An exciting initiative to send young people from Devon on a once-in-a-lifetime sailing adventure has cast off.
Trinity Sailing has teamed up with a handful of community focussed businesses to send a group of young people on a sailing voyage from Amsterdam, in Holland, to Fredrikstad, in Norway as part of the international Tall Ships Races.
People aged 18 to 25, from across the region, were invited to apply for a place on Trinity’s historic sailing vessel Leader. Following a selection process last month, the team of young people were brought together for the first time to start preparations for the Tall Ships Challenge 2014.
The event last week, based on Leader in Brixham, was the first stage in preparations for the Tall Ships Race and the young people got to look around the vessel and familiarise themselves above and below decks. They also got to try on their life-jackets and had a first go at working together to raise one of the sails.
One of the group, Sam Richardson, said: “I really enjoyed the experience and it was great to meet all the other people involved. Having never been on a ship like Leader before, it was great having a look around and get a feel for what we can expect during the Tall Ships race”.
Trinity would thank our generous sponsors for backing the Tall Ships Challenge and enabling these young people to undertake this unique opportunity.
The team will be posting blogs, twitter feeds and up-to-date news as they race Leader, so keep checking back on Trinity’s and our sponsors websites.