Olympic medalist to Champion final leg

Portrait of Paul AndersonThe Olympic medal winner and America’s Cup skipper Paul Anderson OBE is to be the Champion for the final leg of the Voyage to Success 2012. The final leg of the UK circumnavigation  to mark Duet’s centenary and London 2012 will depart Eastbourne on Tuesday to arrive in London in time for the Olympic closing ceremony. She will be crewed by young people completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Duet departed London at the end of May carrying a baton crafted from original timbers of the Cutty Sark. She has been sailed by eleven teams of young people, many of whom experience considerable disadvantage such as homelessness or being in care. The voyage not only celebrates Duet’s Centenary but seeks to draw on the inspiration of London 2012 to raise the aspirations of the 60 young participants.

As Champion for the Leg, Paul Anderson’s role is to provide encouragement to the young people during their voyage and to congratulate them upon their return.

He said “The experience of being a member of the crew on a traditional sailing vessel not only gives you the opportunity to learn and respect the way of the sea but to work as a team, creating self confidence and pride in your performance as part of a team that relies on each other to ensure successful manning of the ship. To take this experience into everyday life can only create opportunity, friendship and an attitude for your future in life.”

Paul Anderson, who won Bronze sailing 5.5 Metre class in the 1968 Olympics, will present certificates of achievement to the young people at a ceremony at Limehouse Basin, London  on Saturday 11th August. The Mayor of Chelmsford will be in attendance as The Cirdan Trust is the Mayor’s charity for 2012.


Our Champion for Leg 3 of the Voyage to Success 2012

The Champion for Leg 3 is Callum Airlie who at the age of 16 has been a GBR dinghy sailing squad member since 2008. He has twice been awarded RYA Scotland Young Sailor of the Year and this year represents Great Britain in the 420s European and World series. He is a Bank of Scotland ‘Local Hero’.

Callum will be carrying the Olympic Torch through the town of Gordon on Thursday before welcoming the Duet crew to nearby Eyemouth where he will present the young people from Deckham Community Centre with Certificates of Achievement.


He says . . .

“Sailing is one of life’s great levellers: it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you have. There is nothing to match that sense of freedom and achievement you feel whilst battling across the open sea. It is just you, your crewmates and the forces of nature. Go out there, give it your all, and most importantly, enjoy it!”

Callum Airlie (Helm) with Joe Butterwirth at 2011 National Championships

Callum Airlie (Helm) with Joe Butterwirth at 2011 National Championships


Message of support from the Olympic Board

A message of support for the Voyage to Success 2012 has been revived from the Rt. Hon Don Foster who is MP for Bath and a member of the Olympic Board.

“My very best wishes to Cirdan Sailing Trust and my thanks for all the excellent work it does to help disadvantaged young people. Good luck and “bon voyage” to all who are sailing onboard “Duet” during its epic voyage around the UK, celebrating its 100th year and the 2012 Olympics”. 

Why not send your good will message to the crews who will be sailing the Voyage to Success? Simply click on the speech bubble to the top right of this message.

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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.