For the past 40 years, MDL Marinas has developed a close relationship with Ocean Youth Trust South, recognising the charity’s fantastic work with young people and the life changing experience that sailing can offer.
MDL annually sponsors a five-day trip aboard Prolific for inspirational young people, which forms the basis of MDL’s Sail Training Awards.
Nominate a young person today
Now MDL is looking for nominations for those who are 12 to 18, and who have overcome adverse personal circumstances or shown other exceptional accomplishments and achievements. Third party nominations from people who are in contact with young people, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers are welcome, as are those from within the marine trade.
This year’s voyage takes place in April 2020, and the winners will become involved in all aspects of life on board including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night, and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.
Last year’s winners completed a five-night voyage which took them from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton around the Solent and further afield to Poole and Portland. Activities included night pilotage and earning their RYA Start Yachting certificate.
Being onboard Prolific helps to build confidence and creates a sense of responsibility and pride. Not only is Prolific stunning, she is also large enough to make the most trepidatious of adventurers feel safe and secure.
Participants will be selected from the regions in which MDL Marinas are located: the South West, Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley and East Coast.
It’s straightforward to make a nomination online. You’ll need to provide some basic contact details and write a couple of paragraphs (no more than 200 words) on why you’re making the nomination.
Nominations close Friday, January 24th.