Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again

by Lee Mylchreest on 29 Mar 2014
Fleet of Hope kids .. .
Sailing is not only the most enjoyable of all sports or lifestyles, it can be a life-changing event for those with a background of hardship. Out there on the waves, the problems on land seem to fall away into the wake, whether it is planned or not. So Germany's 'Fleet of Hope' sets and example each year about how young people can be helped, just by taking them sailing.

Each year the 'Fleet of Hope' seeks to assimilate the experiences of children in difficult personal situations, give them the opportunity to practice tolerance, ability to work as a team and grow a sense of responsibility, strengthening social abilities, form new friendships, as well as reflecting and coping with personal experiences under supervision of educationalists and psychologists. Why? because children need hope - hope for a better life and a better future.

This year the 'Fleet of hope' is sailing from July 18th until July 27th 2014. Their voyage starts on the island of Fehmarn and goes through a number of regional marinas to the Port of Travemunde, in order to participate in one of Europe’s
largest sailing-events, the '125th Travemunder Woche', where they will raise their flags and perform the sunshine4kids-Show’ on stage on July 26th.



Who is the 'Fleet of hope' intended for?
• Children and teenagers that have lost one or both of their parents
• Children that are brought up in an institution or care homes
• 'Shadow kids', who have lost a sibling or who’s sibling is terminally ill
• Kids who are critically ill or who have been abused
• Children and teenagers whose living circumstances and conditions do not allow a vacation
• Kids and youth between 12 and 16 years of age

Who is attending the children?
• Qualified social education workers
• Teachers
• Psychologists
• Skippers and boat owners
• SProfessional medical personnel supports the entire fleet

Size of the 'Fleet of hope':
In 2014 it is intended to start with more than 100 young participants and 30 yachts with their crews. We hope that the 'Fleet of hope' will experience a continuous development from year to year. Children from every federal state of Germany may participate.

Educational experience
The educational concept of the 'Fleet of hope' leaves a permanent mark not only on the young participants but bids for tolerance and sympathy through large media coverage in the broad public as well. The annual experience of this collective sailing event is creating ideal conditions to transport our goals in a very efficient, concrete and professional way.
Costs
Participation is completely free of charge for the children. All accumulated costs will be covered
by sunshine4kids Association and are furthermore financed by sponsors and other contributors.

Federal President Joachim Gauck says:
'The destiny of disadvantaged children is close to my heart. Due to the difficult living situation that the participants are in for different reasons it is important that these youth can turn their backs to their everyday environment for a while and smell the scent of the big wide world. These escapes from a wearing everyday life are particularly valuable to gain power and inspiration for a promising future. I am pleased to support the engagement of sunshine4kids by taking over the patronage of 'Fleet of hope' 2014.'

'Fleet of Hope' is still looking for sponsors for 2014. For more information email info@sunshine4kids.de

Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportZhik Dinghy 660x82Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

Kids Polarised Sunglasses from Barz Optics
Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Each pair are supplied with a neoprene case and sunglass retainer.
Posted on 4 Aug
Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
Bavaria STYLE 46 Australian Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show
For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. Making the most of your time on board, be it with family or friends, is becoming more important. Yacht owners want certain levels of comfort and an onboard living experience coupled with versatility.
Posted on 26 Jul
What to look for when buying a modern lifejacket
There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on-board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket as part of their kit bag.
Posted on 25 Jul
The New Bavaria Cruiser 34 - you won't believe this is a 34' yacht!
The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World and Australian Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The new Cruiser 34 offers more space and more comfort than ever before with a bigger cockpit, dual helms and ergonomically designed seating. This is the first time the entry level Bavaria cruiser has been offered in twin helm!
Posted on 19 Jul
Navathome Australia brings RYA Theory to your door
The RYA Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. The Royal Yachting Association Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. Split into a theory and practical syllabus the training modules take you in steps from a Start Yachting orientation through to Yachtmaster for either power or sail.
Posted on 5 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Newport Bermuda Race - High Noon takes honours
As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, the powerful 100-foot grand prix Comanche, to the surprise of many they were led by an unusual boat and crew. High Noon, at 41 feet, is fully 59 feet shorter than Comanche and tens of feet shorter than many other entries.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water
Approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. The RQYS Management Committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next?
Posted on 16 Jun