Marine Engineers Set Sail Around Scottish Coastline
Marine Engineering students based at Coleg Llandrillo recently sailed around the breath-taking coast of Scotland, as part of a trip in partnership with ‘Ocean Youth Trust Scotland’.
Following an induction and safety briefing, the 24 students and their college lecturers set sail for their three-day voyage, along with the Skippers and on-board staff.
Having chartered two yachts; a 72 foot BT challenge Racing Yacht Venturer and a 70' Oyster Purpose built training ketch, they sailed down the river Clyde and visited Largs, the isle of Arran, the picturesque town of Tarbet, and sailed up the narrow Kyles of Bute to Holylock.
Students and their lecturers were split into two rotating 'watches', where half of the crew operated the sails and navigated, while the other half cooked meals or enjoyed the ride.
Learners got to try their hand at navigating, helm and handling the sails and winches with support from the Skippers onboard.
Andy White, Marine Engineering Lecturer, said,
“This trip was a fantastic experience for our learners to learn new skills and make great memories, and they were also presented with ‘RYA Competent Crew’ certificates following their time onboard the vessels”.
“I'm extremely proud of the learners, who impressed the staff so much with their professional attitude and knowledge gained on our course at Coleg Llandrillo - that many were offered placements and other opportunities with the organisation!”
“We’d like to thank Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, and we look forward to visiting them again very soon!”
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a world leading youth work charity, delivering an annual programme of voyages aboard a fleet of sail training vessels.
To find out more about Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, please click here.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers a range of Marine Technology courses, to find out more click here.