'Gulden' opportunity for young locals to become tall ship trainees
By Tom_Bailey | Friday, April 27, 2012, 15:23
Eight young people from Cornwall will be given the chance to experience life aboard a tall ship as Falmouth Tall Ships Association ramps up its efforts to get more people sailing aboard these historic vessels.
Dutch tall ship Gulden Leeuw will depart Falmouth in July, sailing the English Channel and North Sea to the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Falmouth Tall Ships Association, which has a rich history in the port of helping people to go sailing aboard historic and replica vessels, is subsidising eight places on the trip, which takes place between July 21 and August 7.
The association, supported by local fundraising, puts its efforts into subsidising places aboard ships so that more people can experience the wonders of sailing aboard the type of vessels that shaped the world in a time when Falmouth was a key location for ships entering European waters.
As well as helping people to go sailing, the association works to secure tall ship events for Falmouth including securing its status as 'start-port' for some of the world's most famous tall ships races. Falmouth has a rich history of hosting tall ships events including being the start port for races in 1966, 1982, 1998 and 2008 events which saw thousands of visitors joining in the celebrations.
No experience is necessary for recruits to sail aboard the Gulden Leeuw. The only requirements are that applicants are aged 16 to 25 and that they have a passport and enthusiasm for experiencing life at sea.
Trainees will experience the balance of working as part of a watch and having time to relax and socialise with other crew members from around the world. There will be a professional crew on hand to guide the trainees and a watch officer to take care of navigation while the sails are being managed.
"Life at sea is a real adventure," said Sara Pugh of Falmouth Tall Ships Association. "This is an golden opportunity for eight young people to experience the wonder and thrill of tall ship sailing first-hand."
Places aboard the Gulden Leeuw are likely to be taken up quickly so those interested in the trip or similar opportunities in the future are encouraged to register their interest as soon as possible via the website at www.tallshipsfalmouth.co.uk
Falmouth Tall Ships Association was formed with the purpose of organising tall ship visits to Falmouth and welcomes sail training vessels and their crews to the port on a regular basis.