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YOUTH TALL ALL T SHIPS RACE LAUNCHED; Contest will be biggest of its kind in the UK.

Byline: PETER ELSON ECHO Shipping Correspondent peter.elson@trinitymirror.com ElsonPeter @

A LIVERPOOL tall ship race for young people launched yesterday will be the biggest in the UK.

The Apprentice Ship Cup, run by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST), announced its plans at the Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock Village, for next summer's race around the Irish Sea.

The six tall ships taking part will be firstly on show at next year's International Mersey River Festival, in the Albert and Canning Docks, Liverpool city centre. The race will begin after that on June 5 until 27, followed by a gala dinner on June 28 at the Titanic Hotel.

Around 300-400 young people, aged 16-30 years (apprentices and junior staff), are applying to join as trainee crews, more than double the number on the four tall ships which raced this summer.

The Apprentice Ship Cup has also been extended from two weeks to three, starting from Liverpool and including Dublin, Belfast, Greenock, Whitehaven and Douglas, Isle of Man.

Jim Graves, MAST chair and event organiser, promoted the race to company bosses as a means of staff development.

Companies sending teams of their young work-work ers include: Argos, Cammell Laird, Glendale, Matrix, Pearson, Peel Ports, Regenda Sellafield Ltd, United Utilities and Sellafield Ltd.

Jim Graves said: "MAST wants to make Liverpool the tall ship centre for northern England and what better way than for companies to give their young employees an opportunity they will never forget?" Besides British apprentices, other groups from France, Ireland and the Netherlands will take part and the newly-formed China Sail Training Association (CSTA) is a keen supporter of the Cup.

Wing-Nin Chan, CSTA chair, said: "China is a selfcontained country and its seafaring tradition disappeared, so tall ship racing is a new idea."

Jessica Zhang, China - Britain Business Council adviser in Liverpool, said: "As Liverpool has been twinned with Shanghai for 20 years, the Apprentice Ship Cup is a very good way to strengthen our links by bringing our young people together."

Tom Price, 20, a Peel Ports apprentice, from Wallasey, who is taking part in the Cup for the second time, said: "I'd never been sailing before. We grew as a team of 20 people and sparked off each other, making the experience more appealing." Any company or person .wishing to take part or wanting further details should contact Jim Graves on mastjwg@yahoo.co.uk

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