#TALL SHIPS – Dublin organisers will fund a minimum of twenty-five trainees to sail aboard the Tall Ships when Dublin is the final host port for The Tall Ships Races 2012 later this Summer. Magnificent Tall Ships lining the city quays north and south of the river Liffey from 23rd – 26th August. This is truly one of the most spectacular maritime events in the world and the local organisers of The Tall Ships Races 2012 Dublin Event are seeking young people looking for the adventure of a lifetime to become trainees who will engage in a life learning experience on a Tall Ship from A Coruña in Spain to Dublin over a 10-day period in August. Trainees will take part in every aspect of running the ship from setting sails to scrubbing the deck and the best part, absolutely no sailing experience required.
To celebrate the event, local organisers have committed to funding a minimum of twenty-five trainees to sail aboard the ships during this race. To apply for this funding you must be aged 18-25 and live in Dublin City Council Administrative Area. "This is a truly amazing opportunity for any young person, it promises to be the experience of a lifetime. Trainees will form strong friendships with other trainees from around the world, get to sail a beautiful square rigged ship in the old traditions of seafaring and learn a new set of life-skills. We are providing an incredible opportunity by funding 25 trainees and this opportunity is available to people with all levels of physical ability," commented Mary Weir, Project Manager, Tall Ships Races Dublin Event
"In addition to the twenty-five funded trainee places there are a wide range of opportunities available for those who wish to fund their own voyage as a trainee as part of The Tall Ships Races 2012 in what promises to be a truly unique experience" added Michael Byrne, Manager, Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development
The Tall Ships Races 2012, organised by Sail Training International and presented by Szczecin is renowned around the world as one of the key highlights of the maritime calendar, as a leading tourist attraction and in terms of ability to deliver economic benefit to the host city. Sail Training International is a charity established to harness sail training to develop and educate young people, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background.
The magnificent Tall Ships will form the breath-taking backdrop to a 4-day long celebration in Dublin in August with a host of free events including live music on multiple stages around the Dublin Docklands area, street theatre, markets, fun fairs, and water sports along with plenty of opportunities to board the ships in port and meet the crews and share their experiences on a Tall Ship.
As final host port, Dublin can expect to see up to 1 million visitors attending the event in August from the 23rd to the 26th, where a majestic fleet of ships and 3,000 crew are expected to visit the city.
Anyone looking for the adventure of a lifetime as a trainee on a Tall Ship should log onto www.dublintallships.ie/trainees and register their details. By doing so they will receive regular information updates. Trainees seeking funding are required to meet certain criteria. For those that meet the criteria there is an option within the registration form to apply for the funding. However, potential trainees not eligible for funding can still register to fund themselves to sail in this spectacular race.