Inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

10 days to go! If you are reading this on 16th May - Happy Inspire Day!

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‘Voyage to Success 2012 is one of over two thousand seven hundred projects using the Inspire mark across the United Kingdom. I’d like to thank Cirdan Sailing Trust for all their support and hard work using the power of the Games to inspire change.” Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

But what do we mean when we say that Voyage to Success is drawing inspiration from the Olympic Games? Is Duet aiming to sail to the Olympic ideals of  ’faster’, ‘higher’, ‘stronger’?

No that is not the aim. What the project draws from the Olympics is the spirit of aiming higher, of overcoming challenge, of achieving things that you never thought you could.

It is this spirit that has been recognised by the organisers of the 2012 Games with the award of the Inspire Mark at the masthead of this page. Although there are 2700 local projects in the Inspire programme, V2S is one of only a handlful of national projects. The combination of the route Duet will sail and where our young people have come from allows us to claim that our project reaches every English region, Scotland and every nation in the United Kingdom.

The Inspire Mark is not the voyage’s only connection to the Olympic Games.

  • The Voyage links two Olympic venues arriving in Weymouth for the Opening Ceremony and London for the Closing Ceremony.
  • Duet will be carrying an Olympic baton specially crafted from timbers of the Cutty Sark which will be passed from crew to crew as Duet completes her voyage around Britain.
  • Each of the 11 legs has a ‘Champion’, someone who has inspired others through their actions, and several of these are ex Olympians. They will be joining the participants at the end of their leg to inspire and congratulate.

We are grateful to Seb Coe for his message of support for Voyage to Success. You can send your own good wishes by adding a comment below or messaging @CirdanTrust on Twitter. Use the links at the foot of this page.