National Historic Ships UK flagship of the year competition opens for 2015

National Historic Ships UK is once again calling for entries for its annual ‘Flagship of the Year’ competition for an award, and the job of representing NHSUK for the year.

Last year’s winner was the Humber keel Daybreak, pictured above, as are her owners and the broad pennant.

Entry is open to vessels on the National Register of Historic Ships that are in operational condition, and which raise their profile by attending public events and festivals. The successful applicant will be given a broad pennant to fly, marking their flagship status and the year of the award.

The vessel will also receive a grant of up to £1,000 to assist with the costs of running the vessel and appearing at major national or international events.

Owners should apply via the NHSUK website, outlining their planned cruising programme for the season, including:

  • key places to be visited
  • details of events or festivals to be attended
  • significance of the vessel and any links to cruising destinations
  • public benefit from vessel attendance at any events
  • ways in which the vessel would support National Historic Ships UK during the year

Applications should also state how the grant would be used, and are encouraged to include photographs to demonstrate the aesthetic or promotional impact the vessel will make.

The competition closing date is the 31st March 2015.

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