Dream Yacht Charter is the largest privately owned charter company worldwide. Dream Yacht Charter has named Oarsome Chance as its official charity.
With a current fleet of more than 1000 yachts sailing out of over 50 bases worldwide, Dream Yacht Charter was founded in 2000 by Loïc Bonnet, with six yachts based in the Seychelles. The company has grown to offer bareboat, luxury crewed and by the cabin charters from destinations including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Australasia, Mediterranean and Asia.
Commenting on the partnership, Andy Byham, UK Director of Dream Yacht Charter said: “I’m delighted that we are able to support the great work done by Oarsome Chance which offers young people a real alternative route to employment. The Canvas Works programme is a great way to recycle yacht sails which would otherwise end up in landfill sites and we will be donating our used sails to the programme.”
Canvas Works is an important part of the Oarsome Chance offering, teaching young people skills including product design, machine work, time management, raw material sourcing and small business operation. The carbon and kevlar weave within modern yacht sails make them an ideal material to produce hardwearing, practical and attractive holdalls, wallets, wash bags, deck chairs and more, with many of the items produced being made to fulfil specific orders.
In addition to donating used sails, Dream Yacht Charter will offer work experience to teach young people the practical skills needed to maintain a premier sailing fleet, from their UK base in Port Hamble. They have also made a commitment to provide craft to support young people within the RYA Cruising Scheme - an entry point to offshore careers in the marine industry.