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Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation

A non-profit organisation with the principal purpose of educating children, youths and young adults in the sport of sailing, as well as providing a training and competitive experience on an offshore sailing boat in local or offshore sailing regattas.

Our Mission

The Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation is a non-profit voluntary organisation with the principal purpose of educating children, youths and young adults in the sport of sailing.

Currently the organisation administers ‘Jarhead’ which is a 36-foot J-109 racing sailing boat. The main scope of the foundation is to reach out to disenfranchised and mainstream secondary school students who have never experienced the sport of sailing. The beginners program, which is currently being developed is planned to be launched by February 2019. 

The same racing boat is also available in order to provide for a training and a competitive experience in local or inshore Mediterranean region sailing regattas for more experienced 16 years+ sailors who form part of the intermediate or advanced program.

Advanced Program

Rolex Middle Sea Race

‘Jarhead’ has also participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race via the more experienced group of young sailors aged 16+ under the guidance of experienced skipper Mr.Richard Nicolson.  In 2017 the race was attempted but retired due to extreme weather conditions whilst the 2018 ‘50th Anniversary’ race edition, Jarhead young sailors completed the challenging race with a positive and encouraging result.

Founder's Statement

Stubborn, obstinance, something that won’t give up, will battle the odds no matter what. No pretentious connotations, bottom of the rung and willing to climb, not to be messed with – even in defeat undefeated

 Mission critical is to take the young who don’t get the breaks, for whatever reason, foster them in self-belief, reach down inside and open up stillborn opportunity, fling wide the windows of opportunity. 

Instil resilience and inspire them by casting them adrift, on the low down and dirty, the eponymous ‘Jarhead’, a 36-foot racing sloop. Off into the deep blue sea, beyond the sight of land, way beyond their comfort zone, to a place where the horizon never ends.

Greg Nasmyth & Samantha Rowe-Beddoe

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The JYSF is pleased to announce that following last year’s successful completion of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, we will be competing again by entering an additional J-109 boat, hence a sistership of x2 J-109’s.

The JYSF is currently shortlisting young sailors who are interested in taking part in the iconic offshore race which starts on the 19th of October. A training and preparation program will also ensue as from September 2019.

The images below spell out an interview with last years JYSF young sailors published on the Royal Malta Yacht Club’s magazine Spinnaker.

For further details please contact the JYSF directly on info@jarheadyoungsailorsmalta.org or the Foundations administrator Wilfrid Buttigieg via text message on +356 99977778.

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