ABP staff swap desks for decks as they experience a day on the high seas

May 5, 2016

ABP staff about to embark on their sailing day aboard the Tall Ship Maybe

A group of lucky staff from ABP’s Humber ports were offered the chance to test their sea legs when they were given a training day by seafaring charity Maybe Sailing.

Fifteen staff from across the four ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham set sail from Hull Marina out onto the Humber Estuary so they could learn how to crew the 80-foot gaff-rigged vessel.

The training was given to the staff as a thank you for supporting the charity with free berthing and a charitable donation given to enable local schools to enjoy sailing days aboard Tall Ship Maybe.

Rachel Addison, ABP Communications Manager Humber has been working with Maybe Sailing for the past 12 months to deliver a series of training days aimed at local schools.

She said: “When we were first approached by the charity to help them provide a series of free sail training days to schools we were keen to do all we could to help. We are now in the planning stages for the 2016 season and hope to offer some training to schools in Grimsby and Hull.

“We were thrilled when the team offered us a free day on the Humber as a thank you and I was inundated with requests for a place. Those who were fortunate enough to be drawn from the hat had a fantastic day learning about navigating and rigging and thoroughly enjoyed spending some quality time with their colleagues and the crew.”

Frankie Hartwell is Maybe Sailing’s Marketing, PR and Education officer and she also crews when time allows.

She said: “"It was great to be able to invite ABP staff on board and provide them with a taster of what sailing training is all about.

“ABP has supported Maybe Sailing over the last few years and helped to increase the opportunities for young people across Humberside and NE Lincolnshire to take part in sail training experiences on board Tall Ship Maybe. This in turn has helped to engage young people with the Humber Estuary and understand the important part it plays in the economic development of the region."