Session: Delivering Sail Training as Part of a Long Term Personal Development Program


Based in 15 of the most disadvantaged areas in England, Scotland and Wales, Fairbridge supports young people aged 13-25 who are not in education, employment or training – giving them the motivation, confidence and skills they need to change their lives. 
Sailing on Spirit of Fairbridge, a 92’ Gaff Schooner, is just part of a tailored long-term programme for young people also including other mediums such as arts, drama, IT and the outdoors.
The presentation will focus on how Fairbridge provide a programme of personal development including the preparation of young people prior to sailing, delivery during a week onboard and how achievements are both measured and built upon beyond the sailing training experience. It will also look at how the principals used in this process can be applied to the wider sail training environment.

 Speakers: Craig Wilson and Peter Neill

Craig Wilson

Craig is manager of the Spirit of Fairbridge project. He has been a Sail Trainer for over 20 years, holds a BA in ‘Outdoor Education in the Community’, sits on a government working group developing MA Youthwork and is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner.


Peter Neill
Peter Neill

Peter Neill

Peter Neill is Director of the World Ocean Observatory, a project founded in 2004 as a recommendation of the 1998 Independent World Commission on the Future of the Oceans. He has served 20 years (1985-2005) as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; as past Director of Schooner, Inc., an environmental education organization for Long Island Sound (1979-1984); as past Director of the Connecticut Marine Science Consortium (1982-1984); and as past Director for Maritime Preservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1984-1985).  Mr. Neill is the current Executive Director of the Ocean Classroom Foundation which owns and operates three sail training schooners: HARVEY GAMAGE, SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS and WESTWARD.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Iowa.
Peter is past President of the Council of American Maritime Museums and of the International Congress of Maritime Museums. He is a co-founder of The Sound School, New Haven, CT., and The Harbor School, New York, NY., two innovative public high schools that use maritime history and environment as a context for teaching and learning. He has appeared on numerous television documentaries on PBS, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic Society productions. His publications include three novels, several non-fiction books and anthologies, and numerous articles on maritime subjects.






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