Shirley becomes a global supporter of Sail Training International to promote the youth development potential of sail training and the famous international Tall Ship Races.
Ahead of visiting the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic this summer, Shirley recently enjoyed her first Tall Ship experience sailing aboard square rigged Stavros S Niarchos, “From climbing the mast and standing on the yards, to steering the boat ‘Tall Ship sailing is a fantastic adventure for young people and I’m very excited about my involvement with Sail Training International and the Tall Ship Races this year,” she explained.
“I had never had the opportunity to sail on a Tall Ship before, I’d only ever watched the huge spectacle of the Tall Ships Race from the dock. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try and now I have I would whole-heartedly encourage others to take part.
“I’m passionate about sport and sailing, but sail training isn’t just about boats and oceans; it’s about young people from very different backgrounds doing something pretty special together.
“Aside from learning how to sail these amazing vessels, you really learn how powerful going to sea can be. Once you’ve steered by the moonlight, or been the first to see land from the top of the mast, or worked as a team to do what you thought was impossible – life looks a lot different.
“My advice? Don’t think twice, it will change your life.”
Shirley will be launching the start of The Tall Ships Races in Aarhus, Denmark, 4-8 July 2013.
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Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager
Sail Training International
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