Provident (UK), one of four vessels taking part in the 2010 Tall Ships Race that also sailed in the very first race in 1956, arrived in Antwerp today (Thursday). Built in 1924, the Brixham sailing trawler, started life a a fishing vessel under sail until the First World War. Today she is owned by the Trinity Sailing Trust, and her crew are often trainees taking part in youth development schemes and learning support groups. Young people who do may not do well academically or socially, sometimes to the point of being excluded from school, often thriving onboard in this more challenging and different environment.
A frequent member of the Tall Ships Races fleet, Provident arrived in Antwerp from Dover and Dunkirk and will be competing in the entire race, finishing in Hartlepool.
The other three vessels who competed in the 1956 race as well as this year are Georg Stage (Denmark), Maybe (UK) and Sorlandet (Norway).
Pictured here - Skipper Ben Gillett (L) and Mate Brendan Stuart on board Provident.
To see more images from The Tall Ships Races, click here.
The Tall Ships Races is presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International.