Training Ship Visiting Scilly

The 'Pride of Bristol' training ship

Trainee sailors will be put through their paces around our islands this week.

A Bristol-based charity, who have taken on a former Royal Marines patrol and training vessel – the 24 metre long “Pride of Bristol”, will be developing sea skills from their mooring in the harbour.

17 people are on board the boat and their ages range between 25 and 65.

Skipper, Dave Sidwell, says the charity was started 8 years ago, when the Royal Navy went through a cost-saving exercise and got rid of unwanted vessels.

Dave Sidwell, skipper of the Pride of Bristol

Several sailors, engineers and electricians who were made redundant received a lottery grant to buy one of the training ships and give underprivileged children a taste of life at sea.

David says the crew will be going through several training exercises while in Scilly – they had a navigational exercise coming to the islands, a mooring exercise in the harbour and will develop their fire and first aid skills this afternoon.