High school students begin school year onboard Far Barcelona

20 September 2013

High school students begin school year onboard Far Barcelona

• The 24 students from two schools in Barcelona will soon board the schooner Far Barcelona from El Consorci El Far to participate as trainees during the race.

• The Consorci El Far celebrates its 20th anniversary during the Festival of La Mercè (patron saint of Barcelona) and the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta.

• From September 21st to the 24th, the public will be able meet the schooner Far Barcelona (1874), one of the oldest boats competing in the race.

On September 20th, 2013 students of 10th Grade from the Institute Enric Borras of Badalona and 11th Grade from the Instituto Luis Vives of Barcelona start the new school year embarking on September 24th and 29th respectively onboard the schooner of the Consorci El Far, Far Barcelona.

The organization, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is again present in a Tall Ships regatta, this time  the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta. On this occasion, however, it does so with two educational centers which have been involved for years in the educational program Grumet Exit. This program works with youngsters from Barcelona high schools in which, using the ship as floating classroom, they learn concepts from the school’s curriculum applied in real-world context which are integrated in the daily tasks and life on board.

As for the participating schools, both highlight the great opportunity for the boys and girls taking part in this event. The students who will sail will act as "ambassadors" of the city in the other ports where the race stops: Toulon and La Spezia. In Barcelona, the congregation of these tall ships happens at the same time as the festival of La Mercè, and has been organized by the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) and the Consorci El Far.

Consorci El Far, 20 years approaching the culture of the sea

The Consorci El Far celebrates its 20th anniversary by spreading the role the organization has about promoting the culture of the sea in the city of Barcelona. In this sense, from September 21st to the 23rd the public will be able to visit the schooner Far Barcelona during the days the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta will be in Barcelona, and view the commemorative video that has been prepared for the occasion. This video allows us to learn the culture of the sea in Barcelona through the history of the institution.

Among the projects presented in the video there is from the participation in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 with the construction of the Icaria rowboat that carried the Olympic torch to the port of Empurias (and currently at the Olympic Museum in Barcelona), to the educational programs related to the values ​​of the culture of the sea and the sailing world. Also about the promotion of nautical projects as the Barcelona World Race or the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta.

The Consorci El Far wanted to make the most of this event as the starting point for different activities that will take place in the coming months and that will look at the major projects undertaken by the organization in the past 20 years, establishing new links between the city of Barcelona and the sea.

Sea Reference Center

The Consorci El Far is a public organization formed by the city of Barcelona, the government of Catalunya, the Barcelona regional Council and the Port Authority of Barcelona. The organization aims to promote and develop projects and initiatives related to the culture of the sea. 

Its educational work, defined by the spread of the values ​​associated with the sea and sailing, is perhaps its most known value, and has made it a centre of reference in the Mediterranean. Annually, more than 20.000 students take part in their educational programs, and thousands of people sail onboard the boats from the School of Traditional Sailing, or consult its specialized library.

However, the Consorci El Far is also in charge of promoting the marine industry and the  professions of the sea. It is also one of the main centers that organizes and promotes major events such as the Festival of the Sea, the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta and the Barcelona World Race.

The values of traditional sailing

Traditional sailing is the basis of the maritime culture and this culture has proved to be extremely useful in the formation of values ​​necessary, more than ever, in our society.

This type of sailing is an adventure activity that involves much more than the competition in a race. Participants face demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires confidence in yourself and develops personal responsibility, promoting the acceptance of others regardless of their social or cultural background, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks.

To watch a short video of featuring Far Barcelona, click here 

Lycamobile - title sponsor of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta
Gaastra - official clothing supplier to the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta

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For more details please contact Pauline Appleby, Media Manager, on pauline.appleby@sailtraininginternational.org Tel: +44(0) 7785 567487

Editor’s notes:

A word from your sponsor
Lycamobile is the world’s favourite international SIM card. With over 30 million customers across 16 countries, it allows customers to benefit from fantastic, low rates to call their friends and family abroad.

Lycamobile is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta, with its mission to connect to global communities.  
If you need to call your family and friends during the Regatta please look out for their stand space portside in Barcelona, Toulon and La Spezia.   

What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.

A two-minute film can be seen here.

About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.

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