Tall Ships Race

Stavros S NiarchosJoin a Tall Ship sailing voyage from Great Yarmouth to Blyth

Opportunities are available for anyone aged 18-75 to sail onboard the Tall Ships Youth Trust’s 200ft square rigged tall ship Stavros S Niarchos when she  sails from Great Yarmouth to Blyth in June 2011.

Anyone wishing  to learn more can go to the Tall Ships website or contact Sue or Chris.

The five night voyage will provide anyone aged 18-75 the chance to become part of the crew and experience sailing and living onboard a square rigged Tall Ship. Voyage Crew will be taught how to set the sails, climb the rigging and helm the ship as well as help with the cooking and cleaning for all of the crew onboard. The voyage is also a specially themed Wildlife Watch voyage and a wildlife expert will help crew to spot species of birds, sea mammals and coastline foliage during the voyage.

Places are available on the voyage from Great Yarmouth to Blyth, 12-17 June, for a special price of £299 (was £399) per person including all food, soft drinks, accommodation onboard, safety equipment, use of waterproofs and training.  The special offer price is valid until Monday 28th March and places are subject to terms and conditions and availability. Book quickly to avoid missing out on this fantastic opportunity.

David who sailed on Stavros S Niarchos last year said:

“I have spent the previous four days having a wonderful time.  I was lucky enough for a friend to book the trip for my birthday. It was a lifetime’s wish to sail on a square rigged ship…The ship looked beautiful and was so graceful under sail.”

The main aim of the Tall Ships Youth Trust is to offer young people the opportunity to sail and gain life changing experiences and skills. However, there are also opportunities, like these, for adults to get onboard and gain from this magnificent experience, whilst also supporting the running of the Trust’s vessels so they can help more young people get afloat.

To find out more or book your place, call the Tall Ships Adventures Reservations Team on 023 9283 2055 or visit www.tallships.org.

Stavros S Niarchos will also be open to the public in Blyth on Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June as part of the Blyth Renewables Festival when visitors will be able to explore her decks and find out more about the voyages on offer to both young people and adults with the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Details about the event will be available shortly.

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For further media information and images please contact:

Felicity Pearson, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events Officer

Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: felicity.pc@tallships.org

Notes to Editors:

Tall Ships Youth Trust

The Tall Ships Youth Trust, formerly The Sail Training Association, is a registered charity founded in 1956 that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels.  It is the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12-25.

Over 80,000 trainees have sailed 1.5M nautical miles on TSYT’s fleet – a 60m brig, Stavros S Niarchos, four 22m ocean-going Challenger Yachts, a 19m Catamaran and before them, a 60m brig Prince William and two 37m schooners Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill. On average, 60% of the young people sailing with TSYT are disadvantaged or disabled.

New initiatives to help young people are regularly introduced including:

  • Youth Mentor Scheme – professionally qualified teachers and youth workers can sail as volunteers to provide support and direction for young trainees on board.
  • Voyages of Understanding® – multi-national / cultural / faith, diversity voyages.
  • Tall Ships Academy – training and development programme endorsed by RYA and MCA offering young people a route from trainee through TSYT volunteer to RYA Watch Leader and, for those wanting it, MCA Yacht Rating and a career at sea.
  • Sail for Heroes® – launched in 2010, these voyages help to rehabilitate young service men and women who are returning injured from war zones.
  • Special Needs – a series of dedicated voyages for young people with special needs which can help enhance skills for independence and prepare them for adult life.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust also offers voyages for adults aged 18-80 in the UK and abroad. Ranging from one day to 20 nights, there is a variety of voyages and no previous sailing experience is necessary for almost all of the voyages.


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