Warm welcome for Salomon crew
Nankersey Rowing Club and the Falmouth Tall Ships Association joined forces with the arrival of the Swiss registered tall ship Salomon.
Captain Patrick telephoned FTSA liaison officer Anne Oliver to announce their arrival and, despite the very busy harbour with the J Class racing in progress, the Falmouth Harbour Office was able to offer the ship a mooring buoy off Kiln Quay.
The ten cadets on board, all of whom have problems at home or have been in trouble with the police, have enjoyed football at the Dracaena Centre, a trip on the River Fal on the Enterprise boats and a row in the traditional Cornish pilot gig, Circe.
Anne, who is also chairman of Nankersey Rowing Club, said: “These boys have a choice between attending a young offenders’ institute or several months on Salomon. They become changed people as they all start at a level pegging. Their government funds the scheme with ages ranging from 14 to 17 and they spend as much as six months on board leaning to sail, having lessons on board and working together as a team. They greatly enjoyed the rowing and gave us brunch in return.”
Rowing club members ensured the cadets and the permanent crew had a row around Falmouth Harbour. The ship will be staying in Falmouth until Saturday.
Captain Patrick said they hope to make the trip to Falmouth at least once a year due to the welcome they receive from everyone in the port.
Anyone who would like to join Nankersey Rowing Club for the next tall ship visit should telephone 01326 376922.