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Anchors away for pupils who learnt to sail a superyacht

24 November 2014 – Pupils from the Isle of Wight had the chance to sail their way around the world using a ship simulator thanks to Red Funnel.

A group of year 8 pupils from Sandown Bay Academy visited Warsash Maritime Academy last week with Red Funnel chief officers Matthew Parker and Jodi Le Breton to try their hands at sailing a container ship and superyacht using the Academy’s simulator.

The team of schoolchildren were chosen after they were awarded the ‘Most Innovative Project’ prize in a regional competition called ‘My School is an Island’. Their project focused on using renewable energy and low-carbon transportation.

Chief officers Matthew and Jodi assisted the students with their projects as mentors in the Go4SET programme, which promotes STEM subject-based careers to schoolchildren.

Matthew said: “It was a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic team of young people and I enjoyed sharing with them what makes working at sea such an interesting and varied career. I’m delighted that several of the pupils are interested in pursuing a career in the Merchant Navy, and spending the day at Warsash Maritime Academy provided them with a valuable insight into the range of opportunities available to them.”

Mark Slawson, fleet and technical director at Red Funnel, said: “This type of experience is fantastic for Island pupils to have at such a young age and we’re proud to support such initiatives.”

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