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Become a trainee crew member on board Tall Ship Maybe and have an adventure to remember this summer. Sailing with young people from across the UK, and Ireland, become the crew of a traditional tall ship sailing the Irish Sea.
This voyage qualifies for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential and Gaisce President’s Award Ireland.
Voyage age restriction between the ages of 15 – 18.
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On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.
Learn about teamwork, leadership whilst learning skills in sailing a traditional tall ship. There will plenty of opportunities to visit some secluded and isolated towns and bays, maybe have a bonfire on the beach or cool off in the fresh ocean water. Whatever happens on this trip, you will make new friends, learn new skills and make memories that will last forever.
This voyage begins in Belfast, where you will first set eyes on TS Maybe and meet the other trainees. You may join the boat as strangers, but you will leave as family! With 4 permanent crew on board to guide you on your voyage. Following safety briefs and unpacking it will be time to set sail on your adventure. Where you will go on this voyage will depend on the wind and weather conditions. Sailing the Irish Sea is full opportunities and challenges. Maybe you will visit the Isle of Mann or the Scottish borders. You may sail across to the Welsh Coast or explore the coast of Ireland. The wind will dictate the passage that you take from Belfast to Dublin.
You will be fully immersed into every aspect of sailing and living on board a traditional Tall Ship. Set the sails, take the helm, cook delicious meals in the galley, learn seamanship skills and help to keep the vessel ship shape and Bristol fashion!
Maybe Sailing is an experienced provider of residential activities. We operate within a structure of Standard Operating Procedures and Policies. Every year our vessels are inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and we carry all the required life saving appliances and medical supplies to certify the vessel to Category 0 standards. This means that the vessel can is certified to sail anywhere in the world!
All activities have been risk assessed and we can provide copies of these assessments, as well as vessel and insurance certification, on request.
Maybe Sailing is an approved provider for many local educational authorities. Our staff are experienced in working with young people as well as in seamanship and all have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checks. They will work with everyone on your voyage to ensure that you have a safe and really enjoyable adventure at sea.
All trainees receive full safety briefings before the boat leaves the port. This includes briefing in life saving appliances, life-jackets and what to do in emergency situations on board.
Maybe Sailing Youth Development Programme provides young people with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience that will increase their self-awareness and self-confidence, develop their teamwork and leadership skills, and create a strong sense of community responsibility.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Air to Belfast
Flights from all major UK and European cities arrive at either of Belfast’s two airports. Belfast International (belfastairport.com) is 19 miles from the city centre, with the Airport Express 300 bus shuttling between the two every 15-30 minutes during the day and 30-60 minutes at night for £7.50 single, £10.50 return (translink.co.uk). A taxi to the city will be about £28. From George Best Belfast City Airport (belfastcityairport.com), three miles from the city centre, the Airport Express 600 shuttles to the city centre every 30-60 minutes for £2.50 single, £3.80 return.
By Ferry to Belfast
Stena Line (stenaline.co.uk) sails up to six times a day between Belfast and Cairnryan in two hours 15 minutes using state-of-the-art super ferries, and up to twice a day between Belfast and Liverpool. Ferries arrive in the docks, a 15-minute drive or about £10 in a taxi to the city centre. P&O (poferries.com) sails up to nine times a day from Cairnryan to Larne, and twice a day from Troon to Larne from the end of March to end of September, with a connecting train from Larne to Belfast.
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How to get to Dublin
Getting to Dublin is increasingly easy and popular with many airlines, Etihad, Emirates and United Airlines, opening new routes in recent years. With the emergence of low cost air-travel, along with traditional carriers, it has never been easier or less expensive to travel to Dublin.
Even though Ireland is an island, access is easy by sea for both ferry and cruise. Passengers arriving in Dublin have a choice of two disembarkation points, depending on which ferry or cruise company is used. Dublin Port is centrally located, only minutes from the city centre.There are excellent ferry connections daily from the UK and mainland Europe, while the capital also hosts in excess of 100 cruise liners annually which is of growing popularity for visitors to include Dublin on their travel itineraries.
Transport for Ireland is a good option for visitors looking to co-ordinate public transport in Ireland. The website brings together service information, directions and time estimates for bus, tram and rail transport in the city.
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