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Crews prepare to set sail on a relay-style fundraiser across the United Kingdom

By Rachel Armitage

A relay-style fundraising sailing adventure around the UK coastline will begin today (Friday).

YMCA Newark and Sherwood has joined forces with Tall Ships Youth Trust to host 80 members of the Newark community on a round-the-UK voyage to raise money for its £13m Community and Activity Village on Bowbridge Road, Newark.

The voyage will comprise eight legs of between four to eight days in length with a different crew for each leg, including school children, scouts, chief executives as well as not employed, in education or training (NEET) individuals.

Members of the crews sailing around the UK (15621069)
Members of the crews sailing around the UK (15621069)

The first crew will leave Portsmouth tomorrow, and will stop and change crews at Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Greenock, Inverness, Hull and London, before returning to Portsmouth on October 18.

The crews will be taught to sail by Tall Ships crews, as well as eating, sleeping and living on board during the challenge. They will also be vlogging the voyage as it happens.

The Advertiser will be bringing readers weekly updates on our website to keep you abreast of the crews’ progress.

Craig Berens, chief operating officer of YMCA Newark and Sherwood, said: “The cornerstone of our work is to create equal lifelong opportunities for all, no matter what their background is.

“This project is about inclusion and opportunity for those of all ages ­— five or 50 ­— to belong, contribute and thrive.”

The Community and Activity Village is set to open in 2021. It is hoped that the facilities will be used by a fifth of the population of the district in the next ten years. It will also provide 80 jobs within three years of opening.


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