Published on Friday, 21 November 2014 19:05
On Thursday, 20th November, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets' flagship TS Royalist was decommissioned after 43 years of providing adventurous Sail Training. Over her lifetime, Royalist took 30,000 young cadets to sea; many of them found it an adventure that has shaped their future and given them the confidence to lead enriched lives.
TS Royalist entered Portsmouth Harbour escorted by the other vessels in the Seacadet Offshore fleet: the two power vessels and two yachts. As she approached you could hear a piper playing on board. Royalist was dressed overall with signal flags and many flags from her participation in Tall Ships Races. From a distance you could hear the cheers of the cadets, many hoorays echoing from the ship to the shore.
The training of the Seacadets will be continued by a new and similar ship currently being built, also named TS Royalist.
Footage from the decommissiong ceremony can be seen on the BBC and ITV news reports. (Click to see the footage)
Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:26
Leila Sailing Trust have secured £278,000 of Big Lottery funding for a four year Sail Training project in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The New Horizons project is targeted at local disadvantaged communities which have double the national rates of unemployment and benefit claimancy.
The trainees will be able to progress from an initial five day voyage to training to RYA Powerboat level 2, and then navigation training and watch leader - possibly leading to apprenticeships in the expanding offshore wind farm industry.
"Rather than saying goodbye after five days, we want to engage local young people to take ownership of this project," said David Beavan, skipper," We have already identified an 18 year old to train as a mate, and hopefully take over my job by the end of four years."
If successful, this project could be replicated to other ASTO members who work with disadvantaged communities. www.leila2c.org
Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:37
'How Tall Ships inspired Kevin to embark on voyage of a lifetime'
The annual race, which will attract 500,000 people to Belfast next year, gave Kevin McVeagh the courage to explore the world. Stephanie Bell reports.
The streets of Chicago are a world away from the tensions at the flashpoint Ardoyne interface - and one young north Belfast man who has made his home in the Windy City agrees that life couldn't be more different.
Kevin McVeagh had wanted to escape the sectarian tensions in the community where he grew up from a very young age and now, at the age of 25, he has been living the dream for the past four years, working in his ideal job as a soccer coach in a country which couldn't be more different from his own. He credits his new life to the experience and tools he gained while part of a young volunteer crew in the Tall Ship Race when he was in his mid-teens.
Young people are again applying in their hundreds for the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the 2015 race which will leave from Belfast.
Read more: The Sail Training experience changed this young man's life
Published on Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:20
A FALMOUTH charity helping injured war veterans by taking them sailing has received some major donations.
Shaun Pascoe, a former commanding officer leading medical evacuations in Iraq and Afghanistan, set up Turn to Starboard two years ago.
Now it has taken a massive step forward after Help for Heroes and the Royal Air Forces Association agreed "significant funding" packages.
The Prince's Trust has also helped the charity by giving it a schooner, the Spirit of Fairbridge, to be renamed the Spirit of Falmouth at the end of the month.
Read more: Spirit of Fairbridge donated to Falmouth-based charity
Published on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:01
Sunderland has been announced as a host port for the 2018 Tall Ships Race.
The event, which previously drew large crowds in Hartlepool and Tyneside, attracts hundreds of sailing ships from around the world.
Sunderland City Council leader, Paul Watson, said it was "fantastic" news for a city which was once the "home of shipbuilding".
A bid to host the event was submitted by the Music, Arts and Culture Trust in Sunderland in August.
The trust said the race could mean a massive boost to the city's economy, as well as being a reminder of Wearside's maritime heritage.
Mr Watson said: "This success reflects the enthusiastic response from partners, organisations and individuals across the whole region who supported our bid."
The council said some of the proposed berthing areas would be where sailing ships such as the Adelaide and Torrens were built.
The Tall Ships Race sees vessels from across the globe visit different areas in Europe, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, over four days.
(from BBC news)