“I was going nowhere with school. But when I started sailing, I saw the point of learning. Since then, I’ve achieved more than most people I know.
Jaydon has a diagnosis of ADHD and struggled with both primary school and in the main school.
He started sailing at the age of 11 and took part in an offshore race from Ramsgate to Gosport. We won the race and he went onto win a prize for the youngest competitor. This was the spark for him. He then sailed virtually every weekend and has become supremely competent.
He is from a single parent, highly disadvantaged family, yet competes on a national level most weekends. He has gone from being disengaged with his education to being our main fund raising speaker, such is the increase in his confidence.
“I was one of the youngest people ever to do the Fastnet and now I race as much as I can on Cote.
I’ve even had two job offers in sailing, that I never could have dreamed of. It’s a million miles from my situation in Harringey. Sailing has taught me so many life skills- including organisation, resilience and the importance of working hard at all times to maximise performance.