Hartlepool apprentice to take to the high seas in the tall ships race
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HARTLEPOOL APPRENTICE TO TAKE TO THE HIGH SEAS IN THE TALL SHIPS RACE
A Housing Hartlepool apprentice has won the chance of a lifetime - to take part in the historic 2010 Tall Ships Race.
Thanks to the housing company, plumbing apprentice Liam Wood will fly out to Kristiansand in Norway on July 31 where he will join the Christian Radich that will be sailing to Hartlepool, arriving back on August 9.
Hartlepool will welcome the spectacular sight of up to 100 hundred vessels, which are expected to attract up to one million visitors, when it hosts The Tall Ship Races 2010.
Liam, 19, a former pupil of Dyke House School, will sail alongside an experienced crew and learn the ropes such as steering, climbing the rigging and cooking and looking after the vessel.
Housing Hartlepool Director of Regeneration, Colin Wilson said: “Taking part in the Tall Ships Race will be a fantastic life-enhancing experience for Liam.
“The new skills that he will learn, as well as working as part of a team, will stand him in good stead not only with his career, but with his general personal development.”
Liam, who lives in Hartlepool, said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in such a prestigious event, meeting new people and being taught how to sail on such a magnificent ship.
“This will be the trip of a life time and I intend to keep a detailed record of it all through a video diary and a personal daily ship’s log.”
The Christian Radich is a class 'A' ship and was named after a Norwegian ship-owner who left money to build a vessel to train young people in the art of sail and was built in 1937.
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Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
Housing Hartlepool apprentice Liam Wood