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Tuesday, 20 December 2016


This year Merseyside Adventure Sail Training (MAST) is celebrating 50 years since the very first Sail Training Voyage out of the River Mersey.

Over the past 50 years more than 10,000 people, young and old, including many disabled and disadvantaged, have had the opportunity to sail in and out of the River Mersey on a Tall Ship.

Topsail Insurance is proud to be continuing their support of MAST as the anniversary celebrations showcased how Sail Training in the UK started, its subsequent development, the various bodies that constitute the UK Sail Training Community and those who have supported the vision of delivering opportunities to sail on a Tall Ship.

The 50th anniversary celebrations were highlighted in a two-day event that recognised how Sail Training has helped people of all ages and backgrounds to develop their life skills through the unique experience of crewing a Tall Ship.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum hosted the two-day celebrations in November with Sir Michael Bibby, Group Managing Director, Bibby Line Group Limited who opened the event with Mr Bob Pointing, Chair of the Canal and River Trust NW. The Class A Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos was docked in Canning Half Tide Dock for the weekend and was available for ship tours and briefings on Sail Training topics.

Event guests and attendees from throughout the North West also enjoyed an evening onboard the Steam Tug Daniel Adamson with the High Sheriff James Davies and listened to keynote speaker Ian Rowe on his transatlantic rowing adventures.

Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust is a charity that enables young people achieve growth and personal development through sail training and embarking on life-changing adventures! Approximately 1,000 young people go to sea each year. 

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