Due to the huge response and interest from previous participants it has been decided to once again run the event in 2019.

Many businesses have indicated that they did not get an opportunity to market or advertise their company or the involvement of their apprentices and trainees during and after the event. MAST are therefore looking to engage much earlier in the organisation of the event with interested businesses to ensure that marketing and PR opportunities are not missed in 2019.

MAST has contacted the ships to be involved in 2019 about how businesses can advertise themselves and use the occasion for a PR event in the three ports: Liverpool – Oban. Ships involved are: Class A Tall Ship ‘Pelican of London’, Class B Tall Ship ‘Phoenix, Class B Tall Ship ‘Bessie Ellen’, Class B Tall Ship ‘Johanna Lucretia’.


Key Dates for 2019

June 29th and 30th ~ Mersey River Festival
July 1st ~ Ships sail for Whitehaven, via Oban
July 5th ~ Oban
July 6th ~ Ships sail for Liverpool, via Oban
July 12th ~ Ships arrive in Liverpool
July 13th ~ Awards Ceremony at Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool


After discussion with the participating ships and the organisers of the awards dinner, MAST has put together a comprehensive package to cater for companies sending more than one participant and also those companies sending individual participants.

In order to assist initial planning, please advise which package you would like to consider and the number of apprentices you are considering for the 2019 Apprentice Ship Cup.


Package One – Apprentice Teams

• A number of places on a one- week leg of the ASC
• Confirmed places at the Awards Dinner
• One PR evening on board a tall ship for 30 people
• Travel for the apprentices to and from Liverpool from Oban
• RYA Competent Crew Certification
• Advertising on the allocated ship
• Advertising space at the Awards Dinner
• Free copy of the 2019 DVD
• COST: £750 per participant


Package Two – Individual Apprentices

• A place on a one-week leg of the ASC
• One place at the Awards dinner
• Travel for the apprentice to and from Liverpool from Oban
• RYA Competent Crew Certification
• COST: £720 per participant


If interested please contact Jim Graves on mastjwg@yahoo.co.uk