Outdoor student and Sailing Novice to go on Wales Challenge Tall Ships Adventure!

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Arron Tregenza

Arron Tregenza

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Coleg Meiron-Dwyfor Dolgellau’s student Arron Tregenza is busy preparing for his next big outdoor adventure and it’s likely to prove challenging.

Arron, from Dyffryn Ardudwy, is currently studying the BTEC Diploma in Outdoor Adventure on the Dolgellau campus so he is no stranger to taking on outdoor challenges. It was with delight therefore that Arron recently learned that he had been successful in his application to take part in the Wales Challenge. This is a challenge which will seriously test his sense of adventure and technical knowledge to the limit by sailing in a gruelling 10-day voyage on the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta. Arron is not a sailor and has not had any substantive experience of sailing previously, so this is likely to be even more of a challenge for him.

Arron starts the voyage in Liverpool on 27 May 2018 and then sails with the rest of the crew to Dublin, finishing off in Cardiff ten days later.

Arron secured funding for this voyage from the Sail Training International Bursary scheme together with the Wales Challenge charity.
Wales Challenge is a training charity for sailing with its HQ based in Cardiff Bay. Wales Challenge operates a number of sailing vessels including Challenge Wales/ Wales’ Tall Ship – a 72 foot round- the-world racing yacht. It also operates Adventure Wales, a 60 foot double-masted schooner.

This charity helps all those who step aboard to develop their personal and social skills; it gives those people a sense of purpose whilst increasing their confidence and helping to broaden their horizons. Teamwork and leadership skills are all developed too whilst on board the vessels.

Arron said: I feel privileged to have been nominated to take part in the Tall Ships Regatta. I am really looking forward to developing my sailing skills during the voyage and to meeting new people from all different walks of life.

Co-ordinator of Outdoor Adventure on the Dolgellau campus, Delyth Jones said:
Well done to Arron for using his initiative to gain the funding to enable him to take up this amazing offer of sailing on the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta. We are proud that he has successfully obtained a place on board for what I am sure will prove to be an adventure of a lifetime.

The skills gained on his Outdoor Adventure course at Dolgellau should prove invaluable on the voyage. Here in the College our aim is to foster confidence in our students; good judgement; technical ability; as well as fostering a sense of adventure and having fun whilst learning!

Our thanks go to the Sail Training International Bursary scheme together with the Wales Challenge charity for providing Arron with this fantastic opportunity.

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