A TALL ship that promotes sailing for all abilities was back in town a year after The Tall Ships Races event came to Hartlepool.
Crew on board the Lord Nelson treated dozens of people to a day out in the North Sea.
The North-East branch of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) charity chartered the Class A ship to give people a taste of life off dry land.
The lucky winner of a Hartlepool Mail competition joined reporter Mark Thompson and Mail columnist and TFM Radio breakfast host Wayne Allen on board.
Peter Braithwaite, from Compass House on Hartlepool Marina, is more used to watching waves than riding them as he volunteers at Hartlepool Coastwatch, where he is part of a team that helps keep the town’s shoreline safe.
But the 62-year-old enjoyed every minute of his time at sea and said it brought back great memories of last year’s Tall Ships Races event, which also took place in August.
He added: “I had a really good time.
“It’s great to see Hartlepool from the other side.
“It was also really interesting to meet the people who volunteer on the ship and to learn about sailing and the opportunities that are available.
“The way people of all abilities are looked after is incredible.
“Everyone feels included and I can’t speak highly enough of the crew.”
Peter was joined by other lucky North-East residents who had won competitions on both TFM Radio and Metro Radio.
They all had the chance to haul ropes, take to the bridge and steer the ship and learn about the technical aspect of sailing – while also hearing a few tales of life at sea.
JST has fundraised over the last four years so both able-bodied and disabled people can enjoy sailing trips together and has raised £12,000 in that time.
Lesley Sale, the ship’s bosun, said: “We are a charity so rely on people giving their time and carrying out maintenance.
“What we do is all about teamwork, everyone has a role to play no matter what ability they have.
“Every voyage is interesting and is great fun.”
To learn more about the JST visit www.jst.org.uk