Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:16
10th Cowes Small Ships Race - 5th October
Even though there was hardly any wind and very strong tides, the crew and trainees on the 25 Sail Training vessels taking part seemed to have a great time on the water. Only one boat actually crossed the finish line! All others declared their position at a specified time, and the race committee calculated how they would have done had they completed the course.
A huge thank you to all the competing Skippers who kept their crews in good spirits throughout the race. The fact that all the trainees could take part, despite one boat dropping out, is credit to the friendly and inclusive attitude of the UK Sail Training fleet.
Thank you to all the boats that took on crew members to make this happen. Read the race report.
The full list of results is here.
The next Cowes Small Ships Race will be on the 4th October 2014!
The first Cowes Small Ships Race happened in 2004 and it has become a very popular event in the Sail Training calendar since. Entries usually number around 30 vessels for the event which now takes place on the first Saturday of October every year. Sail Training vessels aren't the only ones taking part: teams have been entered from the MCA, the Army, and from the 'Captain's Daughters', an informal group that usually volunteer as watchleaders with various Sail Training organisations. The only rule to take part is that half of the crew need to be under 25.
Published on Friday, 11 November 2011 12:12
Hammond Innes Centenary Race - 25 August to 30 August 2013
Final Race Results and Prize Giving
The prizes and trophies of the Hammond Innes Race were awarded by the famous actress Celia Imrie, who was a good friend of Hammond Innes. She took the time to look around each vessel and meet the crews, and was very impressed with the challenge the young people had undertaken. At the prize giving at the Island Sailing Club she delighted the crews with stories of movie sets she'd been on and seemed to really enjoy meeting them.
After taking into account the Time Correction Factor that allows these very different vessels to compete, the final results, with the winner listed first, were:
Leila and Pegasus decided to retire during the racing but were still awarded a certificate for each crew member, and a set of Hammond Innes novels for the boat library.
The two most coveted trophies went to Jolie Brise and Moosk: Jolie Brise received the Aurora Trophy for winning the race, and Moosk the Richard Langhorn Trophy for the 'Spirit of the Race' which was voted for by all the other crews.
Celia Imrie Jolie Brise with the Aurora Trophy Moosk with the Richard Langhorn Trophy
Full list of results and prizes.
Don't forget that opportunities to sail on these boats exist all year round. Details on this website under 'Sail to Adventure' and 'Find Member Organisations'
Latest update 1900 Thursday 29th August
All vessels have finished racing now. They have now got time to do some sailing (!), exploring, going to the beach, before the prize giving at 1930 Friday evening. Full results will be posted here over the weekend.
Latest update 0930 Thursday 29th August
Most of the vessels have finished now and are in various ports in the Solent, or at anchor. Moosk are still racing, making the best of difficult conditions with very light winds.
Final race positions will only be known once all have finished and have handed in their race declaration forms to race control.
Latest Update 2030 Wednesday 28th August
2 of the vessels in the Hammond Innes Race have finished! Jolie Brise and Challenge Wales crossed the finish line by the Palmerston Forts in the Solent in the late afternoon. Conditions were very challenging today with a hardly any wind, which meant the boats were doing less than 1 knot or were even stopped. The wind has now filled in a little from the southwest and the vessels still racing are making 3 to 4 knots.
Pegasus retired from racing this afternoon and are making their way to Cowes under engine.
Positions for the vessels not tracking at 2000 were:
Leila 50º38 N 00º30 W (about 3 miles behind Morning Star)
Thermopylae Clipper 50º43 N 00º56 W (about 8 miles ahead of Duet, with 8 miles to go)
Most of the boats are expected to finish during the night or early morning.
Latest Update 0900 Wednesday 28th August
The front runners in the Race Fleet have crossed over into the Western Hemisphere. Jolie Brise and Challenge Wales have passed the Meridian and are near Brighton. Positions are on the Race Tracker at the bottom of the page. Positions of vessels not tracking are at 0800:
Leila 50º44 N 0º22 E (approx 2 miles North of Morning Star)
Pegasus 50º42 N 0º20 E *(just ahead/west of Morning Star)
Thermoplyae Clipper 50º43 N 0º13 E (2 miles West of Duet)
Winds this morning are light North-Westerlies but forecast to drop and come round to South Westerlies during the day, which should mean the fleet will need to tack and slow their progress.
