Tuesday, July 15 - South West Water launches youth competition

PUBLISHED: 13:09 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

LIFE on the ocean waves beckons for five lucky young people living in the South West this summer.

LIFE on the ocean waves beckons for five lucky young people living in the South West this summer.

To mark the success of its £2 billion Clean Sweep programme, which has transformed the region's bathing waters, South West Water is inviting young people aged 16 to 25 in its service area to enter a competition for places on board a tall ship sailing from Cornwall to Portugal this September.

The five winners will be taught to sail the TS Pelican as she travels from Falmouth to Illhavo during the week September 13 to 22.

To enter, they have to answer a simple question related to the success of the Clean Sweep programme.

Entry forms are being distributed to schools, colleges and youth clubs and entries can also be submitted online at www.southwestwater.co.uk.

The closing date for the competition is August 22 and is open to anyone aged between 16 and 25 living in the region covered by South West Water, which includes Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset.

South West Water chief executive Chris Loughlin said: "We have launched this competition to mark the success of our Clean Sweep programme, which is now nearing completion.

"As a sponsor of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in Falmouth, we thought offering youngsters a berth on board a tall ship was the perfect way of celebrating the impact Clean Sweep has had on the quality of our bathing water around the region.

"This has proved vital to the region's economic growth while protecting its environment. We all know Clean Sweep was an expensive programme but the long term economic and environmental benefits have been huge."

John Hick, chairman of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships organising committee added: "We are delighted to welcome South West Water on board, without sponsorship from the business community the event would not be possible.

"We look forward to working with all of our sponsors and turning the start of this prestigious Regatta into an outstanding event for the whole of Cornwall.

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