Sail The High Seas In The Tall Ships!

Tall Ships

Sail Training Ireland are delighted to announce a series of sail training voyages on a variety of Tall Ships in 2013.

The aim is to increase the number of tall ship sea voyages to and from the country. The opportunity is open to anyone interested in experiencing life at sea on a traditional sailing ship.

Up to six Tall Ships will take part in two months of voyages around the Irish Sea with 534 voyage-berths available to the people of Ireland. No experience is necessary for those that wish to join a crew and ages 15-99 are welcome.

The Fleet will visit Drogheda and Cobh and Belfast and Dublin twice as well as other ports.

This series will include a Gathering Ireland 2013 project – ‘Sail Home To Your Roots’ bringing Irish Diaspora by sea from Liverpool to Dublin between May 13th & 19th. The fleet will then sail to Belfast arriving on May 24th. Following the maritime festival in Belfast the fleet will then sail back to Dublin for the June bank holiday weekend.

Jimmy Miley, Director of the Gathering Project commented, “The 58 berths available across five traditional tall ships will provide an exciting incentive for budding sailors to come to Ireland to participate in the Gathering and will play a part in reaching the overall target number of overseas visitors for the Gathering project.” 

Scottish vessel Alba Venturer will conduct four voyages between Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland – 48 voyage berths will be available from Aug 12th-Sept 8th.

The Irish Flagged Ship “Spirit of Oysterhaven” is also due to launch their voyage programme in early spring.

In 2012 almost 200 young men and women from Ireland participated in Tall Ship voyages, mostly during the Tall Ships Races. To celebrate this and launch their programme of voyages for 2013 they hosted a prize giving and annual launch event in the Mansion House on Saturday 26th of January. MC for the event was Theo Dorgan, renowned Irish poet and sailing enthusiast.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Lord Mayor, Naoise O Muirí said: “One of the huge benefits of the Tall Ships is the experience offered to the trainees that take part in voyages. Through Sail Training Ireland, Dublin City Council together with Dublin Port Company funded 40 young people to sail on the ships from Spain to Dublin City during the Tall Ships Races. This is a life changing experience that challenges ordinary young people to achieve their full potential and opens their horizons to great possibilities. Sail Training Ireland is making this experience available to all Irish people regardless of social, economic, physical or other circumstances. As Admiral of the port, this is precisely the kind of activity that I support as a means of integrating the people of Dublin with its maritime heritage.”

Michael Byrne, Manager of Sail Training Ireland commented on the voyages; “To sail a Tall Ship is the adventure of a lifetime. The voyages we are organising in 2013 are available to all people of Ireland and most importantly – no experience is necessary for those that wish to take part. Sail Training is a sure way of encouraging people to reach their full potential through challenge and adventure. Our aim is to increase the number of sea-going voyages available to Ireland and to make them more accessible to the general population”.

In 2014 they hope to make available 1000 voyage berths.

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By Jason McDonnell