Merry Christmas from OYT Scotland

I wanted to drop you a note to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the team here at OYT Scotland.

The support from The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights has been integral to the sustainability of the Trust, and we are cautiously looking forward to next year in the hope that our boats will take to the water again.

It has been an unprecedented 12 months for the Trust and it was with great disappointment that this year’s sailing season was cancelled. However, we have continued to work hard behind the scenes, liaising with youth groups and schools to re-schedule voyages for some of the most disadvantaged young people in society, including our first ever all-girls two-week voyage visiting all four nations.  Should social distancing measures allow and we can sail as planned in the Spring, we are ready to jump into action.

Our annual volunteer training seminar will be a virtual event in 2021, taking place on 27-28 February. We’re working hard to ensure we will offer an action-packed agenda of informative and engaging online sessions so that our volunteers feel ready to return to the water when it is safe to do so. Every volunteer, donor and supporter is part of the OYT Scotland family and we very much hope we will all be back together again soon.

I look forward to speaking with you again in the New Year and updating you on how the support from The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is helping the Trust.

In the meantime, we hope that despite the restrictions in place, you manage to have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Fair Winds for a better 2021!

Ashley Mabon