Stavros training ship stands tall

Stavros S Niarchos sails into Whitby
Stavros S Niarchos sails into Whitby

TALL ships may sail from Whitby on a regular basis once again after a sailing trust tested the waters by bringing it’s 60m sailing vessel into the harbour on Monday night.

The sight of the Stavros S Niarchos sailing into port for a brief overnight visit attracted crowds of people and the brig, the largest built in the UK in more than a century, did not disappoint.

Trevor Paine is secretary of Tall Ships Youth Trust’s northern branch and a volunteer crewman onboard the Stavros S Niarchos.

He is also education volunteer officer at the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby and said: “We have been negotiating with Whitby’s former harbourmaster Martin Willis in Blyth and he persuaded our captain that he could get into Whitby.

“We are extending our area to give more people a chance to get involved and there’s a distinct possibility that we could call here on a regular basis.”

The boat is the flagship vessel of the trust, which runs voyages primarily for youngsters to aid their personal development, but also have older crewman who often take to the seas to raise funds for charities.

With a 45m main mast and rigging comprising of nine miles of rope, the ship is manned by six full-time salaried crew, led by skipper Stuart Patterson, 13 volunteer crew and an additional voyage crew of 48.

For more information about how to sail with Tall Ships Adventures or to learn how to apply for bursaries visit www.tallships.org.