Our history

Rival 41C sail training yacht East End Endeavour and skipper Sam Paterson have a long and proud shared history. We hope you’ll be inspired and take the opportunity to become part of East End Endeavour’s continuing story!

East End Endeavour was fitted out in the east end of Glasgow as part of the Youth Opportunities Programme (YOP) in the late 1970s. 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 1982, 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, including 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, her owners from 2000. He went on to qualify as an RYA Cruising Instructor & Yachtmaster Offshore, and in 2010 became self-employed to focus on sailing. As an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor he is now enjoying the opportunity to provide others with rewarding sail training experiences and RYA accreditation through Rival Sailing.

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.

EEE crew cartoon, July 1986
Caernarfon Castle, NW Wales, Aug 1986
Carlingford Oyster Festival award, 1987
EEE "hot news" article, Nov 1987
Day Sail Training certificate, pre-1996
Rival 41 elevations by Peter Brett
Rival 41 lines by Peter Brett
Graeme, EEE skipper 1982-87
EEE from up the mast c.1985
Alastair, EEE mate 1984-87