Poole sailor heads out into the Superyacht Industry

A high ranking career in the superyacht industry has moved one step closer for Poole sailor Lewis Smith.
UKSA Cadet Lewis Smith
UKSA Cadet Lewis Smith
April 6, 2011 - PRLog -- Officer trainee Lewis (20) is currently studying on a three year Yachting Cadetship with Isle of Wight maritime charity UKSA.

Cadetship training is a combination of shoreside training at UKSA and in paid work placements aboard some of the world’s largest superyachts. Lewis has now completed his first phase of shoreside training and has started a year’s placement in the industry on a 28m sail yacht in the Mediterranean.

“Many young people chose the Cadetship and a career in superyachting over going to university.” says UKSA Cadet Co-ordinator Emma Baggett.

“When employing a Cadet such as Lewis, a captain gains a reliable crewmember prepared to work hard and consistently.”

The next intake for Officer trainees is October 2011. There are opportunities for motivated young people like Lewis to apply for funding from Trinity House and its Professional Yachtsman Bursary Scheme (PYBS).

The funding will allow successful applicants to have 75% of their course fees paid and receive a maintenance grant to help them through their studies.

Applications for funding need to be submitted by April 30.

For more information or to apply for the Cadetship and Trinity House funding,  please visit http://www.uksa.org/trinityhouse or call UKSA on 01983 203034.


Notes for Editors

UKSA is the UK’s leading youth maritime charity, working to change lives through maritime education and personal development. 7,222 individuals benefited from UKSA’s charitable activity in 2010, of which 17.6 per cent received assisted funding from UKSA.

As a globally recognised professional training provider in yachting and watersports, UKSA has a strong alumni network in the global maritime industry. Its graduates include the world-renowned sailor Dee Caffari.

Based in Cowes, UKSA’s 3.5 acre on shore campus and fleet offers a comprehensive range of industry accredited yachting and watersports careers programmes, leisure training and multi activity watersports activities for schools and youth groups.

UKSA was founded by the retail entrepreneur Noel Lister.  The charity celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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