Social Impact Assessment Project

The Ocean Youth Trust North has its origins in the 1960’s Ocean Youth Club and brings Adventure under Sail® to children and young people from across the north of England. Since 1987 the James Cook has taken many young crews, as individuals or from schools and other youth organisations, to sea with the support of full-time and volunteer sea staff. We want to understand what difference, if any, sail training voyages make for all of those involved, the crews, sea-staff, parents and guardians, teachers and those who have funded voyages, and to this end we are about to embark on a study of your experiences of OYT North voyages and activities.

This study will be conducted by Dr Eric Fletcher, one of our trustees and an associate member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University,  Dr Heather Prince, Associate Professor at the University of Cumbria will be the Principal Investigator. Heather has a wealth of experience in Outdoor Adventure Education, you can read her biography here. You can read Eric and Heather’s paper detailing their previous sail training study here

This study will provide you with the opportunity to tell us about your own OYT North experience, as crew or sea-staff and whether you sailed or not.

Should you require any information about this study then please contact Eric at

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