Majorcan sail training association, Joves Navegants, celebrated the end of its summer season with a gathering of young sailors and charity workers in Palma's Club de Mar on Friday evening.

The organisation, which was founded in the 1990s by a group of Irish and English yachtsmen who wished to give something back to the island they had fallen in love with, ran twenty trips around Majorca and Minorca between July and September on which some of the island's most disadvantaged teenagers enjoyed four days at sea learning watch keeping, navigation, astronomy, seamanship, knots, respect for the marine environment and how to work together harmoniously in a cramped environment. Earlier in the year youngsters from Joves Navegants also took part in the Ruta de la Sal regata, racing from Barcelona to Ibiza at Easter, and in a further regata from Barcelona to Pollenca in May. On Friday evening Joves Navegants' Vice President, Francisco Segura showed photos and videos of the year's sailing voyages and also announced that the charity is set to expand in 2011 to help children from the neighbouring island of Minorca . The organisation will also continue its emphasis on studying the local marine reserves of Cabrera and the waters south of Majorca while working to further conservation efforts.

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