Nouh's Sailing Trip
Nouh from Coram's Young Citizens project went on his first sailing voyage, sponsored by one of Coram's Chartered Patrons.
One of our Charter Patron donors was offered the opportunity to take part in a three day boat race. Well aware of the benefits to confidence, team working and leadership, she generously chose to sponsor Nouh, a young person from Coram's Young Citizens programme, to take her place.
Hi I’m Nouh, from Coram’s Young Citizens, a voluntary programme for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
One of the Coram supporters helped me achieve my dream of sailing on a boat with the Jubilee Sailing Trust boat race. I like sailing because I was born by the river and I went fishing with my dad, I feel really I belong to water and it’s from my blood. It was my first sailing ever and it’s the most beautiful time in my life on the sailing boat. It was a really amazing experience.
What were the people like?
Day one we get to know each other and everyone introduced themselves. We got a lot of people on the boat, it’s a diverse boat. We’ve got engineers, we got doctors, we got a lot of different backgrounds and we got pilots, people who are disabled, experienced and not experienced people.
It’s like a family for three days - we worked together as one connected family. We got to know each other because you have no-one else and you’re on the sea and that's it.
What did you learn?
I learnt climbing, to be independent for three days on the sea. We did navigation, how to speak through the VHF radio and how to call distress if there are accidents, how you ask for help. I enjoyed learning how to drive the boat in a professional way, how to read the navigation and how to control the vessel.
I gained leadership skills and how to work in a team and I gained confidence. Once you have confidence and you are a leader this is one of the most important things.
What was the most challenging thing?
The most challenging thing was waking up early! We wake up at 3am or 4am to do shifts - who’s on watch keeping, who’s on the boat, and this is really a challenge for me to wake up early.
What was the best thing?
The most beautiful thing is when you wake up in the morning and you see the sun there and it’s a spectacular view. It’s one of my happiest moments.
The race was the 40th anniversary in the Isle of Wight for the Lord Nelson boat. We won the race and we were so happy. We had a party after three days when we were sailing around the Isle of Wight. We got a lot of food, we got juice and people drink, I’m not drinking but I had pepsi and 7up and stuff like that.
What are your hopes for the future?
I’m doing Level 2 BTEC Engineering. My aim is to go to university to be in marine engineering, this is really one of my future goals.
I really want to try sailing again and again, I want to try in a different way and on different boats.
It was one of my dreams to be on a boat for a couple of days and I nailed it! Thank you so so much for giving me this opportunity.
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