As the sailing season comes to an end for some it becomes time for recognition. One particular award that recognises high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people at sea, has been awarded to an Ocean Youth Trust South Skipper.
Announced at the Sail Training International conference in Seville Staff Skipper, Peta Koczy was presented with the title of Young Sail Trainer of the Year 2018. This is a worldwide award for a young professional sail trainer under the age of 25.
Peta was appointed Staff Skipper of Ocean Youth Trust South’s 32-metre vessel Prolific a year ago, at the age of just 23.
Peta said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have won this award. Prolific is a fantastic boat and it is such a privilege to be able to skipper her and to work with an incredible team of staff and volunteers at Ocean Youth Trust South. But the most important thing is always the young people who come on our voyages. Only a few years ago I was a 15-year old heading off for my first voyage, just like the thousands of young people who try sail training every year. Not all of them want to go into sailing as a career but what I always hope is that the experience will give them the confidence and skills to go forward in life. Sail training has given me some amazing opportunities and the best thing about being a skipper is being able to offer the same chance for other young people to change their lives.”
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, commented on the Major international award for Ocean Youth Trust South skipper: “We appointed Peta because we knew she was one of the outstanding sail trainers of her generation, and she has proved that by skippering Prolific through the 2018 sailing season with immense skill. Our staff, volunteers, clients, young people and other supporters cannot speak highly enough of her ability to combine a common-sense, practical approach with a warmth of personality which makes everyone feel welcome and valued on board. We couldn’t be prouder of the fact that she has now been recognised as the best under-25 sail trainer in the world.”
Peta is currently working hard to refit Prolific over the winter ready for a busy sailing season in 2019. There are still places available on board next year for young people aged 11-25.
Ocean Youth Trust South is charity which uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in our 30-metre vessel Prolific www.oytsouth.org