Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - 1 Comment »
Since purchasing the Challengers in 2008, this is the fourth consecutive Fastnet Campaign that the Tall Ships Youth Trust has participated in. All four of the Challengers are taking part with the crews on board coming from various backgrounds.
This year the Trust is very proud to be entering an all-female crew on Challenger 3; Skipper Beth Terrell, Mate Sue Geary, and Watch Leaders Amelia Ralphs and Charlotte Quick. They are joined by the team ‘Fastnet Divas’ – an initiative of Girlguiding South West Region who have sailed with the Trust previously and decided that they wanted to enter a female boat into the race.
When asked what this meant to her, Beth Terrell, Tall Ships Skipper said “Skippering a yacht for the Trust in the Rolex Fastnet race this year is a fantastic adventure and an incredible opportunity.”
“I have been involved with the Trust for the past four years and I have been encouraged to develop both personally and professionally over that time and I enjoy enabling others to challenge themselves through sailing adventures.“
“It has been a privilege to be involved with this all-female-crew who have trained hard and become a cohesive team over the qualifying races. Every single crew member has her own reasons for wanting to participate in the Fastnet and we have a range of experience on board. Some of the crew have overcome fears of open water, heights and confined spaces in order to get the the start line. I feel very proud of every single crew member and we are looking forward to a competitive race!”
The Fastnet Divas voyage crew is made up of 12 members from various branches of Girlguiding. Demonstrating the adventurous side of Girlguiding, Hannah Nobbs, Guide leader in training with the 1st Sturminster Newton Guides commented, “Our hope is that because our team consists of ‘ordinary’ women from a variety of ages, experiences and professions there is the chance that people who would not normally associate themselves with the sailing world could relate to us. If we succeed in inspiring even a few girls to grow in confidence through their own adventures, all our hard work will be worth it”.
In addition, Shirley Robertson OBE, a prominent figure in the sailing world after becoming the first British woman sailor to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, is an ambassador for Girlguiding Isle of Wight and has agreed to be the patron for the Fastnet Diva’s.
Challenger 3 and the Fastnet Divas have also been selected by RORC, in partnership with Xtra-Link, to have satellite hardware on board so they can share their Rolex Fastnet experience and updates throughout the iconic race. You can keep track of Challenger 3’s progress in the race on www.rolexfastnetrace.com.
For the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the Fastnet Campaign is the pinnacle of the years sailing as the yachts don’t just participate in the Fastnet and the challenge that it presents but the crews also compete against each other for the Tall Ships Youth Trust Fastnet Challenger trophy.
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For further information on the Trust, images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:
Kelly Hughes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR & Events Officer
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: Kelly.email@example.com