Two brothers from Rothesay are about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime!
The Cruise in Company is the most social and relaxed leg of The Tall Ships Races, presented by Szczecin, 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. Setting sail from Greenock Cameron Soane (16), a pupil at Rothesay Academy, and Ruairidh Soane (17), a student about to attend Strathclyde University, will cruise along Scotland's west coast and islands, calling in at no less than 12 guest harbours en-route to Shetland.
The participating 49 Ships and their followers will be met with a warm welcome in the ports of Campbeltown, Islay, Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Stromness, Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and Whalsay.
Commenting on this summers voyage, Ruairidh said: "I am delighted to be taking part in the Cruise in Company. As it's a non-competitive leg, we can enjoy the leisurely sail and soak up the party atmosphere in the guest harbours.
"In September I plan to study Naval Architecture with Marine Engineering at Strathclyde University and I'm hoping that this trip will help to prepare me for my studies by providing relevant background experience."
Both Ruairidh and Cameron will be crewing Tecla – a class B Traditional Sail Training Vessel from the Netherlands. This voyage is a great chance for them to put their sailing skills – acquired at the Rothesay Sailing Club – into practise.
Cameron said: "Sailing in this leg is a great opportunity for me to build on my sailing experience without the added pressure of competing in a race.
"I have always wanted to sail onboard a Tall Ship. I first saw them when I was very young and, from then, I have always been fascinated by the vessels. I have been a dinghy sailor for almost five years and have sailed a few yachts in that time, but the chance to sail with the Tall Ships will be the ultimate challenge.
"The Cruise in Company will provide me with valuable experience that I will be able to bring back and share with the other members of my local sailing club which will hopefully inspire them to work towards similar trips in the future."
For more information please visit the Cruise in Company pages.