Berwick teenager completes journey on board Tall Ship

Berwick schoolgirl Shannon Lowrie has returned from an adventure on the high seas.

Saturday, 17th September 2016, 07:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 13:05 pm
Berwick schoolgirl Shannon Lowrie, right, has recently returned from an adventure on the high seas.

Shannon was one of 19 young people from Northumberland to crew the Christian Radich, one of the ships involved in the Tall Ships Regatta.

She grabbed the opportunity given by Berwick Youth Project and took part in a number of training exercises and meetings prior to her nine-day voyage from Blyth to Gothenburg.

On her return, Shannon said:“It was hard work and very long days (18 hours) but was definitely worth it. My highlight was being on lookout at night. I saw a lot of dolphins jumping and diving next to our ship.”

She felt she had developed her communication skills, listening skills, teamwork and cultural understanding.

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“I have made friends with everyone on the crew and we are already making plans to meet up again,” she revealed. “I am sure that I have made friends for life.”

Cllr Jim Smith, who sponsored Shannon through his small schemes money from Northumberland County Council, said he was delighted that Shannon’s first trip abroad had been so successful and that it has encouraged her to take part in other travel opportunities.

Shannon would encourage other young people to take part in this experience and is already looking forward to taking part in the Tall Ships Race in 2018 as a member of the Berwick Youth Project’s crew. It will work alongside a professional crew on the James Cook sailing trip from July 13-20, 2018. If you are between 13 and 23 now and would like to be part of the 10-strong Berwick crew contact John Bell on 01289 333103 or pop in to the Youth Project for more details.