Two Southampton based maritime organisations have announced a unique collaboration this week, bringing together two different sides of the sailing world.

Oyster Yachts have embarked on a multi-year sponsorship of international charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The announcement underscores Oyster’s commitment to maritime philanthropy and the Southampton community.

Located on the banks of the River Itchen, Oyster have become international market leaders for world class cruising yachts, having built to the highest specifications. Whilst on the opposite side of the river, the JST have become world-renowned for tall ship sailing adventures that are inclusive for people of all physical and sensory abilities.

Funds from this sponsorship will allow people from Southampton to sail with the JST. These voyages integrate people with disabilities and able-bodied, breaking down barriers and changing perceptions around disability.

It’s also a prime opportunity to jointly promote the benefits of a maritime career amongst the local community, whilst creating opportunities for individuals – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – to take a first step on the career ladder.

David Tydeman, Oyster CEO, commented:

“We’re delighted to be working with the JST and we look at this investment in people as an extension of some other initiatives we do within the Oyster group to help people develop their careers and a passion for the marine industry, for example our apprenticeship programme.  Whilst we operate in an exclusive environment in the sense that our clients are people who can afford luxury yachts, we believe it’s important to keep our feet firmly on the ground and look after the people who build and run yachts for the more privileged owners”

Duncan Souster, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, added:

“We are delighted to be embarking on this new relationship with Oyster Yachts and excited at the potential to offer life-changing sailing experiences to individuals in our local community who might not have previously benefited from our work. It’s also fantastic to see two proximate organisations coming together  to promote inclusivity and create opportunities for the local community.”