Many thanks to Morning Star who are acting as the communication vessel and have phoned these positions through to Race Control.
Latest Update 2100, Tuesday 27th August
For the latest up to date positions, see the race tracker at the bottom of this page. Remember that the position of the vessels does not necessarily indicate who is in the lead, as they are racing to a handicap system to enable vessels of different sizes and types to race on an even footing. Final winners will be announced on Friday in Cowes.
See the Race Tracker for the most up to date positions. Pegasus, Leila and Thermopylae Clipper do not have trackers. Latest positions for these vessels at 2000 BST on Tuesday 27th were:
Leila 51º13 N 01º38 E (about 1 mile East of Morning Star)
Moosk 51º16 N 01º44 E (about 6 miles ENE of Morning Star)
Pegasus 51º13 N 01º36 E (very close to Morning Star)
Thermopylae Clipper 51º11 N 01º34 E (about 6 miles ENE of Jolie Brise)
The wind has eased off to about a Force 2 and there are clear skies. The forecast is for light northerlies that will then turn into southwesterlies in the next 24 hours, which will give the fleet headwinds. Next update tomorrow morning.
Update 0930 Tuesday 27th August
The vessels are now awaiting the start of the race off Harwich. The start is some way out to sea. James Stevens ASTO Chairman was interviewed yesterday on Radio Suffolk, listen to his interview and find out more details about ASTO and the Hammond Innes Centenary Race on
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dg7jt (about 0915 into the recording)
Good luck to all those taking part!!
Don't forget to watch those vessels who have AIS on the tracker map at the bottom of the page
Update 2100 Monday 26th August
The Race Fleet of 8 Sail Training boats have left Ipswich in a Parade of Sail this afternoon. They are now berthed down river near Harwich, and will start the race to Cowes at 1030 Tuesday morning. Further information will be posted here regularly.
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To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of author and ASTO benefactor Hammond Innes (born 15 July 1913), ASTO is organising a special Small Ships Race in 2013. This event will run from Ipswich to Cowes, and will be a part of the Ipswich Maritime Festival. Ralph Hammond Innes lived out the final years of his life in Kersey, only 10 miles from Ipswich.
Vessels entered for the Hammond Innes Centenary Race are Jolie Brise, Duet, Leila, Morning Star of Revelation, Moosk, Thermopylae Clipper, Challenge Wales, and Pegasus.
Published on Monday, 31 January 2011 12:56
The ASTO Small Ships Races are a youth event open to any Sail Training vessels of which at least half the crew is under 25. Small Ships races are run under the rules of Tall Ships Races but with, as the name suggests, some smaller vessels involved. The inaugural ASTO Small Ships Race from Weymouth to St. Malo in 2002 was deemed to be a tremendous success by all involved. Since then, host ports have included Ipswich, Delfzijl, Glasgow, Greenock, Belfast, Cowes, Torquay, St. Peter Port, London and Portland. Although these events are termed races, and there is certainly hot competition on the water, the main aim is to bring a range of Sail Training vessels together for their crews to compete, socialise and rise to the challenge.
ASTO now organises two types of race event: an annual 'round-the-cans' race, and about every 2 years a longer 'passage race' with at least two host ports and a longer stretch of offshore racing.
in 2014, ASTO are working together with RYA Scotland for a Commonwealth Small Ships Race in the Clyde. The event will coincide with the Homecoming Muster and precede the Commonwealth Flotilla that will journey to the center of Glasgow at the height of the Games.
The 'round-the-cans' Small Ships Race happens on the first weekend in October every year out of Cowes. (4th October 2014) This short event is extremely popular in the Sail Training world, with 29 boats and 355 people taking part last year.
Visit the links to the left for information about this year's events, how to take part and read archive race reports.