Jaime Guerreiro has a Portuguese father and English mother and was brought up in Portugal, where he recently finished his A Levels.
He said: “I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I have been sailing since I was five, so I started googling Merchant Navy and superyachts. Working on a sailing boat would be a big passion for me.”
He knew as soon as he found out about UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship that it was the course for him. There was just one problem – he couldn’t afford it. Luckily for Jaime, UKSA as a youth charity has funding streams available for the right candidates, and Jaime shone in his selection and funding interviews. A huge chunk of his course has now been funded, mainly though Seafarers UK and additionally through the Milo Hanlon Bursary.
He said: “If it was not for Seafarers and the Milo Hanlon Bursary I would not be here on this course. I was really happy when I got granted funding, it’s just enabled me to fulfil what I want to do. UKSA is a great place and all the charity work is amazing, it helps a lot of people, it’s a well run place and I have got no complaints as the help and support they give is really good.”
As part of his cadetship, Jaime will do an FdSc foundation degree in Operational Yacht Science at Falmouth Marine School.