Kim sets sail in the Tall Ships race to Sweden

Kim Henderson with ITV Tyne Tees presenters Pam Royal and Ian Payne, husband Ian and the Lord Nelson's third mate Sean Fitzpatrick. Picture by John Tuttiett
Kim Henderson with ITV Tyne Tees presenters Pam Royal and Ian Payne, husband Ian and the Lord Nelson's third mate Sean Fitzpatrick. Picture by John Tuttiett
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In two days time, Kim Henderson will be setting sail on the adventure of a lifetime.

She is taking part in the Tall Ships race from Blyth to Gothenburg in Sweden on board the Lord Nelson, one of only two Tall Ships in the world specially adapted to carry crew in wheelchairs.

Kim, whose husband Ken is an Amble Coastguard station officer, is being sponsored in the race by county councillor Robert Arckless.

All sections of the ship are accessible and Kim will get the chance to participate in the full experience of crossing the North Sea, including steering the vessel.

The Lord Nelson, whose home port is Southampton, is 48 metres long and has taken nearly 30,000 trainees to sea, including 11,200 with a disability and more than 4,000 wheelchair users.

Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Sail Training International, is hosting the prestigious Regatta , one of the largest events ever held in the county and the only Regatta in the UK this year.

Fergusons of Blyth, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned haulage companies and the biggest in the North East, is the principal sponsor for the event in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

Follow all the action via our live blog, http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/live/event?2291187, and get involved by tweeting with the hashtag #TallShipsBlyth