"A Aporvela tem por objectivo promover a ligação das pessoas ao Mar, mantendo viva a tradição do nosso património marítimo. Mantemos uma especial ligação à juventude, formando marinheiros em programas de treino de mar e vela a bordo da Caravela Vera Cruz e de grandes veleiros que todos os anos participam nas Tall Ships Races. A Caravela Vera Cruz, réplica fiel das embarcações quinhentistas portuguesas, recebe a bordo milhares de crianças e jovens em visitas escolares."
in http://aporvela.pt

André Nogueira de Melo
Young Sail Training Volunteer of the Year 2009

Awarded to a volunteer under 26 years of age in the sail training movement who has made an extraordinary contribution to the organisation they serve through their skills, talent, time and deducation.

"This award was donated by Janka Bielak and is also presented to a young volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to the organisation they serve.
This ward goes to one of the most active crew members of Aporvela's Caravelle, Vera Cruz During 2009 he took part in most of their trips and events as well as the first leg of Tall Ships Races Baltic 2009 as a trainee on Flying Dutchman. His seamanship and hard work was rewarded with an invitation to stay aboard and work as a deckhand for the rest of the race. Though young, he is a confident sailor and is a role model for the younger trainees and the members of his watch can always expect trustworthy leadership and helpful advice."
http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/events/annual-trophies-and-awards