MARITIME enthusiasts are being given the chance to get up close to a fleet of tall ships.
Training charity Tall Ships Adventures is allowing visitors to climb aboard its 72ft Challenger Round the World Fleet as it berths at Hartlepool Marina later this month.
The yachts, run and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity, will be open to the general public from 11am-3pm at the marina.
The trust, formerly known as The Sail Training Association, operates four Challenger vessels, as well as the 180ft brig Stavros S Niarchos, a 60ft catamaran, a 180ft brig Prince William and two 60ft schooners, Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill.
A spokesman said: “Volunteer crew will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about how the vessels are run.
“The trust offers a variety of sailing adventures for both young people and adults onboard the yachts and so information on how to get on board will also be available.
“Visitors are advised that spaces to look around the yachts will be allocated on a first come first served basis.”
The Tall Ships Youth Trust is visiting Hartlepool as part of the National Citizen Service 2012 which supports young people from all backgrounds to work together, take on new challenges and make a difference.
The Government scheme is a Big Society initiative supporting young people from all backgrounds to work together, take on new challenges and make a difference.
The aim is for those taking part to develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and problem-solving.
As part of the Government scheme, the group will be joining a four-night voyage from Hartlepool on board the trust’s Challenger yachts.
For further information, contact Tall Ships Adventures on (0239) 2832055 or visit www.tallships.org