Wednesday, April 01 - 2015

In partnership with Merseyside Adverture Sailing Trust (MAST) we are pleased to announce the launch of a special competition to give one lucky V.Group Cadet a chance to sail on a real tall ship.

The winning cadet will sail from Dublin to Glasgow in June on board an old fashioned wind powered tall ship as part of the 2015 Apprenticeship Cup. What should our cadets do to ensure they are considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity? Entries to the competition will take the form of a written essay from cadets on the subject of:

"What inspired you to become a seafarer?"

Essays must be written in English and between 500-750 words long. Entries to the competition should be submitted to cadet.competition@vships.com by 2359 GMT on 26th April 2015, with the email subject 'Tall Ship Cadet'.

Essays will be judged by a V.Group panel based on their creativity and originality, grammar and spelling, and relevancy to the essay question.

Good luck!

Full Cadet Competition rules:

The Essay

  1. The topic for the essay is 'What inspired me to become a seafarer'.
  2. Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Creativity and originality, Grammar and spelling, Relevancy of response to question
  3. Essays must be written in English and between 500 and 750 words long.
  4. Applicants may not provide any additional media to support their essay - no photos, videos or diagrams. Only plain text entries will be accepted.
  5. Essays must be the original work of the applicant. They must not have been entered into another competition or infringe on the intellectual copyright of others.
  6. Essays which do not meet the criteria laid out in the rules will be disqualified.


  1. The first prize is a week sailing on board a tall ship with the 2015 Apprentice Ship Cup
  2. Prizes may not be swapped or sold.

Who can enter?

  1. Applicants MUST be current V.Group employed Cadets over 18 years old.

How to enter

  1. Applicants must send their essay to cadet.competition@vships.com. Each entry must also include the Cadet's full name, address and contact number.
  2. Applicants may only submit ONE entry.
  3. Entries must be received by 26th April 2015. Essays received after 2359 GMT on this date will not be considered.

Conditions of Participation

  1. All submitted essays become the exclusive intellectual property of V.Group and extracts may be used in subsequent V.Group promotions including websites and V.News magazine. Applicants will be informed of their use.
  2. In the case that the winner is not able to attend the vessel (for example owing to illness) the second runner up will be invited to attend.
  3. The cost of travel to the vessel, appropriate equipment and VISA applications incurred will be paid in full by V.Ships.

If you have any questions about the competition please contact cadet.competition@vships.com