Jack was born with a condition called Micropthalmia in his left eye, which meant that it was not sufﬁciently developed at the time he was born, and so has never been able to see out of this eye. As a result of this condition, he has been involved in the charity known as MACS, for children with the same condition as him in either one eye or both.
Last Easter, Jack received an email from MACS advertising a sailing trip on board John Laing through the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT). He had always been very interested in water sports, and so jumped at the opportunity to go sailing for a week. The voyage took place in May 2014, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! (insert paragraph space)
Following the voyage, Jack was asked back to train up as a member of staff on the boat, and spent a number of weeks in the Summer of 2014, training to become a relief Bosun. Since then, he has qualiﬁed as a relief Bosun, and has sailed on a number of voyages in this position.
The grant awarded by the ASSF has allowed Jack to ﬁnish his 3rd Mates assessment and he is now a qualiﬁed Watch Leader. Jack said of his time with the OYT, “Working on a boat with young people from all walks of life creates a level playing ﬁeld; it really is a feeling like no other and I thrive on it. (don’t close quote as you are continuing to quote below)
“Whilst there are some days which can be really difﬁcult, I have never been able to say that it wasn’t worth the result, which is simply a group of young people, being given adult responsibilities and facilitating adventure within a sailing environment. Sailing with OYT South has undoubtedly changed me for the better in a multitude of ways, and I am very keen to continue to progress up the sailing role ladder!”