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Widow gifts husband’s yacht to Weymouth College students
STUDENTS from Weymouth College have put their skills to use to help restore a yacht ready for the summer.
Weymouth and Portland Outdoor Adventure, construction and engineering students at Weymouth College set to work on the boat and hope to have it ready for Easter.
Previously, the yacht was sailed by the late Roger Cain whose wife donated it to the college as she felt he would have wanted it to go to a home that would use it to promote sailing and encourage young people into activity.
The restoration of the yacht has been an opportunity for students from different departments to join in the project from beginning to end.
The students have christened the yacht Roger in memory of Mr Cain and as a dedication to him.
Outdoor adventure academy and National Citizen Service manager at the college Alex Sergison said: “This generous donation will enable the students of Weymouth, and we hope people from the wider community, to enjoy the joys of sailing on this world-class coast line.”
Director of construction and engineering Rex Witts, chief instructor Lee Kenney and Alex Sergison said that they wanted to give special thanks to Roger’s wife, and Phill and Edd Gollop from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for their help and support.
The construction and engineering students will be taking the yacht out on its maiden voyage at Easter as a reward for the time and effort they have put into restoring the yacht.
Other students will also have an opportunity to sail in the summer.
Weymouth and Portland Outdoor Adventure offers a wide variety of activities from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, such as kayaking, sailing, climbing, team building activities and canoeing.
Anyone who wants to find out more about outdoor education, construction or engineering at the college can visit the college website at Weymouth.ac.uk or call 01305 761100 for more details.