The Hilton Garden Inn today helped make a young Sunderland adventurer’s trip of a lifetime possible.

Crashing through the waves as an essential part of the crew, steering at the helm, preparing dinner in the galley, scrubbing the decks and raising the sails will all be part of the daily life for their sponsored Sunderland Sail Trainee Hannah Ridley (17). Hannah will be taking part in the first leg of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018, sailing from the Port of Sunderland to Esbjerg in Denmark.

Project Director for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018, Michelle Daurat, said: “It is fantastic to see the support that local businesses and individuals are showing for the upcoming iconic event.

“The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 will give many young people like Hannah the chance to use their experience of being at sea as a wonderful way of learning about themselves and their crewmates. I’m certain that everyone who takes part will enjoy a life-changing experience as they set a course for adventure.”

Hannah attends St. Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy in Sunderland and taking part in The Tall Ships Races and will be a completely different experience to anything she has ever done before.

Hannah said: “I’m both excited and a little nervous about what is in store for me on-board a Tall Ship. I haven’t done anything like this before but I think it’s a great chance to develop valuable life skills by doing something well outside my comfort zone.

“I’d really like to thank The Hilton Garden Inn for helping me make a dream come true.”

The first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2018 sails from Sunderland (UK) to Esbjerg (Denmark). The event begins at 12 noon on Wednesday 11 and will run until Saturday 14 of July 2018.

An exciting programme of culture and entertainment will take place across the city, captivating visitors over four days. The fascinating event site will stretch from the Port of Sunderland, a hidden gem at the heart of maritime activity in the city, over to the North banks of the River Wear, home to University of Sunderland, and over to the coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn, where visitors will enjoy fantastic viewing as the ships arrive and then as they bid a fond farewell in the spectacular Parade of Sail.

Each day will offer something different, keeping the crowds entertained and ensuring that The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 remains a cherished memory in the minds of visitors for many years to come.

Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Inn, Catherine Graham, said:“The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 is set to be a phenomenal occasion that will showcase everything that Sunderland has to offer and we are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic opportunity for young people across the city.

Everyone at here at Hilton Garden Inn wishes Hannah a fantastic trip, and we look forward to hearing all about it when she gets back from her adventure.”



07 May 2018