Youngsters on board for a life-changing expedition
1:30pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
THREE Barry youngsters have docked back in town after a voyage of discovery from Brixham as part of a Tall Ships Youth Trust adventure.
12-year-old Katie Phillips, Cerys Meadows and Morien Evans, both 15, recently won Barry Town Council support to win a place on the deck of the Stavros S Niarchos which came in on Friday, having set sail from Devon on its West Coast Adventure on Monday, August 26.
54 crew, comprising of around 30 youngsters, from across the UK, had the opportunity to learn new skills and meet and learn from others, of all backgrounds, while on board the 200ft square rigged brig.
Bishop of Llandaff pupil Katie, whose family is connected to the RNLI Barry Dock lifeboat, said she had written a 500 word essay on what would make Barry better to earn her place on board and had enjoyed making new friends.
Bryn Hafren pupil Cerys said: “I just thought it would be a different experience. “There was a lot more to it than I thought and I think the best thing is meeting new people.
Bro Morgannwg pupil Morien added that he had enjoyed climbing the ship’s mast.
Chairman of the local branch of the Tall Ships Youth Trust, Peter Coleman said: “I get pleasure from seeing how the young people develop on these trips.
“With these youngsters you are investing in the future.
“We are able to make a difference to young people and that’s what drives us all.”
The youngsters will now give a presentation on their trip to Barry Town Council
For details, visit www.tallships.org