Published: Monday, 08 February 2016 10:59
John Laing, the sailing vessel operated by Hampshire-based charity Ocean Youth Trust South has been announced as the Sail Training Vessel of the Year by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO).
John Laing is used to offer personal development through adventure under sail to young people aged 12-25, building confidence, team working and the ability to take responsibility and cope with unfamiliar experiences.
The trophy was presented by Sir Alan Massey KCB, the Chief Executive of the MCA, who said: "John Laing receives the award today in recognition of 25 years of outstanding service to sail training, reflecting also the great care that Ocean Youth Trust South has taken over the years in ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality in what they do for sail training."
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of OYT South, said: "We are enormously proud to have received this award and it is a huge tribute to the work of all our volunteers, sponsors, donors and staff. Our sail training vessel John Laing has spent 25 years offering voyages to thousands of young people from all backgrounds - some of them very disadvantaged or vulnerable. The boat completed a voyage around the world in 1995-7 with young people as crew, and has since spent numerous seasons based in the Solent. It's wonderful that John Laing has achieved such recognition as she nears the end of her time with the charity and we move on to our new boat Prolific
The future for OYT South is very exciting and we look forward to offering safe, high-quality and fun voyages to thousands more young people in the years to come."
Published: Friday, 29 January 2016 13:25
ASTO, in partnership with Sail Training International, is delighted to announce the commissioning of a new piece of research into the effectiveness of Sail Training. Giving Evidence, in partnership with the EPPI centre at University College London, will deliver the project in several stages. The project outline was produced after consultation with ASTO members and will initially focus on evaluating existing research into outcomes.
ASTO and STI are very excited about the project. You can read more about it on this blog, written by Caroline Fiennes, a Director of Giving Evidence which encourages and enables charitable giving based on sound evidence.
The protocol for the systematic review is published and available here. The aim is to identify short term outcomes associated with long term benefits of adventure programmes. A public protocol ensures that anybody can replicate or check the work and ensures an unbiased more rigorous review.
Results of the systematic review will be published here when available.
Published: Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:21
ASTO is delighted to announce that Portmore Insurance Brokers will sponsor the UK Sail Training conference on 22nd January 2016. This sponsorship will enable us to keep the conference affordable for ASTO members as well as subsidising travel for those Sail Trainers living further away. The UK Sail Training conference is the best opportunity each year for Sail Training operators to share good practice, network and exchange ideas.
Paul Chapman, Director at Portmore Insurance, says: 'We are delighted to have Portmore Yacht as sponsors for ASTO; we are looking forward to building a long term relationships with both the Association and hopefully it’s members.
Here at Portmore, we are a long established independent commercial insurance brokerage. Over the years we have mainly focussed upon general commercial insurance, however in the last 3-4 years and with the addition of specialist staff we have become well known in the Marine industry and are highly regarded as one of the UK’s most established Marine Brokers. All our staff in the Marine division are both boat owners and keen sailors who all have a personal interest of the industry.
Based in Southampton; we have some 30 staff. Our philosophy is different to that of most brokers in that we pride ourselves on delivering a personal service together with a tailored package. Our relationship with key Insurers also lends itself to enabling us to negotiate better premiums than other brokers.'
Dominic Taylor, Marine Manager from Portmore Yacht will be available all day at the conference to give members advice and discuss their insurance needs.
Published: Friday, 23 October 2015 11:43
Dorset charity Adventure Under Sail which operates tall ship training vessel Pelican is delighted to announce that one of her captains has been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for services to youth.
Captain Paul Compton of Weymouth says: "I'm absolutely delighted and surprised. This is a very humbling experience and the medal really is for all the young people I have taught over the decades I have spent sail training. It's been very rewarding and I've had a fantastic career." He started working with young people in a Sail Training capacity on the schooner Rona in 1965 as part of the London Sailing Project. Since then he has served on several vessels including the Sea Cadet's TS Royalist, the brig Astrid and the Jubilee Sailing Trust's Tenacious.
Captain Compton is now one of the masters of Class A tall ship Pelican based in Weymouth. Sail Training helps people develop personal and professional skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork. ASTO would like to congratulate Captain Compton and thank him on behalf of all the young people he has taken to sea.
He will be presented with his medal at a formal presentation on 23rd November.
Published: Monday, 12 October 2015 09:35
"Last week saw two Cashback New Horizons voyages head out into a foggy Clyde. The groups from Drumchapel and Falkirk sailed nearly 200 miles between them with Drumchapel, on Alba Explorer, stopping off at Holy Loch, Lamlash and Portavadie before returning to Greenock and Falkirk, on Alba Venturer, visiting East Loch Tarbert and Holy Loch before their return to dock.
On their return to Greenock the group from Falkirk were joined onboard by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson who also happens to be their local MSP. The group gave the minister a tour of the boat, giving him some tips on making tea while tipped over when sailing to windward, chatting through the logbooks they completed while on their voyage, and sharing some of the goals they have set themselves post voyage.
Stuart McMillan MSP and Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP with the group from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Young Carers.
Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson said: “Investing in our young people is always money well spent and I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme is providing this valuable funding for worthy projects across Scotland.
Read more: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson gets onboard with OYT Scotland and Cashback for Communities