7 days or 6 months, from start to finish it’s all about working with others, watching friendships flourish, and positively shaping their futures. Although an attraction for many, learning to sail in itself is not the essential goal of sail training, and it is not just an opportunity for an adventure. The value and power of sail training is that it is about developing:
· the character of young people
· their resilience
· self-confidence, and
We can’t meet the demand for our voyages with Pelican alone, so, in 2021, we decided that we needed a second ship. The Fridtjof Nansen will take up to 46 young people plus professional crew on our 7, 10 and 14-day voyages in the Spring and Summer, and on the 6-month winter voyage with our partner Ocean College. The feedback we collect confirms the transformative impact of spending time on board. Those young people who journey with us are not only taught new skills, but they discover all about themselves, and what drives their ambitions and interests.
Many go on to education and employment in the maritime industry or environmental conservation. In the summer of 2022, during our first full sailing programme since the global pandemic, 16% of the young people indicated strongly that sailing could lead to a career in the maritime sector in response to our post-voyage questionnaires.
Being on board the Pelican for 5 weeks during the summer has been a very uplifting experience for me. I enjoyed the time immensely. I feel that I have learned a lot, from sailing to the marine biology lessons.
I have also gained confidence by teaching and helping others on board, I now have a greater understanding of other people's abilities and strengths. We all learn at different rates, some people pick it up first time while others need to be shown several times, patience and understanding is key. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given and will carry it with me as one of my greatest achievements so far. Thank you to all of the crew aboard the Pelican of London and the onshore staff.
Ben, aged 14, August 2022
Our 2020 Development Plan outlines our aims and objectives for the next few years.
Crew and students share experiences with you on their Seas Your Future voyages with College Partners and Darwin200.