THE Bute contingent in the 2011 Tall Ships Races will be further boosted by the presence of Rothesay Academy pupil Naomi Campbell on board the Ocean Youth Trust’s entry in the event.
Naomi (16), a cadet with Isle of Bute Sailing Club, will join the crew of the OYT yacht Alba Endeavour in Greenock on Monday, and will spend around 11 days working on board until the craft reaches Lerwick in Shetland.
We’ve already reported (see link to ‘Bute brothers set for the sail of a lifetime’ to the right of this story) the news that brothers Ruairidh and Cammy Soane would be joining the Dutch sail training vessel Tecla for the Greenock-Lerwick leg of the event.
Naomi was chosen to be part of the Alba Endeavour’s crew after all the local club’s cadets were invited to apply to the Ocean Youth Trust for a single place on board the yacht for the ‘Cruise in Company’ part of the 2011 event.
Twelve young people aged between 16 and 25, and six adults, will crew the yacht on its journey up the west coast of Scotland.
Naomi has been fund-raising for some time to help meet the cost of her participation in the event, with an under-18 disco, a pampering night and the sale of woolly hats knitted by her gran among the initiatives organised over the last couple of months.
Support, financial and otherwise, has also been given by Port Bannatyne Marina, Ardbrannan Livery, The Bike Shed, the Rotary Club of Rothesay and Isle of Bute Sailing Club itself, along with Naomi’s many friends and family members.
Naomi, who has been sailing since the age of eight, may also have the chance to obtain her RYA day skipper’s certificate during the journey.
The 50 or so ships involved in this year’s event are currently in port in Greenock, where they will stay until Tuesday afternoon, departing in a spectacular Parade of Sail down the Firth of Clyde.