Gosport sailor, Paul Bishop, awarded MBE

Gosport sailor Paul Bishop has been made an MBE for his career as a professional sailor which he has used to enhance the lives of young people by working for the charity, Sail Training International.

Bishop has dedicated four decades to working on tall ships and yachts.

He has been working on and off for Sail Training International for the last 18 years.

“I am absolutely delighted and it came as quite a surprise so absolutely delighted that my career over the last four decades in the ship and training industry has been recognised,” Bishop told the Portsmouth News.

“The charity has done some amazing work since it started in 1956 and although it is an individual award, it really highlights all of the work the charity does and without the people I work with and the sailing community it would not be possible, and I would really like to thank them because it is all about teamwork.

“The main message of this is that any young person, no matter of their financial situation as there are many bursaries available, or their ability, they can go online and get involved with a voyage.”

Yesterday (3 January 2023), MIN reported that five volunteers at the RNLI have also been recognised in the new year honours list for their contributions to the charity and for raising awareness of drowning prevention.

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