AN intrepid young sailor is fulfilling the dream of a lifetime after being selected to sail from Scotland to the Faroe Islands.
Calum Tait (17), from Milngavie, is one of 12 young people from across Scotland to take part in this year’s Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Challenge Voyage.
He will leave from Inverness on the 72-foot sailing ship Alba Explorer on August 15 and sail to The Faroes’ capital Torshavn. While there he will explore other islands and go ashore to meet local young people before making the return voyage, reaching Oban on August 25.
The Douglas Academy pupil, who has been interested in sailing since he was ten, said: “I started being interested in boats from visiting places like Largs and when I went on a boat trip from Arran to the Holy Isle.
“I thought it was so exciting being in a small boat in a lot of sea. From that point I was hooked and just loved boats and the sea.”
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Calum then joined the dinghy section of the Clyde Cruising Club, at Bardowie Loch, near Milngavie.
His voyage to the Faroe Islands will be the longest sea journey Calum has ever undertaken, but he’s looking forward to the challenge of sailing on the high seas.
He added: “I never thought I would ever get the chance to sail all the way to The Faroes. It’s really exciting.
“I’m sure I will make some lifelong friends on the journey and I will learn a lot about teamwork and getting on with people.”
The Challenge Voyage is an initiative which builds the confidence of young people between 16 and 24 and teaches them teamwork skills as well as developing their full potential as leaders of the future.
ON THE HIGH SEAS . . . Calum Tait is all set for his adventure to The Faroe Islands.