Liam’s Summer at Sea

Foundation student Liam Bivens had the summer of a lifetime sailing along the north coast on the Ocean Youth Trust North’s James Cook Sailing Vessel.

During the summer Kirkleatham School invited Liam to be an adult helper on a school trip organised through the Ocean Youth Trust. The trip was a voyage on the James Cook sailing vessel.

Being an ex-pupil of the school, Liam jumped at the opportunity. Ocean Youth Trust North is a charity specialising in the personal development of young people and adults through the unique medium of ocean sailing. We offer a safe but exhilarating residential experience that changes lives and inspires futures. The trip was designed to encourage young people to engage in teamwork and trust as well as learning seamanship skills.

On June 13th he set sail along the north coast with a group of young people. They were at sea for 5 days – calling in at different ports along the coast line, finally reaching Inverness.

During his time on board, they were expected to cook and sleep on board. A typical shift is 3 hours on and 6 hours off allowing you to catch up on well-deserved sleep.

They were involved in teamwork, learnt how to take the helm, health and safety and how to put the sails up and down. As well as this they learnt how to tie knots, keeping a look out for items in the sea (lobster pots, boats and other such things) and how to read the radar to know where they were going.

Liam enjoyed his experience so much that in August he returned to complete an induction course to become an official sailing volunteer.

Liam said: “This was a brilliant experience; I learnt a lot of skills and met a lot of new people.  I loved seeing the nature – whales, dolphins, seals and puffins. I will be volunteering again very soon”.

To get involved you can visit the website

Photograph provided by Ocean Youth Trust North

Photograph provided by Ocean Youth Trust North