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10 Feb 2011

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Confidence is high on board the Tall Ship Pelican, Dorset's Tall Ship with a new management team taking the helm for the 2011 season.

The majestic sight of square-rigged sailing ships is becoming more common around the world, thanks to growing interest in using them to train young people in the qualities of teamwork and self-confidence. The Pelican prides itself on these qualities and during the Tall Ships Races in 2010 the Pelican won the highly acclaimed Torbay Cup. Stephanie Chung a trainee from the British Class A sailing vessel, TS Pelican of London, won the international award for outstanding individual achievement and personal effort. This award was coveted by all the 120 ships that participated and 6,662 trainees. The 15-year-old (the youngest ever winner of the award) was part of the crew on board the Pelican for the Antwerp to Aalborg leg of the 2010 races and beat hundreds of other nominees to be awarded the prestigious Torbay Cup.

Darren Naggs, has joined the Pelican crew as Operations Director. Mr Naggs has a distinguished history in sail training, and has been Master of a number of ships such as the Stavros Niarchos and Prince William.

Richard Gilmore one of the Managing Partners has stepped in as Chief Executive, bringing with him the experience of managing and growing many businesses in the service sector. The team also has the support of Ben Swain, Director of Training, Education and Marketing.

Former Naval Commander Graham Neilson, who inspired the Pelican project, rebuilt the ship at Portland, has decided to step aside and hand over management to the new team. Darren Naggs who takes over as Captain said, "Without Grahams imagination, belief and sheer drive, Pelican would never have got to the current position, and we intend to keep up his good work for the youth of today. We are delighted he is staying on in a non executive role as our adviser." The Pelican was originally built in 1946 in France. The restoration of the TS Pelican was completed in 2007 in Portland harbour.
The Pelican, which is dedicated to youth development is supported by a number of charities and private donors and currently is sponsored by Adventure Under Sail. The Tall Ship Pelican is a square rigged sailing ship which sails thousands of miles each year with its crew of young people and the young at heart, offering challenging voyages for people of all ages from 15 to 80. The permanent crew are always on hand to guide trainees, therefore no previous sailing experience is necessary for prospective crew ? just energy and enthusiasm.
The tall ship was previously up for sale, but has now been taken off the market with an exciting sailing programme in place for 2011. New Chief Executive Richard Gilmore said "We do not need to sell the Pelican; putting her on the market was an idea to attract interest and fresh investment. As we continue to look for more supporters, and partners we have already made a very good start with volunteers coming forward to sail with us. The volunteers help with administration, and have been getting new financial contributors interested in our plans. This year we will be sailing in April with a selection of Adventure Voyages and Day sails out of Weymouth and then to Ireland and the West Coast of Scotland before joining the Tall Ships Races again. We are aiming for an Atlantic voyage in September and are currently in talks locally about our role in the 2012 Olympics."

For more information please view www.adventureundersail.com or call Rose Robson on Tel: 01305 839476
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