Nineteen young adults from Orkney in the UK are ready to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime after being selected to take part in The Tall Ships Races 2011
The Cruise in Company leg of this year’s races will take place between Greenock
. Participating vessels will be welcomed into a variety of guest harbours as they sail north including Campbeltown, Islay, Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Stromness, Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and/or Whalsay.
As one of the guest harbours, Orkney has been actively seeking local trainees to take part in The Tall Ships Races and enjoy the opportunity to sail in their home waters.
Business development manager at Orkney Island’s Council, Michael Morrison, said: “We are delighted that we can offer this fantastic opportunity to our young people. We have selected a great bunch of young sail trainees who will definitely make the most of this experience.
“Applicants who had expressed an interest in the project last year got the chance to board the Class A Tall Ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl
, in Autumn 2010. This was a great way of getting a first hand glimpse of life on a tall ship, which was enough to whet their appetites for the 2011 races!”
Sail trainee, Craig Horton, said: “I saw the advertisement in the paper and I knew that this was an opportunity not to be missed. I also knew if I didn’t apply I’d regret it so I had to give it a go!”
Sail trainee Morna Brown sailed onboard the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Vessel Alba Explorer
last summer. She said: “I learnt so much about sailing and made some great friends which I still keep in touch with. I enjoyed this trip so much that I just couldn’t pass up the chance to take part again.
“When we sailed on board Alba Explorer
it wasn’t a race leg so I’m really hoping that I will have the opportunity to experience a competitive leg this year, so that I can see how fast we can get the ship to go!”
THE TALL SHIPS RACES
are Presented by Szczecin
and Organised by Sail Training International.