Archie Leeu, who hails from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Tamsanqa Hoza from Welkom, South Africa, say that the trip was “a wonderful opportunity to learn valuable and practical skills which will equip us for our career as future sea-farers.” They also intended sharing their gained knowledge and skills with their peers at Lawhill Centre open their return from Spain.

This particular ‘Marine Inspirations’ initiative was supported by a number of highly respected captains, yacht-owners, ship-managers, and associated individuals in the maritime industry, including the organizers of the ‘Ibiza Rendezvous Regatta’. For example, one of the students’ flights for the June trip was sponsored by the shipyard ‘Astilleros de Mallorca’, while the other flight-ticket was paid for from a generous grant donated to ‘Marine Inspirations’ by the ‘TK Spirit Youth Sailing Fund’ in the USA. The TK Foundation is the mentoring arm of the ‘Teekay Shipping Corporation’ – under Chairmanship of South African-born, Sean Day. The foundation operates under the stewardship of the Teekay founder’s daughter, Susan Karlshoej, who has recognized the great value and benefits arising from the ‘Marine Inspirations’ initiatives.

The initiative was also strongly endorsed by the ‘General Botha Old Boys Bursary Fund’, which supplied set-up funding and logistical support in Cape Town before the students embarked upon their adventure in June. (

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