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A legacy can go a long way to help change the lives of young people.

CatZero were fortunate enough to receive a legacy through the Colin DeMowbray scholarship, awarded to CatZero to support a young person through a sailing apprenticeship.

Sam Hodgkinson was the first apprentice to benefit from the scholarship, chosen from a number of young people who completed the original CatZero NEETs programme.

Sam spent two years hard at work, first completing his Day Skipper, followed by his Yachtmaster off-shore. Sam experienced his first race, competing in the 2011 Fastnet as part of the OneHull (now CatZero) crew.  He then spent four months sailing from Hull to Las Palmas, St Lucia and The Azores as part of the CatZero North Atlantic challenge which encompassed the famous ARC race, building up his experience and miles.
Sam continued to go from strength to strength with his sailing. He was promoted to First Mate in March 2012 when he also received an additional bursary from Trinity to complete his Yachtmaster Ocean certificate, which he gained in October 2012.

At the end of 2012 Sam got the opportunity to work abroad, where he gained experience in commissioning vessels in Palma, Majorca as well as acting as First Mate on board a delivery from Bayona to Gran Canaria, Spain. At the start of 2013 he was again employed commissioning vessels in Palma, Majorca.

On his return to the UK Sam rejoined CatZero to help out on the extensive re-fit of the yacht and saild in the capacity of First Mate onboard CatZero throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He also runs the pre-season re-fit of the yacht and then looks after the maintenance on board CatZero.   Sam is now a fully qualified commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Ocean which has opened up a world of opportunities to him and is hoping to achieve his ambition is to be the youngest-ever skipper of a vessel in the famous Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

If you would like to discuss the benefits of offering a legacy with CatZero to allow another young person a similar opportunity, please give us a call on 01482 333303 and ask for Danny.