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Help us train more unemployed youth to sail in St Lucia by refitting our new training boat Spica.

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Jus' Sail is a small heritage sailing company in St Lucia. Our mission with the Jus' Sail Foundation (the not for profit entity we have set up) is to focus our energies for training of unemployed local youth in the skills and attitude necessary to get into sustainable employment. We have had great success over the past five years training young persons, placing them in the workplace from which they have maintained their employment and thrived within the local maritime and wider tourism sector. We want to expand our training program and train more youth, to do this we need a dedicated training boat. Through a donation from a supporter we have recently been able to purchase the hull of a lovely sail boat called Spica of Dart. She is 28ft long and is a solid and sturdy vessel, perfect for training. She was sailed over from England in the mid-1980's and has resided in St Lucia ever since. Sadly, she was damaged by another vessel that broke its mooring during some unusually windy weather in 2016 and the impact of which caused Spica to loose her mast and rigging, which now needs to be rebuilt. She is therefore a work in progress to get her into shipshape condition for training. Our goal is to use her to help to train and certify local unemployed youth in our annual Jus' Sail Youth Training Program and we need to raise funds to help us complete her renovation in time to do that for this summer. The funds we are seeking are needed to undertake the rebuilding of her mast, to purchase a diesel engine to make her useful for docking practice and manoeuvering under motor and to invest in a range of miscellaneous items necessary aboard a seaworthy sailing vessel which includes safety equipment such as: lifejackets, distress flares, VHF radio and wetweather gear for crew whilst aboard. We need your help to achieve our fundraising goal and get this beautiful old boat back in the water where she will allow many local youth over the years to come to gain valuable skills and long term career options on and around the waters of our little Caribbean island.

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