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Ten day experience of a lifetime for 10 Fleetwood High School students on the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos

Supported by HSBC’s community investment programme, 40 young people aged 14 to 15 have been selected from schools nationwide to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to helm the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos.

Having set sail from Southampton on Tuesday 16 September, the 200 ft. ship will sail along the south coast, visit a European port in France, Belgium or The Netherlands, before sailing up the Thames on Wednesday 24 September past iconic landmarks and under Tower Bridge.

The students will take part in all aspects of sailing during the 10-night voyage.

Working together, the young people from Fleetwood High School will be living in cabins of eight, be assigned to watches, and will get up at 4am to complete duties.

Lorraine Thomas, Senior Manager HSBC Global Education and UK Community Investment said:

“We are delighted to continue our support of Tall Ships Youth Trust for a 14th year. The Voyage of Achievement not only provides young people with a chance to improve their self-confidence, develop team working skills and meet new people: for some it is a life-changing experience.

“The trip also provides an opportunity for HSBC employees to lend their support through mentoring, coaching and improving their personal leadership skills."

HSBC employees will also join the voyage as mentors to the young people, learn to sail the ship and develop their own leadership and influencing skills.

Over the past 13 years, more than 700 young people have taken part in the HSBC supported voyages and a number have returned to work as volunteers for the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity. Others have gone on to develop a career within the marine industry or taken up sailing as a lifelong interest.

Tim Law, Marketing and Operations Director of the Tall Ships Youth Trust said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people on board. The pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their personal skills and abilities, and will leave the voyage with more confidence and motivation, new friendships and big smiles.”