19th August 2016

It’s plain sailing for young people at Belfast Marina

Lord Mayor sailing

Young people enjoyed learning new sailing skills at Belfast Marina this morning, (Friday, 19 August), in the company of an unexpected guest, the Lord Mayor.

Today’s the first of three days of free training sessions being provided for young people aged 11 to 15 years by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Titanic Foundation and Belfast Harbour as part of the legacy of hosting the Tall Ships.

Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston said: “With Belfast’s strong maritime heritage, it’s fantastic to see these young people’s enthusiasm for sailing.  They’re getting a taste for hawk keel boats, rigging and sail control and they’ll have an opportunity to drive a sea rover and displacement boat.  They’ll also tour the birthplace of Titanic on the Wee Tram, exploring the maritime heritage and commercial aspects of the docks.

“But perhaps most importantly, they’re building their self-confidence, getting active  and making new friends.”

All three days are now fully booked. Given the popularity of the training, it’s hoped that further opportunities will be offered in the future.