On Saturday 20 January we held an enjoyable event for over 100 Sail Trainees as they took their first steps towards the adventure of a lifetime when they officially registered for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Sail Trainees were hosted by a strong supporter of the event, Sunderland Yacht club where they were joined by Ship Operators, Sail Trainee Sponsor Organisations and Sail Trainee Consultants Windseeker (from The Netherlands). Participants enjoyed an eventful day including presentations, team-working exercises and of course selecting the ships they’d like to sail on.

Speaking at the event, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Today saw many young adventurers from across the city and further afield, taking a major step towards the adventure of a lifetime.

“The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 will give many of our young people the chance to use their experience of being at sea as a wonderful way of learning about themselves and their crewmates. By sailing on one of these majestic ships, they will have an almost unique opportunity to discover their own strengths and talents as well as those around them as they learn to appreciate the value of working as a team."

The first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2018 sails from Sunderland (UK) to Esbjerg (Denmark). The event begins at 12 noon on Wednesday 11 and will run until Saturday 14 of July 2018. Sail Trainees will begin their voyage with a spectacular Parade of Sail along the city’s coastline before spending around 4 days at sea. Once in Esbjerg the adventure continues with cultural and sporting activities, crew party and the renowned crew parade where sail trainees from all the vessels come together to celebrate the race and thank their hosts in Denmark.

Monique Touw, Director of sail training consultants, Windseeker added:
“The Tall Ships Races gives young people a fantastic opportunity to get active, adventurous, and learn to sail in some of the tallest and most beautiful sailing ships in the world.

“Regardless of previous experience, I’m certain that everyone who came along today will enjoy a life-changing experience as they set a course for new horizons.”

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