This is possibly a Baptist first, at least for the last hundred years or so!

The Baptist Times has organised a Tall Ships experience for 40 young people aged 16-25, who’ll sail as voyage crew on the Stavros S Niarchos, a two-masted sail training ship run by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. No experience is needed: participants will be trained in sail handling, helmsmanship and other aspects of seamanship – including climbing the masts, swabbing the decks and helping in the galley. Duties will include being on watch from midnight-4am and 4am-8am!

We want this to be a spiritual experience as well as a fun time, so there’ll also be eight voyage chaplains who are experienced youth pastors.

It’s five nights at sea, April 10-15, 2012, leaving from and returning to a South Coast port and involving a stop in a foreign port. All food is included – you just pay a flat fee for the voyage.

For more details and pictures see www.baptisttimes.co.uk/tallshipsholidayoffer.htm

If you aren’t in this age group, there’s also a form to download and give to the young people in your church.

Please sign up if you’re interested, or contact Mark Woods, editor@baptisttimes.co.uk or tel 01235 517672 if you want to know more.

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