A TASMANIAN Community Fund (TCF) grant of more than $15,000 to refurbish the Hobart sail training vessel Windeward Bound will directly benefit young Tasmanians.
The funding will be used by The Windeward Bound Trust to upgrade the ship’s galley and replace two of its sails which are nearing the end of their working life.
Captain Sarah Parry said the investment would ensure the trust could continue to offer its Youth Development Sail Training Program.
Ms Parry said the sails were obviously a key piece of equipment around which the youth training program was focused.
“When sails get old, they begin to tear, especially in strong wind. While it is possible to repair tears with patches for a time, at a certain point this becomes ineffective,” she said.
“The teamwork that is required to raise, lower and put away the sails is a big part of what makes our voyage life-changing for our participants.”
Ms Parry said while sail makers Storm Bay Sails would undertake the bulk of the sail upgrade for a reduced fee, the sails’ removal, installation and finishing work, including hand stitching, would be carried out by Windward Bound’s voluntary crew.
“This not only reduces the cost of the sails but also helps to build skills that are highly valued in the boating world,” she said.
Ms Parry said the investment in the galley was also important.
“This will involve upgrading the sink and countertops in the galley and replacing the existing rangehood,” she said.
“Our voluntary crew will also donate their labour for the demolition of the rangehood.”
TCF chairwoman Lynn Mason said the vessel’s refurbishment was an excellent example of how the TCF and the community could join together to continue to facilitate a program which was benefiting young Tasmanians.
“The TCF is pleased that it could provide funding to support such a worthwhile project that is making a real difference to the lives of the ship’s sail trainees and voluntary crew,” she said.
“The Windeward Bound Trust should be congratulated for its work in helping to break down barriers for youth by encouraging opportunities for personal growth and professional development,” she said.
Windeward Bound’s Sail Training Program, originally designed after the well-established, government-supported Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, has provided life-changing experiences to approximately 2500 young Tasmanians and Australians over the last 15 years.
Sail trainees participate in all aspects of the 24-hour operation of the ship, from cleaning and steering, to climbing aloft.
Windeward Bound also runs a Maritime Career Training Program which provides full scholarships to its voluntary crew through its Scholarship Fund.
The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.
An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.
For more information on how to apply for a TCF grant and to view grant recipients from Grant Round 28 please go to www.tascomfund.org