Back on solid ground but sailors through and through

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The Tall Ships sail trainees from Lewis who took part in the Cruise in Company leg of the Tall Ships Races 2011 are settling back into being on solid ground now and have taken part in an evening to thank funders who made their incredible experiences possible.

The Tall Ships Trainees’ evening took place on Tuesday 30th August in the Caladh Hotel providing a chance for the trainees and their parents to get to know the people who funded their trips, and thank them personally for their kind donations.

The event was hosted by Stornoway Port Authority, who had been planning for the Tall Ships Races since 2009 and contributed £3,000 to aid the trainees during their journey.

The twelve trainees from the Isle of Lewis: Holly Maciver, Melissa Morrison, Iain Padraig Sinclair, Conor Cowan, James Thomson, John Crate, Ross Macaulay, Craig Macleod, Jane Maciver, Kenneth Angus Macleod, Andrew Macmillan and Andrew MacDonald – were crew members on the Europa, Pelican of London and Eendracht on the trip between Greenock and Lerwick.

During the event, sail trainee Jane Maciver provided guests with a snapshot of her time aboard the Europa and shared with them her fantastic experiences on board the ship as it sailed from Greenock to Lerwick.

SPA Harbourmaster Torquil Macleod also delivered a presentation, detailing how the donated funds from local councillors and organisations enabled the twelve local trainees to experience the voyage of a lifetime.

Capt. Macleod went on to point out that there will be more opportunities for sail training in 2012 and said: “It is hoped that the peaked interest in Sail Training can continue in coming years and can be promoted locally in partnerships with other organisations.”

The Tall Ships trainees would like to thank Sail Hebrides, Hebridean Marine Society, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Lews Castle College, the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Councillors for all their contributions that funded the trainees’ excellent adventure.

They would also like to offer a special thanks to the Community Education Team, who directed the Trainees in some of the fundraising applications.