Monday, June 10, 2013


Ortigia, Siracusa

Today a sailing boat left Ortigia in Siracusa for Ancona, from where her very unusual crew will sail her in the ORC International World Championships which will be held there from 21st - 29th June. The crew, made up of 18 young people who have been in prison or have been addicted to drugs, have been trained to sail as part of a social inclusion programme called "Liberi di... liberi da" [Free of.... free from"] which is funded by the Sicilian Regional Government.

The young people were trained for two years and then given work experience placements in various shipyards in Siracusa. There, reports Corriere della Sera, their co-workers imparted to them their own love of the sea and boats. What is more, the experiment worked so well that the young people are now regarded as indispensable by their employers.

I am sure you will join me in wishing the Nerina and her crew good luck. 


Rachel Cotterill said...

That's an amazing idea! :D

rosaria williams said...

What a great idea!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Rachel and Rosaria, I'm glad you both think so, too.

RNSANE said...

That is a wonderful success story.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Carmen. Yes, it is.


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