QBE Employees hit the decks for North Sea Tall Ships race


QBE European Operations, through British Marine, is proud to be supporting the Tall Ships Race 2018 as boats set off from Sunderland today on the first leg of the race.

Four employees from QBE’s business will be enduring the North Sea journey as crew members aboard the ships during the race by taking part in watch rota, hoisting sails, climbing the mast, navigating the vessel along with cleaning the decks and cooking in the galley.

Tom Banks, Credit Hire Claims Specialist at QBE European Operations, who will be a crew member for all three legs of the race, set sail today with Natalie Doswell, BI Analyst, who will be participating in the first leg, to Esbjerg, Denmark aboard the ‘Christian Radich’.

Charlotte Kirkby, Underwriting Assistant, will be participating in the second leg, to Stavanger, Norway, while Liam Glynn, Underwriting Assistant, will be taking over as crew member on the last leg, arriving in Harlingen, Netherlands on 3 August.  The second and third legs will take place aboard the ‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’.

The race takes place across routes between cities that have been significant to the history of the shipping industry. For those participating, it is a great chance for employees under 25 years old to take part in the sailing adventure as Tall Ships trainees.

Tim Pembroke, Director of Marine at QBE European Operations, said: “The Tall Ships Races present an excellent opportunity for our young colleagues to take part in a once in a lifetime adventure that will see them truly immersed in life on the high seas.  Our participants will build teamwork, risk management and endurance skills throughout their journey. At QBE European Operations, we are thrilled to once again be taking part in this event and we wish our colleagues well.”

QBE Insurance is a partner of the Harlingen Sail Foundation, the organisers of the last leg of the race. The annual event, held by Sail Training International, is aimed at young people (16-25 years old) and takes place in European waters over the summer months. 

Pictured left to right: Liam Glynn, Charlotte Kirkby, Natalie Doswell and Tom Banks


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