Swinton Park owner sails onto the board

Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Baroness Masham, at Swinton Park Hotel.
Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Baroness Masham, at Swinton Park Hotel.

Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Baroness Masham, has signed up to help more young people in the North of England stay on course for success by encouraging them to try adventurous sail training at sea.

Baroness Masham, proprietor of Swinton Park hotel has joined the board of trustees at Ocean Youth Trust North, a youth development and sail training charity based in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.

A lifelong sailing enthusiast and qualified sailing instructor, the Baroness comes from a family of five Master Mariners and said she wants young people to experience the same opportunities she enjoyed through sailing.

“Learning to sail has given me the chance to see the world, make friends, learn how to work as part of a team and become self-reliant and determined,” she said.

“By becoming a trustee of Ocean Youth Trust North I can give something back to young people in our region. Sail training is one of the best ways to help a person grow in confidence and equip them with useful skills and resources they can rely on throughout their lives.”

OYTN provides young people with the opportunity to sail on James Cook, its purpose built 70-foot 54 tonne ketch under the expert tuition of Skipper Grace Metcalfe, a former crew member.

While onboard young people learn how to navigate, set the sails, take the helm and take responsibility for all cooking and cleaning as well as developing their team work, leadership, communication and problem solving skills.

Steve Lennon, General Manager of OYTN, said: “We are so pleased that Baroness Masham has agreed to join our board of Trustees. She works tirelessly to raise money for a whole range of charities, especially ours, and believes passionately in the merits of our work with young people.”

The Baroness keeps a 21 foot keelboat in Devon and is currently teaching her young children to sail in the school holidays. She has taught sailing in Australia and the Mediterranean.