Six lucky teenagers have have won a prize of a lifetime after winning a prestigious award from marina operators MDL. They will setting off on a voyage aboard a sail-training ship this weekend after being selected because of 'exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances'.
The magnificent six are: Charlie Linsell, aged 15, from Clopton in Suffolk, Jennifer Newrick, 13, from Torquay, Chloe Sharmen, 15, from Portsmouth, Connor Sherman, 13, from Southampton, Liam Rice, 12 from Totton and Emma Cope, 15, from Tadley in Hampshire, will join the John Laing, operated by the Ocean Youth Trust South for a week.
During the trip they will get hands on experience an virtually every aspect of life at sea including navigation, course plotting, as well as trimming sails, scrubbing down, maintenance and cooking.
The leaves Queen Anne's Battery in Plymouth this Sunday (22 July). The teenage crew will also be at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on 20 September, to receive a trophy from Lord Iliffe, owner of MDL Marinas.
MDL's Chief Operating Officer Jon Eads told the press, 'Our awards have so far helped well over a hundred youngsters to experience something truly exceptional.'
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, told the press, 'We aim to reward all our crew with a fun, adventurous voyage which they will remember all their lives - but also to help them develop skills and qualities such as confidence, team-working and the ability to cope with unfamiliar experiences, which will stand them in good stead for the future.'