TALL ship Alma Doepel will be the focus of a special maritime industry luncheon in Victoria next month.

The three masted topsail schooner is one of the oldest surviving Australian-built tall ships, going on to support sail training programs for youth.

Waypoint Foundation, which facilitates the youth development programs on Alma Doepel will host the luncheon with support from Port Phillip Sea Pilots and Searoad Ferries.

Victorian minister for ports and freight Melissa Horne will attend as a special guest to deliver an update from the state’s maritime industry.

Alma Doepel … has launched many maritime industry careers including ships’ masters, pilots and harbour masters,” Waypoint Foundation said.

“Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, Alma Doepel conducted sail training on Port Phillip Bay for Victorian youth from diverse backgrounds, including those considered at-risk.

“The ship is now nearing the end of her restoration and will soon return to the water to continue her much-needed work with young people.”

Waypoint Foundation said many other states have their own youth sail training ships to promote careers in the maritime industry for young people.

“It is now time Victoria had a similar opportunity to make a positive impact.”

The industry luncheon will be held on 22 November 2023 at the Hotel Windsor Grand Ballroom, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne. It will run from 12:30 until 14:30.

For more information and to book individual/table tickets, head to almadoepel.com.au.