by tocle on June 26th, 2012 - Comments Off
Falmouth has been honoured to host the start point of the Tall Ships’ Race on three occasions in 1966, 1982 and 1998.
Tall Ships Races are popular events and provide a boost to the local economy of any Port in which it is staged.
For the event to be held in Falmouth, it needs A&P’s facilities and support, and the last time a stage was held in Falmouth, in 2008, 50,000 visitors passed through the yard in 3 days, whilst A&P was still running the yard 24/7, fixing ships and handling cargo.
It is always exciting to welcome a Tall Ship to Falmouth, and this weekend will see the Swiss registered, three-masted schooner Salomon moor in Falmouth Harbour after arriving from Horta, the Azores on Saturday 23/6 for a week.
The schooner is operated by the Sternen Youth Centre General Institution, Switzerland, who manage a crisis intervention and therapy programme for behaviourally disturbed teenagers.
Along with her sister vessel Ruach, a two-masted gaff rigged schooner, both ships provide learning facilities for these youngsters who can be placed on the ship for a minimum period of nine months.
Aboard ship they learn through experiential pedagogics or “education on the basis of experience.” The institute also runs three schooling and training centres, and a paragliding and scuba diving school – all of which work closely with the ships.