A TALL ship usually sighted in the Bristol channel has disappeared from view – journeying further afield.

The Vale’s Tall Ship, and Wales’ largest sail training vessel – Challenge Wales – means young people in Barry can still jump aboard during the summer

The vessel sails further afield taking young people on life-changing voyages, from June to September, and the Challenge Wales charity is keen for Barry and Vale residents not to miss out on the funding that is available to them to give them this opportunity.

The Challenge Wales Bursary scheme funds individuals and groups, aged 12 to 25 years. from 50 to 100 percent to take part in Challenge Wales’ voyages.

Funding is currently available for some of Challenge Wales’ most exciting residential voyages of the year, for ages 16 to 25 years, sailing to Glasgow in readiness for the Commonwealth Games, Irish Sea Cruising and spectacular Tall Ships Racing with young people from all over the world coming together for one of the biggest spectator events this year which culminates in London.

Funding is also available for specific voyages aimed at those who are visually impaired, enabling them to come sailing with a friend and have all voyage and travel costs covered.

Trustee of Challenge Wales, Vicky Williams said: “Many people don’t recognise the benefits of sail training and the work we do to develop individuals. Our funding is there to help as many young people as possible from Barry and the Vale - whether a youth group or individuals - to get onboard regardless of their background.

“Taking part in our personal development sail training voyages, learning new skills, meeting new people and developing confidence is also something that a CV will benefit from and can be used as the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”

For details visit www.challengewales.org or call 029 20 220 266.