Kids Who Sail Close to the Wind, Change Direction
The group of ten youngsters learned diving, first aid and basic
sailing onboard the Glaciere, moored at the Liverpool Marina.
The brainchild of Liverpool's Dave Murray - the Glaciere project
teaches disadvantaged youngsters the basics of sailing, in a bid to
motivate, inspire, and keep them on the straight and narrow.
Riverside Housing gave £4,000 towards the five-week course as part
of its mission to reduce anti-social behaviour in its
neighbourhoods. The police provided £1000 funding and St
Helens Neighbourhood Action group paid for transport.
Tanya Marsh, Riverside's community initiatives officer said:
"We worked with the police to identify a group from St Helens that
would most benefit from the experience. The teamwork and
discipline needed for sailing helps to turn young people's lives
around. Some kids go on to take up further sailing courses
and even become volunteers at the Glaciere project or other sailing
The Glaciere project was recently featured as part of an ITV
documentary. Dave Murray resurrected the sail ship from the
bottom of the River Mersey five years ago to bring it back to its
former glory. Now restored, it plays host to young people
from across the region and its story is used as a metaphor for
repairing wrecked lives.
Mark Whitehead works closely with the youngsters as a daily
volunteer on the ship. Mark started his nautical career on a
similar course to the ones he now teaches. "I've seen many kids and
adults change their lives through their introduction to sailing,"
said Mark. "One of our novice sailors had an alcohol
dependency problem but his love for diving inspired him to give up
the booze to take his diving to another level."