All aboard as young Scots set sail with The Tall Ships Races 2011!

Over 200 young people recruited to take part in fantastic sea voyage

Symone DuddyYoung people from all over Scotland will taste life on the ocean wave this summer as they take part in the sail training experience onboard Tall Ships during The Tall Ships Races 2011, presented by Szczecin, organised by Sail Training International.

Sail Training Shetland, The Tall Ships Races 2011- Lerwick and Greenock, The Tall Ships Races-Cruise in Company guest harbours and the Ocean Youth Trust have confirmed that over 200 Scottish trainees will get the chance of a lifetime to take part in the Races. The lucky candidates will experience life as crew members, undertaking tasks such as watch-keeping, setting sails and other domestic duties with the other trainees onboard over 50 Tall Ships that will visit Scotland in July from all over the world.

Fiona Dally, Project Manager for The Tall Ships Races 2011- Lerwick, said: "On behalf of the host ports of Lerwick and Greenock, the Cruise in Company guest harbours and local authorities taking part we're delighted to be able to offer over 200 young people the opportunity to participate in this spectacular experience. It will be a fantastic event giving our trainees a completely unique insight into working closely within a team environment and I'm sure they'll be fantastic ambassadors for Scotland.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, funders, Harbour Trusts, and local authorities from all the areas of Scotland, particularly Shetland, Inverclyde, Argyll and Bute, Orkney Councils, Ullapool Harbour Trust and Stornoway Harbour Trust for their financial support to be able to offer these trainee placements in each area. The Tall Ships Cruise in Company areas have been fantastic in recruiting young people and a special thanks must go to each area coordinator for developing local opportunities for young people to take part in this fantastic team building experience on the high seas."

Each trainee, aged between 15 and 25, will work closely with the crew of their allocated ship, taking part in one Race leg from the following legs: sailing from Waterford in Ireland to Greenock, the Cruise in Company between Greenock to Lerwick, Race 2 from Lerwick to Stavanger, and the final Race between Stavanger to Halmstad.

Trainees needed no previous sailing experience to apply and their time on board will be spent being shown the basics of seamanship, working together as a team and they will experience international exchange of cultures and language and meet lots of new people.

The Tall Ships Races 2011, presented by Szczecin, organised by Sail Training International (www.sailtraininginternational.org) starts in Waterford, Ireland on 30 June, with vessels racing to Scotland, calling at Greenock in Scotland. The ships will then set sail on the non-competitive Cruise in Company leg calling in at their choice of guest harbours en-route to Lerwick, Shetland. Participating ports include Campbeltown, Islay, Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Stromness, Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and Whalsay. Lerwick will host the Tall Ships from 21st July for four fun-packed days before the start of Race Two sailing to Stavanger in Norway on Sunday 24th July.