Five Windermere Lake Cruises Masters are set to begin their training to skipper the ‘MV Swift’.

The steamer is the biggest new vessel to be launched onto Lake Windermere in 80 years.

With 32 years’ experience of working for Windermere Lake Cruises between them, Rob Beale, Mihai Nichita and James Ellis are undergoing intensive training to enable them to sail as Master of the ‘MV Swift’, after lake trials for the 300 seat new build started last week.

Completing the first group of boatmasters to undergo training are Operations Managers Nick Thompson and Tony Stockton, with a further 60 years of experience between them.

In common with Windermere Lake Cruises’ existing ‘steamers’ MV Swan and MV Teal, the new vessel boasts three decks, but is slightly shorter in length to enable access to smaller jetties on Windermere to help support other businesses in the area.