ONE of Sweden’s largest sailing ships has docked at Gunwharf Quays Marina.
Sail training ship Gunilla is part of the Swedish school system, taking 44 pupils aged 16 to 19 years old on an educational journey, with the world as their classroom.
Since the 165ft Gunilla arrived in Portsmouth this week from Lubbeck, Germany, students have been on excursions visiting the Isle of Wight, D-Day Museum, HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard.
They also visited local families of pupils at Portsmouth Grammar School and stayed a night in their homes.
It’s the ship’s 13th consecutive visit to Portsmouth.
Captain of Gunilla Jörgen Hansson said, ‘It’s always great to be back in Portsmouth. As well as the strong links we have with Portsmouth Grammar School, there is so much for our students to do here.
‘We’ve had a very warm welcome from everyone we’ve met. The fact we’re here for the 13th time in a row says it all.’
Peter Cardy, who is chief executive of the ship’s owner Sail Training International, said: ‘This is what sail training is all about – adventure, experience, fun and challenge.
‘Those who undertake even one sail training voyage undergo some form of life change. It is a terrific way for young people to acquire self-confidence, social skills and team-working ability.’
Gunilla is set to leave Portsmouth later today.