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Youth Challenge Sailing Program

Victorian clubs from all districts are invited to become involved in sponsoring participants in two very special interstate Youth Challenge sails on South Australia’s ship, ‘One & All’ in 2023.  

The expansion of the Rotary Youth Challenge Sailing Program into Victoria, where a Youth Challenge Sail Committee has just been formed, will be enhanced by these special voyages in conjunction with the Rotary International World Convention in Melbourne. 

The first 7-day sail will voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne prior to the Convention; the second will return from Melbourne to Adelaide after its conclusion. 

As part of the Rotary International Convention, One & All will also be taking Conference delegates on short lunch and dinner cruises on the Yarra River from Docklands. 

View the short video to explain the program: 

During the Challenge great life lessons are learnt and wonderful friendships formed. The program involves suitable young participants learning the complexities of sailing, working as part of a team, while living without electronic communications in a maritime environment.  

Victorian and South Australian young people will be involved in two special voyages: 

  • The first 7-day special Sailing Challenge will be voyaging around the rugged SA/Vic coastline as the One & All departs Adelaide on 17th May 2023 bound for Melbourne 

  • The second 7-day Sailing challenge will be voyaging back to Adelaide from Melbourne, departing 4th June 2023 

These special voyages have already created a lot of interest and clubs are urged to inform us if they feel they may participate. 

The total cost of these Special Voyages is $1,900pp.  It comprises 

  • the shipboard cost of the young people for seven days (instead of the normal five); 

  • additional insurance and Melbourne Harbour costs for the One & All; 

  • interstate air fares and sundry accommodation and transport costs for interstate young; people joining or returning from a special Challenge Sail; and 

  • Melbourne/Adelaide airfares for volunteer crew joining or leaving the ship while she is in Melbourne. 

It is envisaged that commercial sponsorship will cover a portion of the costs for families who cannot afford to pay; or those of disadvantaged young people. Clubs are asked to:  

  • select suitable students, remembering we wish to have a wide variety of young people but particularly some who are in some way disadvantaged but show promise. The Committee can assist with selection if needed; 

  • raise as much of the $1,900 as possible by: 

  • contributing a minimum of $1,200 from club funds (more if possible); 

  • a contribution from parents who have capacity to do so;  

  • individual club members contributions; or 

  • a combined effort with another club, contributing $950 each 

We do not want any worthy disadvantaged young person to miss out, so if your club falls short of the total, contact us and we will see if commercial sponsorship may be able to assist in getting them aboard. 

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