ON 11th February, Heather McCallum was informed that she had been chosen as one of the two people from Dumfries and Galloway gaining a place on the Tall Ships Races.
Heather is a Key to Work Employability placement with Dumfries and Galloway Council and will be sailing and living aboard one of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland’s two ocean going racing yachts. Both of these yachts have sailed around the world and are equipped for all weather conditions. Also onboard there will be a highly qualified Skipper, first Mate and Watch Leader. In total, 12 young people from across Scotland will sail on each boat and take part in all activities, from sailing and navigating to cooking and cleaning.
The Tall Ships Race is held every summer in European waters and around 100 vessels from 15-20 countries take part which includes 5,000 young sailors. This year’s race is from June 30th – August 12th from Waterford, Ireland to Halmstad, Sweden – via Greenock, Lerwick and Stavanger. Heather will be sailing from Stavanger to Inverness (via Halmstad) and is really excited about the challenges she will face.
Although travel to and from the boat, her oilskins, life jacket, food and accommodation are included Heather needs to raise £100 in sponsorship.
On Wednesday 25th May Heather, Kaizer her dog and a colleague walked the eight miles along the Southern Upland Way between Portpatrick and Stranraer and has already raised the required amount through the support of colleagues and friends.
Heather said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped with their generous donations and for putting me forward for this great opportunity. I can’t wait to set sail.”