Richard Huish College student, Ossian Hojme, has been selected as one of the crew aboard the Yacht, Rona II, in the Trans-Atlantic Tall-Ships Race 2017.
Organised by Sail Training International, the 2017 race sees the ‘Rona II’ racing from the UK to Portugal, across the Atlantic to Bermuda, the US, Canada and back across the Atlantic to France, giving crews of deserving teenagers a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Getting a place on one of the ships is hugely competitive, the race only takes place every nine years, and thousands apply to get a place on one of the legs. Sixteen-year-old Ossian is also the youngest crew member on his leg (Bermuda-Boston) and one of (if not) the youngest participants in the whole event.
Ossian comments, ‘It is an excellent opportunity to further my skills and a genuine life changing experience. The fundraising project is now well underway and to meet the cost of participating in the race I am hoping to raise sponsorship for the crew fees and the yacht (Rona II), to enable this incredible challenge, and also to help support the fantastic opportunities that the Rona Sailing Project provide for young people’.
Having grown up on Exmoor, Ossian started sailing when he was nine years old as part of the unique ‘Exmoor Curriculum’. The former Dulverton Middle School and West Somerset College student now studies A Level Biology and Chemistry at Richard Huish College, Taunton.
Ossian joined the Sailing Club at Wimbleball Lake, aged ten, where he completed the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme awards and having passed the RYA Sailing Instructor certification last year now teaches cadets himself.
Introduced to the Rona Trust in 2014, Ossian was recommended for the Scott Award after his first Sail Training Voyage. He has since sailed with Rona a further four times and also participated in the Small Ships race around the Solent last year. Ossian received the Amory Award, which enabled him to apply for selection as crew for the Trans-Atlantic Tall-Ships Race Rendez-vous 2017, on leg 3 from Boston to Bermuda, between 1st and 6th June.
Ossian and crew (Pictured front row, sat down, fourth from right)
Ossian’s Fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ossianhojme1