Skipper Sam Paterson shares a long and proud history with sail training yacht East End Endeavour. We hope you’ll be inspired to become part of their continuing story!

East End Endeavour played an important role in the Youth Opportunities Programme (YOP) of the late 1970s. The boat was fitted out in Dalmarnock by young participants in the training scheme in Glasgow’s east end. She was owned by Glasgow City Council until 2000 and then by Clyde Sail Training Trust (CSTT) until 2005. Since her launch in 1982 East End Endeavour has provided sail training opportunities for thousands of young people. All experiences were memorable. Some were life-changing.

Sam first sailed on East End Endeavour in the year of her launch by Glasgow City Council. He was bitten by the sailing bug and went on to volunteer as a group leader on subsequent voyages during the 1980s and 1990s. Sailing trips included the Dunbar to Zeebrugge stage of the 1985 Round Britain Cruise for unemployed young people.

In 2005, Sam came full circle when he jointly purchased East End Endeavour from Clyde Sail Training Trust. He went on to qualify as an RYA Cruising Instructor & Yachtmaster Offshore. In 2010 Sam became self-employed to focus on sailing. As an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Principal of Rival Sailing he is now enjoying the opportunity to provide others with rewarding sail training experiences and RYA qualifications.

Sam is also Development Director of East End Endeavour Ltd, a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering subsidised Sail Challenges to young people and groups from disadvantaged areas in Scotland.