The Tall Ships Youth Trust Flagship vessel, the Stavros S Niarchos, a 200ft Brig with traditional eighteenth century rigging, will be open to the public on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 February, in Liverpool’s Albert Dock. The ship has been alongside in the Albert Dock since November 2017 for the winter months and general maintenance.
This is the last open ship weekend before the ship sets sail back on to the open water in March, ahead of the fleets new summer schedule. Her first three voyages will be sailing out of Liverpool and include; A voyage out of the Albert Dock, Isle of Man Cruise and a Scottish Wildlife Watch Voyage – Available to ages 18-80 from only £499.
The open ship weekend will see a traditional Sea Shanty band on board – Kimber’s Men, singing sea Shanty’s for the crowds, at different intervals throughout the weekend. A number of the Trusts volunteers will also be offering tours of the ship. All ages are welcome on board to have a look at the ship and to learn about the trust. The open ship is a free event but donations are welcomed.
To find out more contact Tall Ships Adventures on 023 9283 2055 or visit tallships.org
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For further information and images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:
Sophie Weekes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: [email protected]
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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, largest sail training charity for young people aged 12-25. The Trust takes over 3,000 individuals to sea a year and 75% of the young people are disadvantaged and disabled.
Over 100,000 trainees have sailed 1.8M nautical miles on the Trust’s fleet – a 60m brig, Stavros S Niarchos, four 22m ocean-going Challenger Yachts, a 19m Catamaran, 15m Ketch and before them, a 60m brig Prince William and two 37m schooners Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill.
The Trust also runs a number of inter-generational day sails, taster weekends and longer voyages for those aged 18-80. No previous sailing experience is necessary for most voyages.
Many of the young people who sail with the TSYT end up returning as Volunteers, sailing with the trust for many years. The Tall Ships Youth Trust is renowned for the excellent standard of sail training it delivers. Sailing is about teamwork and the Trust looks to develop self-esteem, confidence and life skills across all voyages.