Four Big Issue vendors have left behind their pitches to try their hand at sailing in a voyage to the Isle of Wight.
Intrepid sellers James Heaton, 46, Tate Atlas, 27, 55-year-old Dean Hoy and John ‘Tip’ Daniels, 42, who sells in Devizes, set sail from Portsmouth with youth sailing charity Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) on August 21 in a rare chance to crew a boat.
It was the second time Heaton, who sells the magazine outside Waterstones in Bath, had the chance to work on a vessel after taking on a four-day voyage to France in 2019.
He welcomed the chance to set sail once more and wants to use his knowledge to volunteer with the charity. “It’s the best day I’ve had this year and I’ve actually had quite a lot of good days, so that’s saying something,“ said Heaton.
“I’ve learned lots of new skills and refreshed my memory from when I did this before. And it was brilliant just sailing under the sails because last time I did this it wasn’t very windy, so we did a lot of motoring. It was a real team building-experience and I’d love to come back as a volunteer.”
The team-up is part of The Big Issue’s drive to help Big Issue vendors pick up skills and try new experiences while selling the magazine.