200ft brig to visit Northumberland this summer ahead of Tall Ships Regatta

Stavros S Niarchos will be visiting Blyth and hosting an open day for the public on Saturday, June 27, ahead of the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth in 2016.

Stavros S Niarchos will be visiting Blyth and hosting an open day for the public on Saturday, June 27, ahead of the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth in 2016.

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Northumberland residents will get a taste of what’s heading their way next year when a 200ft ship calls in this summer.

The impressive Stavros S Niarchos will be visiting Blyth and hosting an open day for the public ahead of the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016, which was announced last month.

The brig Stavros S Niarchos.

The brig Stavros S Niarchos.

She will be arriving at the port of Blyth with 40 students from Emmanuel Schools Foundation on board following their 10-night voyage from Southampton. She will be open to the public from noon to 5pm on Saturday, June 27.

Stavros S Niarchos is a brig, a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. She is the biggest ship of its kind to be built in the UK in a century and the open day will provide the public with the opportunity to go on board, explore her magnificent decks and learn more about a modern-day square-rigged brig.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust, a charity founded in 1956 that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean-going sail training vessels, will be hosting a sponsored rig-climb in the morning (10am-noon) before the open day.

If you would like the opportunity to go up and over on board Stavros, contact Mike Bloomfield (mike.bloomfield@live.co.uk) for more information. Limited spaces available.

If you’ve always wanted to sail a Tall Ship, a five-night taster voyage taking place after the open day is the perfect opportunity to get on board. It will give you an insight to life at sea and introduce you to the North Sea, with some fantastic coastline and a variety of wildlife to see. To book on, visit the Tall Ships website and use the booking form ‘SSN 708 – Tall Ship North East Taster’. The voyage launches from Blyth on Sunday, June 28, arrives back at Sunderland on Friday, July 3, and costs £479.