Tall ship sets sail for Pembroke Dock visit
12:32pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
SECRET swashbucklers will be in for a treat when a tall ship visits the Milford Haven waterway next month (September).
The Irene will be mooring at Pembroke Dock between September 2nd and 8th, thanks to a new initiative led by the Tall Ships (Wales) Trust.
The initiative is designed to give 16 young people and four adults the opportunity to join the ship’s crew on her voyage from Newlyn, Cornwall, to Pembroke Dock before September 2nd and then return with the vessel to its new destination of Bristol on the 8th.
For those wanting to try out their sea legs on a shorter voyage, tickets are available for day trips around the Pembrokeshire coast during the ship’s stay.
There will be a choice of passages between Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, and cruises around the islands to take in the sights and enjoy the experience of sailing on the classic vessel.
Built to carry tiles and bricks between the Bridgewater and Ireland, The Irene was first launched in 1907 and is the last of the West Country’s trading Ketches still under sail.
It is the first in a series of Tall Ships due to visit Milford Haven in the run up to the biannual Seafair Haven event, which will take place next June.
Started in 2006, Seafair Haven has attracted hundreds of classic sailing vessels to the waterway from small dinghies to 100ft four mast tall ships.
Martin Sykes, who is helping organise the event, said: “What I would like to see is tall ships being on the haven two or three times a year, to see more young people going on the ships and for some way of funding it.
“I sailed over to Ireland about six weeks ago on The Irene – it’s a fantastic ship, somewhere young people can learn how they used to sail in the old days, the different sails, how to organise ships and the sort of things you need to do on a ship to make it work.”
Tickets for The Irene are limited. For more information call Martin Sykes on 01348 840420 or go to www.seafairhaven.org.uk.