All aboard for tall ship voyage

Students prepare for the tall ships adventure

Students prepare for the tall ships adventure

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These are the youngsters who will be crewing the 200-foot brig Stavros S Niarchos on a six-day voyage.

The 40 students – all in year nine (ages 13 and 14) at secondary schools across the island – are pictured at a team-building session held last week.

The event, at St Ninian’s Lower School, Bemahague, gave the young shipmates a chance to get to know each other.

They also learned how to tie some of the knots that they will need on board the tall ship.

The vessel is owned by the Portsmouth-based Tall Ships Youth Trust, and will set sail from Liverpool on Saturday (April 5).

The voyage came about after Chas Cowell, the charity’s youth development and training officer, visited the island at the invitation of John Knight, chief executive of The Children’s Centre, to talk to schools and agencies working with young people about the opportunities it could offer locally.

Organiser of the adventure, Ramsey Grammar School assistant head teacher Julie Owen said participants wouldn’t just learn to sail proficiently – they would face mental and physical challenges and would have an experience they would never forget.

Support for the trip has come from the Isle of Man Arts Council as part of its Island of Culture 2014 celebrations and the ship will fly the Island of Culture flag.

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