A Hartlepool man charmed by the Tall Ships on their visit to his town is ticking off his third races in Sunderland this summer.
Kevin Hoad fell in love with the majestic races on their visit to Hartlepool in 2010 - so much so, that he volunteered to work at the event in Blyth last year, and Sunderland this week!
Working as a team leader at the Wearside leg of the races, Kevin has spoken of how wonderful the events are each time they come around.
He said: “I really like it because it’s a lot of fun - I love it so much I’ve got my son involved.”
Kevin’s son Andrew, 19, is about to embark on his first Tall Ships experience.
Working as a technical liaison officer while the ships are in Sunderland, Andrew was given the chance to become a sail trainee on board The Vahine when someone dropped out.
He will set off on his voyage tomorrow.
Andrew said: “I couldn’t make the briefing earlier so I’ve been finding out exactly what I’ll be doing.
“It should be a interesting thing to do. I’ve been putting ropes on the ship and it’s been quite good so I might get more into things as the day goes on.”
Dad Kevin previously worked as a technician with the Army’s Signal Regiment and is about to start a new job at TSB.
He has previously racked up volunteering honours at both the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics - and he’s having a great time at the Tall Ships!