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WINTER TALK: The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust - Guest Speaker, Paul Taylor

31st March, 19:00 - 22:30

Dame Ellen MacArthur needs no introduction to the sailing world. In 2005 at the age of 28 she won the world record for a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation. However, in 2003 she set up a sailing charity called the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust that inspires young people aged 8-24 to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

Through sailing and outdoor adventure, young people experience improved mental wellbeing, by gaining a new sense of purpose and self-worth, rediscovering their independence and feeling optimism for the future. They stop feeling like 'the only one' and can start to take the next step towards re-establishing their place in the world.

Our speaker for the evening is Paul Taylor. Paul has been a Trust skipper for four years, and can describe the work of the Trust from the sharp end, from being on board and at sea with the young people. Paul is an RYA/MCA commercial Ocean Yachtmaster, formerly an RYA Cruising Instructor, a sometime delivery skipper, a 'milebuilders' skipper, at one time a commercial salmon fisherman and even a lighthouse keeper. Paul usually skippers for the Trust on the Clyde but is sometimes to be found around the Solent. He keeps his own boat, 'Hirta' a Rival 34 in Granton during the winter but has a mooring in Salen, Loch Sunart for the summer. He has said that skippering for the Trust is the best, most meaningful and most satisfying of his varied sailing 'gigs'. He says he likes the professionalism of the organisation, the commitment, hard work and humour of the team involved in the voyages. Most of all he likes seeing the obvious joy that the sailing trips bring to young people and the way the young people take on and succeed in new challenges. As he says, "It's all so worthwhile!".

This is a sailing story, for sailing people, told by a sailor.

The illustrated talk will last for about forty-five minutes and after that Paul will be very happy to answer any questions. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the Trust here is a link to their website or to know more about the experience the Trust provides to the young people let Uma tell you. There will be an opportunity to find out how you can help, if you are inspired by the talk.

The bar will be open. Please arrive 7 for 7:30 to be seated. We look forward to seeing you.

Last updated 10:24am on 14 January 2022

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