The winner of a boat at an event in Falmouth is hoping to call on the experience of his grandad who served in the Merchant Navy to help him learn the ropes.
Nineteen-year-old Jake Wilson from St Just was delighted when he won the boat worth more than £2,000 at Falmouth Marine School’s Community Open Event on Saturday.
Jake was shocked when he received the winning phone call saying he “can’t believe it”.
“I’m extremely happy and can’t wait to get out on the water,” he added.
Jake who had only sailed a few times said taking the boat out “will be a learning curve”, but explained his Grandad was in the Merchant Navy, “so it will be really good to get out on the water with him.
The boat is a Grand Banks Dory replica, built by Falmouth Marine School’s Boat building apprentices. The apprentices and their tutors spent the week leading up to the community event showcasing the boat and selling raffle tickets to win it on Falmouth Moor. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Children’s Hospice South West.
The annual event, which is part of Fal River festival, attracted more than 300 visitors including Mayor of Falmouth Grenville Chapel and parliamentary candidates.
Also in attendance was Lisa Martin from St Austell who brought her two sons aged eight and 10. She said her family “had a lovely day”.
“The boys really enjoyed feeding the fish and learning how to make a boat,” she added.
Watersports student Devon Fuller, 17, previously from Penryn School, came along to help out. She said it was great to see so many people support the event.
“I wanted to help out because the courses at Falmouth Marine School are excellent, and I want more people in the local community to know it’s here and how amazing it is,” she added.