June 17, 2016
The Young Sailor Scholarship was created to assist students – endorsed by their sailing school, sail-training program or yacht club – to participate in the extraordinary educational experience of attending high school while sailing the Gulden Leeuw (Golden Lion), a spectacular, 230-foot, three-masted topsail schooner rigged Class ‘A’ tall ship. The scholarship will be awarded to young sailors who best demonstrate the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in their academic and sailing lives.
Next year, Class Afloat students will sail an incredible 21,000 nautical miles (39,000 km) from Amsterdam, into the Mediterranean, south along the coast of Africa, then across to Brazil and down the coast of South America before they head east across the South Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa (via Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world). From Cape Town, they will cross the Atlantic a third time to the Caribbean and turn north to finish their voyage in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
The Class Afloat community of 60 Canadian and international students will explore 18 ports of call, participate in community service projects, and learn as much about themselves as they will about the places they visit and the people they meet.
Class Afloat President David Jones notes that the school has a 30-year legacy of offering a unique experiential education. “Since our first voyage in 1985, over 1,700 students have taken their education from their traditional classroom to the oceans and ports of the world. We are now seeing the second generation enrolling in our programme as alumni encourage their children to have the same life-changing Class Afloat experience they had.”
Class Afloat welcomes applications from students worldwide for the 2016-17 academic year and there is limited space available for the 2016-17 school year.