Blog27 August 2014

Tall Ships Regatta sailor raring to go

At Andrews Sykes, we are committed to getting involved in community-based initiatives and have a long track record of supporting local events. The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta is just the latest example of this, and will be the capital’s largest Tall Ship exhibition for more than 25 years. Our London depot is only a stone’s throw away from the final port along the Thames so we are delighted to help promote the race – as well as sponsor two trainee sailors.

And with the festival in Greenwich now just over a week away, one of the young hopefuls popped into our Charlton depot to discuss his thoughts ahead of the voyage. Dominic Paul, a 17-year-old air cadet currently studying at the University Technical College, was in good spirits ahead of his long coach trip to Falmouth this Saturday.

Despite a busy training schedule planned for the following day, the teenager was clearly enthusiastic about the prospect of making his sailing debut on the English Channel. “It’s something really different to what I normally do because I’ve never sailed before,” he admitted.

The ships are scheduled to leave Falmouth on Sunday 31st August, making their way eastwards en route to London. Passing Southampton, Brighton and Dover, the fleet will then continue on through the Thames Estuary, before eventually docking in Greenwich and Woolwich. Participants and tourists will then be able to enjoy a further five days of celebration between the 5th and 9th September.

Despite the uncertain weather in the run-up to the event, Dominic remained confident that the expedition would run as smoothly as organisers envisaged. He predicted: “As far as I can recall it should take about four days in total – if the weather’s good. If not, maybe five or six!”

Along with Dominic, Andrews Sykes are sponsoring another young seafarer who will be taking on the vigorous course along the South Coast. The pair will be blogging regular updates of their progress, offering people a rare insight of what nautical life entails. You can also monitor developments of the trip by following Dominic’s twitter account; details of which will be released shortly.