Local Northumberland food, competitive inter-ship sports competitions and activities for all the family brought visitors and crews together for the Bank Holiday weekend in Blyth, Northumberland – the first port of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016.
Ship crews battled it out in the inter-ships competitions of tug of war, beach volleyball and rowing and also went out kayaking and surfing. They also enjoyed free access to a swimming pool and gym and went on cultural tours to Alnwick Castle and Garden and Housesteads.
They then dressed up and took to the streets in a celebratory Crew Parade and Prize-Giving Ceremony where they won hampers packed with Northumberland produce to tuck into during their race to Gothenburg, Sweden – which starts Monday 29 August.
As well as visiting the stunning Regatta fleet visitors were treated to live music, a funfair, market stalls, circus acts, sand artists and street entertainment.
The prizes were awarded to …
Most Spectacular Arrival
Best Dressed Ship in Port (Class A)
Lord Nelson (UK)
Best Dressed Ship in Port (Class B)
Johann Smidt (Germany)
Best Dressed Ship in Port (Class C or D)
Urania (The Netherlands)
Oldest Ship in Fleet
Swan (UK) Class B. Year launched 1900, 116 years old
Ship Furthest from Home
Shtandart (Russia) – travelled 1,280 nautical miles
Best Dressed Crew in Parade (Class A):
Best Dressed Crew in Parade (Class B, C and D)
Inter-Ship Competition – Volleyball overall winner
Inter-Ship Competition – Rowing overall winner
Dar Mlodziezy (Poland)
Inter-Ship Competition – Tug of War overall winner
Dar Mlodziezy (Poland)
News from behind the sails: What the trainees told us
Sail Training International caught up with Becky, aged 17, who had sailed to Blyth, Northumberland on Class C, Challenger 3 from the UK.
Becky comes from Yorkshire, Doncaster and found out about the opportunity to go sailing when she was looking for something to do during her summer holidays and discovered The Tall Ships Youth Trust. She sailed on Challenger 3 from Portsmouth to Blyth as part of the delivery journey to the start of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016.
“I’ve had an amazing time. I had never sailed before, so I thought I would try it in between studying. I was seasick for the first two days and then found my sea legs. The rest of the crew were really friendly and came from all different parts of the country. The lasting memories for me were the starry skies and the fantastic sunsets and sunrises. It was great to arrive in Blyth and be part of the start of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta and last night we had a fantastic view of the fireworks.
“The food was surprisingly good – I created my own, new, favourite breakfast – mashed up Weetabix and banana, and we also had pancakes. Lunch comprised of baguettes and jacket potatoes with different fillings, soup and pasta. For dinner we had chicken fajitas, thai curry and rice, spaghetti bolognese. chilli con carne and lamb curry. We all had the opportunity to cook in the galley as part of our watch, and it wasn’t easy as we were moving all the time – but we were hungry and ate well. I can’t wait to sail again.”
If you’d like to go on a sail training adventure, like Becky visit www.sailonboard.com to find out how.