Fundraising frolics included dancing to sea shanties aboard HMS Warrior 1860

The Tall Ships Youth

Trust held a black tie charity dinner to celebrate taking its 100,000th

trainee to sea and the launch of its new Fellowship.

The event, which took

place on the HMS Warrior 1860, last Friday was hailed by organisers as ‘a huge success’ with more than 200

guests soaking up the nautical atmosphere.

Record breaker Chay

Blyth was the guest speaker for the evening and held the audience captive as

he described his experiences of being the first person to sail non-stop

westwards around the world, on board the yacht British Steel taking 292 days.

Guests

were entertained by a variety of performers and finished the evening off by

dancing to sea shanties in the aisles.

Chief Executive Chris Law said: ‘With

a huge thanks to all of the sponsors, donors and everyone who took part in the live auction, silent auction and raffle more than £30,000 was raised.

‘This

is a fantastic achievement and provides much needed funds for equipment for the

vessels and bursaries for young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to sail

with the Trust.’