Argyll And Bute Trainees On Their Way

Joining The Tall Ships Races 2011 Cruise in Company leg between Greenock and Lerwick (12 to 21 July) are six trainees from Argyll and Bute. The youngsters are sailing on board Wylde Swan, Tecla, Europa and Alba Endeavour as they sail up the west coast and onward to Orkney and Shetland.

Argyll and Bute trainees gather together before they set off on the Tall Ships Cruise in Company. (Left to right) Ruaraidh Soane, Cameron Soane, Nihomi Campbell, Rebecca Barnard, Hamish Duncan, Yves Voinot. On joining Wylde Swan, experienced sailor, Rebecca Barnard (19) from Tobermory said: “I have been thinking about taking part in The Tall Ships Races for a few years now, so when I attained my Day Skipper ticket last year I decided to fulfil my ambition to sail on a Tall Ship. I am really looking forward to climbing the rigging and getting involved in all aspects of ship life.

“It will also be good to participate in the events happening in all the guest harbours.”

Rebecca has been sponsored by Argyll and Bute Council. Argyll and Bute Cllr Neil MacKay, spokesperson for Enterprise, Energy, Culture and Tourism said: “We are delighted that young people from Argyll and Bute have the chance to experience sailing in this prestigious event. This event provides a unique learning experience and a hugely beneficial opportunity for the trainees to develop a range of skills, whilst working as part of a team in challenging conditions in some of the best sailing waters in the world.

“I’m sure that, for each of the trainees, this will be a memorable and positive sail-training adventure.”

Fellow trainee, Nihomi Campbell (16) from Bute is sailing on the Ocean Youth Trust, Alba Endeavour, before leaving port, she said: “Sailing has been a hobby of mine for a few years and I am a member of the Isle of Bute Sailing Club which is where I first heard about the opportunity to take part in The Tall Ships Races.

“I have been looking forward to this for a long time and have been raising funds over the last few months.

“The ship and crew are great and I very much look forward to setting sail.”

For details on all the action pick up a copy of the Cruise in Company events programme or visit www.tallshipsraceslerwick.com/cruise-in-company

The Tall Ships Races are presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International - a charity with a purpose in the development and education of young people, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background.