Sara Jane Reignites her Spirit of Adventure with OYT North

As a teenager, Sara Jane Chorkley had a passion for adventure and as part of that spent many hours sailing with friends, but as education, work and starting a family inevitably took the lion share of her time, her sailing days became a distant memory, until a chance meeting with Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT North) at last year’s Tall Ships Race in Hartlepool.

During the visit with her family, Sara Jane, a solicitor at Farley’s in Accrington met the team from OYT North after they had just raced across the North Sea from Norway with a crew of 14 young people from all walks of life.

Commenting, Sara Jane said, “Visiting the Tall Ships really sparked the good memories of my sailing past and after chatting with members of the OYT North team it was clear that they offered young people a fantastic opportunity to develop their personal skills, whatever their background.

“I thought my son would love it, so we signed up to receive information with a view to booking him on a future trip. Then earlier this year I received an e-mail from the team to say that they were hosting an adult voyage and thought it would be a great opportunity to have a bit of an adventure and some fun with my friends Samantha Cunliffe and Pauline Riley, so went ahead and  booked it.”

Sara Jane and her two friends took part in an overnight sail from North Shields on Tyneside down the east coast to Hartlepool.

Sara Jane continued, “It was a great experience and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Grace, the skipper was phenomenal and guided us brilliantly, and sailing though the night was a new experience for all of us.  I enjoyed it so much I’ve recommended it to my son’s school so hopefully some of the pupils can benefit from this great education and development programme.”

Steve Lennon, General Manager of OYT North said, “Whilst we’re based in the North East we welcome crew from across the whole of the North and we’re delighted that Sara Jane and her friends enjoyed their voyage, and hope they recommend the experience to all their family, friends and colleagues.”

OYT North specialises in the personal and social development of young people through the unique medium of Adventure under Sail. It offers safe but exhilarating residential experiences to young people, helping them to discover more about themselves and the world whilst learning new skills.

If you are interested in learning more about Ocean Youth Trust North please visit If you would like to book a sailing trip or request further information please email or phone Rachel in the office on 0191 257 1212.

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