Two of UKSA’s Superyacht Cadets took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London on Saturday.
Tory Armstrong, 22, of Armagh, and 18-year-old Dan Snook, from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, are both funded by Trinity House and were invited to accompany the Trinity House float. The show has been staged for 799 years and is one of the oldest, grandest and best-loved civic pageants in the world.
Tory has always been a keen traveller having worked in many parts of the world. Growing up with her parents who had a boat, she now wants to make the maritime industry her place of work.
She said: “All my friends have gone to university and now they each have a huge debt, I’ve never regretted not going! I only heard about this Cadetship at the start of this year and as I’ve always loved sailing and am passionate about it, I think I have really found what I was looking for. I would not have been able to do it without the funding from Trinity House, which is worth approximately £13,000 and covers my foundation degree. I am going to spend three to four years working towards my Officer of the Watch and get the experience in the industry.”
Dan explained, “It was a big honour for me and it was nice that UKSA and Trinity House were included. My Trinity House funding has been a big help as my parents would never have been able to pay for my course, so it’s taken a lot of strain off their shoulders and they are really happy. Getting selected for the Cadetship was a really proud moment.”
Dan has always been interested in the marine industry, following in his father’s footsteps: Dan’s dad used to be in the Merchant Navy. Dan started Sea Cadets at the age of 12. He was clearly perfect for being out at sea as he showed huge promise early on. He put his name down for UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship when he was just 15. Now 18, the time is right for him to start, having done his GCSEs and A Levels.
Emma Baggett, Industry and Cadetship Manager at UKSA, commented: “We were so proud that Tory and Dan were able to take part in this amazing showcase, it really is a tribute to their enthusiasm for the industry and their hard work and determination to excel on the course. It also highlights the value that Trinity House places on cadets and on the training they receive from UKSA.”
The four year Superyacht cadetship course combines professional training at UKSA and paid work placements in the superyacht industry and provides a structured path through the RYA and MCA qualifications. It ultimately opens up opportunities to work in the industry in an unrestricted worldwide basis as Captain of yachts up to 200gt, Chief Mate up to 500gt and Officer of the Watch of the very largest superyachts up to 3000gt.
Trinity House offers financial support to the future leaders of large commercial yachting through the Professional Yachtsman Bursary Scheme (PYBS). It distributes funds to support high quality training to those who would otherwise not be able to access it. Trinity House supports selected cadetship places at UKSA each year, providing significant funding towards the first phase of the cadetship for successful candidates.