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Interested in Becoming a Sail Training Ambassador?

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Interested in Becoming a Sail Training Ambassador?
by Colin Bluett - Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:28 AM



The College will be nominating a Sail Training Ambassador for the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

The notes below and the accompanying Sail Training Powerpoint provide information for potential applicants.

Application forms are available from Student Common Rooms and on Moodle for any students who are interested.

Funding.  Owing to the cost of multiple voyages, other training, transport, provision of clothing and other expenses; the cost of funding an Ambassador is £3,500.  Sunderland College will provide some sponsorship for the selected Sunderland College Sail Training Ambassador, the selected Ambassador will also be expected to seek further sponsorship and undertake fund raising activities to contribute to the cost.


Completed forms should be submitted by email to: 

Deadline for submission of completed forms: Wednesday 8th June 2016


Brief to potential candidates to be read with the accompanying Powerpoint slides


Slide 1- Cover slide.


Slide 2 – Video:  (Introductory video may be played by clicking on the rigging picture if internet connectivity is available).


Slide 3 – The Race:  The City of Sunderland has been selected to host the start of The Tall Ships Race in 2018.  The Race will be a guest of the port from the 11th to the 14th of July.  The race travels from Sunderland, to Esbjerg in Denmark, Stavanger in Norway, finishing in Harlingen in The Netherlands. The race is organised by Sail Training International.

The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 will provide a fantastic, potentially life-changing opportunity to those that take part as Sail Trainees.  Sail Trainees may be of any age, but Sail Training International aim to maximise the participation of 15-25 year olds.


Slide 4 – Sail Training?: So what is Sail training all about?

It’s an adventure – As a sail trainee you can expect to face challenges of the open sea and come away with stories and memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. Many Sail Trainees say that the experience is life-changing and has given them a new perspective on what is important to them.

It’s a learning experience – you can expect to learn new practical skills like knot tying, navigation and how to use a radio, but also learn how to communicate and work as part of a close team.  Sail Training is exactly the kind of thing that might differentiate you from the crowd on a job or university application.

It’s hard work – Being at sea is long hours and it takes a lot of energy to keep the ship pointing the right way, and the right way up!  It is also highly rewarding and gives you the feeling that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.

Meeting new people – working, playing and resting in such close confines means that you make friends for life whilst Sail Training.  You will meet people from all walks of life and from all over the world.


Slide 5 – The Ships:  Tall Ships range from the small and nimble twin-sail Class D boats, up to 200 foot plus Class A galleons.  Each type of ship has its own challenges, attractions and rewards.


Slide 6 – The Role:  In order to encourage the participation of young people in The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018; a group of 30 to 40 Sail Training Ambassadors is to be established and given first-hand tall ships experiences.  These Sail Training Ambassadors will in return be expected to spread the sail training message to other potential Sail Trainees, helping to recruit around 500 Sail Trainees by July 2018.

Sail Training Ambassadors will be required to undertake the following duties:

  • Participate in sail training activities such as voyages and shore-based training.
  • Participate in promotional events such as Sail Training briefings to own college and audiences of potential Sail Trainees in other forums.
  • Contribute to promotional releases through interviews, writing articles, social media and blog postings.
  • Advise potential Sail Trainees on the joys, hardships and practicalities of participating in Sail Training activities.

Slide 7 – Getting Chosen: Sunderland College has been asked to nominate a Sail Training Ambassador to take part in the programme.  Volunteers for this role will be required to complete a simple application form stating why they believe they would be the best person to represent Sunderland College.


Slide 8 - Suitability:  To be considered as suitable for the Sail Training Ambassador role; you should meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Be able to communicate clearly with others.
  • Be a natural innovator amongst peers.
  • Be self-assured when meeting new people.
  • Be comfortable when working as part of a large team or concentrated group.
  • And enjoy being active and engaged in outdoor sports and activities.

If this does not immediately sound like you; do not worry - do some online research and see how life-changing sail training can be; maybe you could write in your entry how you think being an ambassador could make you a better fit for the job?


Slide 9 – The Programme:  The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 project team will provide sufficient quality and quantity of activities to keep your interest.  The programme of activities will develop as opportunities emerge, but will include:

  • Opportunities to participate in voyages will be provided several times per year.  Having an experience of sailing to draw upon will be key to being an ambassador.  Opportunities planned so far include:
    • 17-21 July 2016 – Five day North Sea voyage on Stavros S Niarchos, departing from, and arriving back in Sunderland.  This voyage will be aimed primarily at Ambassadors from schools.
    • August 2016 – Day Sailing opportunity on The Atyla.  This ship will be sailing from Sunderland to reposition in Blyth ready for the Regatta. Transport back from Blyth will be provided.
    • 29th of August to the 3rd of September 2016.  Ambassadors will join ships’ companies on 26th of August, enjoying the festival part of the event in Blyth, sail on the 29th of August to the 3rd of September.  Festivities will be enjoyed in Gothenburg until the 6th of September, when transport will be provided for the return to the UK.
    • Sunderland Yacht Club and Wear Water Sports Association will provide shore-based training, water awareness training and low-level water-based training.
    • As part of the annual initiative to get students into the workplace and enjoy the experience of contributing to decisions; the project team will look to place all student ambassadors into workplaces that are contributing to the hosting of Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
    • There will also be a limited number of opportunities for ambassadors to attend VIP promotional events.


Slide 10 - Questions:  Does anyone have any questions? (please record all questions that you are unable to answer and pass them to a Youth Support Worker)



If you are interested in applying to be Sunderland College’s Sail Training Ambassador nomination; please complete the application form available on Moodle and email it to marketing