Disabled youngster becomes ‘youngest ever’ professional yacht master


A disabled youngster has becomes one of the ‘youngest ever’ professional yacht master’s, aged just 18. A Cumbrian teenager is celebrating after becoming one of the youngest ever professional yacht master’s, at the tender age of 18. Former Windermere School pupil, Dominic Jackson, has passed the ‘professional yacht master offshore course’, delivered by the Sports Scotland National Centre Cumbrae on the island of Cumbrae, in Scotland. Dominic, who is described, by his family as a ‘natural sailor’, started learning the ropes aged 10, at the International School in Qatar.

Registered disabled, having been born with only one hand, Dominic successfully completed the gruelling 18 week course, along with two other students, sailing throughout the night and until 3am up the East Coast of the Isle of Bute, with only skill and calculation to guide him; no technical assistance was permitted.

Now qualified to skipper his own yacht, Dominic looks set for a future on the waves. “To pass this course aged 18 is very unusual. There are not many who can do it.” said Cumbrae’s Professional Yacht Master Instructor, Rod Smith. “The course is very intense and involves all aspects of learning, from skippering a boat, to the theoretical elements, such as navigation and meteorological testing. Dominic was an exceptional candidate and we applaud him on his achievement. Passing this aged 18, is pretty much as young as you can get!”