Ten day experience of a lifetime for 34 students on the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos

Supported by HSBC’s community investment programme, 34 young people aged 14 to 15 have been selected from schools nationwide to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to helm the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos.

Having set sail from Southampton on Tuesday 8 September, the 200 ft. ship will sail along the south coast, visit a European port in France, Belgium or The Netherlands, before sailing up the Thames on Wednesday 16 September past iconic landmarks and under Tower Bridge.

The students will take part in all aspects of sailing during the 10-night voyage.

Working together, the young people from Deptford Green School, London; Orminston Venture Academy, Great Yarmouth and The Oldershaw Academy, Wirral will be living in cabins of eight, be assigned to watches, and will get up at 4am to complete duties.

Lorraine Thomas, Senior Manager HSBC Global Education and UK Community Investment said:

“We are delighted to continue our support of Tall Ships Youth Trust for a 14th year. The Voyage of Achievement not only provides young people with a chance to improve their self-confidence, develop team working skills and meet new people: for some it is a life-changing experience.

“The trip also provides an opportunity for HSBC employees to lend their support through mentoring, coaching and improving their personal leadership skills.”

HSBC employees will also join the voyage as mentors to the young people, learn to sail the ship and develop their own leadership and influencing skills.

Over the past 14 years, more than 700 young people have taken part in the HSBC supported voyages and a number have returned to work as volunteers for the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity. Others have gone on to develop a career within the marine industry or taken up sailing as a lifelong interest.


Tim Law, Marketing and Operations Director of the Tall Ships Youth Trust said:

“The support of HSBC over the past 14 years has been extraordinary and is hugely appreciated by the Trust and indeed, the hundreds of young people that have been able to go on board the Voyage of Achievement for an experience of a lifetime.”


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For further information and images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:

Kelly Hughes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events Officer
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: [email protected]

HSBC UK education programmes

HSBC has been involved with education projects throughout its history. Education has grown to be the most significant focus of the Group’s community investment activities. Globally, HSBC invests around US$50 million a year in education projects and thousands of HSBC employees get involved. In the UK, HSBC donates £14 million a year to education programmes, reaching over 50,000 young people through charities including The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, Young Enterprise and the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Together, we help young people fulfil their potential by: providing access to education, developing life-skills and entrepreneurship, and promoting international and cultural understanding. Find out more at: HSBC Sustainability