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Youngsters on board for city tall ships challenge.

DOZENS of Liverpool teenagers will have the chance to sail in tall ships after a deal struck as part of Capital of Culture.

As the city prepares to host the start of the world famous Tall Ships Race in 2008, the Culture Company has arranged to fund youngsters to sail in events for the next two years for free - with talks under way to take it up to four years.

The first group of 10 teenagers, aged 14 to 17, will board the ship Greater Manchester Challenge tomorrow in Portsmouth and set sail for Newcastle. The Tall Ships Sail Training Initiative is part of a two-tier programme to involve children in maritime activities, a pledge made to mark Sea Liverpool 2005.

The culture company launched the first tier with the city's Watersports Centre offering free sessions in sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing.

This has seen a 70% increase in people using the centre as well as its membership almost doubling


HEAVE-HO: The first group of 10 teenagers prepare for their tall ships adventure Picture: TONY KENWRIGHT
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2005
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