Tenacious to take part in 2014 Greenwich regatta

A total of 31 Tall Ships have already announced they will take part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.

And the search is on for volunteers to crew some of the vessels and for other people to help at the nine-day regatta in September.

Up to 50 of the world’s most spectacular tall ships are expected to set out from Falmouth to Greenwich via the Isle of Wight in a race organised by Sail Training International.

Some of the ships signed up so far include:

The Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world.

The Helen Mary R, a 57' classic ketch bought by Lord Amory in the 1960's for the London Sailing Project, which he had formed to take parties of young sea cadets from London to sea.

The Pelican of London, unique among Square Riggers, design based on French clippers of the late 19th century.

The Rupel, built in Belgium by unemployed youngsters and launched in 1996. The project to build this gaffed schooner provided young people with skills to help them find jobs more easily.

John Laing, a Bermudan Ketch now operated by Ocean Youth Trust South from her home base in Southampton and takes many hundred of young people on sail training voyages from March to November each year.
Volunteer crew members do not need any previous sailing experience. They will pay £90 a day to cover berth, food and drink, wet weather gear, training and safety equipment.

Storm Smith-Suckoo, 17, from Charlton and Suzy Cooper, 15, from Greenwich were among the first to sign up for the regatta and have been championing the experience after crewing a tall ship themselves earlier this year.

Storm described the opportunity as: “A fantastic once in a lifetime experience, but, one which I will hopefully repeat next year at Falmouth.” They will be going into Royal Greenwich schools to talk about their experiences and to encourage some of the borough’s young people to sign up for next year.

Greenwich Council is also looking for volunteers to help visitors get on board and show them around the ships.

Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “Sailing on a tall ship at sea promises to be an adventure and we want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up as volunteer crew. Royal Greenwich is renowned for its rich maritime history, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our borough each year and supports thousands of local jobs.

“Building on the success of the Olympics, playing host to London’s first Regatta for 25 years will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy even further as the Tall Ships sail past our historic maritime landmarks like the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark.”

For more information and to register an interest visit Sail Royal Greenwich and the Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta websites.

Story dated Dec 11th 2013

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