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Over 100 young people choose their vessel for Tall Ships Sunderland 2018

Tall Ships John Robertson Paralympian Sunderland Yacht Club Liam Malyon Tall Ships Ambassador

3:20pm 21st January 2018
(Updated 3:39pm 21st January 2018)

Over 100 Young people gathered at Sunderland Yacht Club yesterday as they took the next step towards nautical life.

Trainees chose the ship they want to sail on for around four days for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

We spoke to some of those involved.

Victoria French, Head of Events for Sunderland City Council:

Michelle Daurat, Director of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018:

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture:

Tall ships Cllr Ellen Ball & Cllr Elizabeth Gibson

Councillor Ellen Ball, Chair of the East Area Committee:

Councillor Elizabeth Gibson, Chairs the Place board in the East area:

Gordon Spencer,Commodore Sunderland Yacht Club:

John Robertson, Four time Paralypian and member of Sunderland Yacht Club:

14 year old Tall Ships Ambassador Liam Malyon from Silksworth:

Monique Touw Tall Ships Windseeker

Monique Touw, Sail Trainee Consultant from partner organisation Windseeker:

Robert Elliot, President of Sunderland Yacht Club:


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