Pelican sets sail on BBC

BBC presenters Tessa Dunlop and Neil Oliver with TS Pelican's captain Mick Cunningham

WEYMOUTH’S  tall ship Pelican has been given a starring role in a new series of the Coast television programme.

The BBC programme, now in its eleventh series, sees presenters Neil Oliver and Tessa Dunlop explore the shorelines and coastal regions of the British Isles.

The introduction to the show is now two and half minutes long and features shots of the Pelican with the presenters on board.

Becky Simmons from Adventure Under Sail, the charity which operates the tall ship Pelican, said: “Neil, Tessa and their film team came on board Pelican back in May and our crew enjoyed taking them out for the day, sailing around the Jurassic coastline, which Weymouth and Dorset are famous for and so proud of.

“Fortunately the weather was superb, and all on board seemed to really enjoy the experience. Both presenters were keen to get involved and were seen taking the ship’s helm and pulling on ropes at various points in the day.

“In the coming weeks we hope there will be a special episode focusing on the south coast, which will showcase our stunning shoreline whilst showing viewers what it’s like to sail on board our traditional sailing vessel. This is one not to be missed.”

Tall ship Pelican is based in Weymouth and is used primarily for youth development through sail training, including representing Dorset each year in the international Tall Ships’ Races generally in Europe.

Coast airs on BBC Two at 8pm on Wednesdays.

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