Tall ship for Hartlepool

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A TALL ship is coming to Hartlepool and town people have a chance to join in the adventure.

A year after the town welcomed almost 70 vessels into port for The Tall Ships Races, the 130ft barque Lord Nelson is due to sail into town on Friday, August 12.

She will arrive after a 13-day voyage which will start in Aberdeen on Saturday, July 30.

It takes in Amsterdam in Holland before setting off for Hartlepool where its international crew will spend a day in town on a sail exchange which has been organised by At Sea Sail Training.

There is good news for town youngsters too as the search is on to find seven UK people aged 15 to 25 to join the 35 trainees from throughout Europe.

A spokesman for At Sea Sail Training said: “We want to give British people the experience of a lifetime.”

While on board, the crew will learn about navigating, sailing rules and manoeuvring.

Trainees will also be on board from Belgium, France, Ireland, and Holland.

Since the launching in 1986, more than 36,000 trainees have sailed with the Lord Nelson and the fun on board will also include games, national dinners and European song festivals.

Part of the adventure will be taking part in one of the four watches, making sure the ship remains constantly safe.

The normal price for the voyage is 1,675 Euros (currently £1,453) but, for people aged 15 to 25, the discount rate of 1,195 Euros (currently £1,039) is on offer, which includes food and accommodation on the ship, but does not include transfers to and from the ports.

The ship is accessible for people of all physical abilities and more information about the ship can be found by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and selecting the link at the bottom of this story.

Anyone wanting to take part in the adventure should visit the At Sea Sail Training website by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk