About the Will Black fund

Will Black was a warm, funny, compassionate person with a quick wit and the most infectious smile, he made friends wherever he went. He was also a talented ocean yachtsman and sailed round most of the globe. In the yachting industry, he found a home for his spirit of adventure. 

Sadly on 25th September 2010, whilst Will was working on a superyacht in Monaco, the tender he was driving was involved in an accident.  We believe that he must have been thrown into the water and despite a massive air-sea rescue search, heartbreakingly Will ‘s body has never been found. He was only 28.

He first started sailing when his school teacher started an after-school club at Papercourt Lake in Ripley.  He took part in competitions which sealed his love of the sport and therefore when he left school, decided to make sailing his life. He trained at UKSA and then set off for a life on the water.

Who is the Will Black bursary for?

The bursary allows committed young people with a desire to enter the maritime sector the opportunity to seek financial support to help them take the first step into training. Will’s family continue to fundraise for the bursary.

How can you help?

If you would like to support the Will Black Bursary, we welcome donations through our JustGiving page.

How do I apply? 

Your course advisor will be able to assess your eligibility, advise you on how much you might receive, and support you with your funding applications. Please call 01983 203038 or email [email protected]