Published on Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:19
ASTO is delighted to announce the 5th annual UK Sail Training conference, in association with Southampton Solent University and sponsored by Topsail Insurance.
The conference is held in January each year and aims to bring together sea staff, office staff, trustees and volunteers of the UK's more than 30 Sail Training charities. The day is a rare opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss good practice and meet old friends, and is a welcome addition to the busy winter refit season. The event is made possible through generous support of Southampton Solent University.
Topsail Insurance have sponsored the conference since 2012. Their Managing Director Robert Stevens says: 'We are once again very pleased to be supporting the ASTO Conference and will be in attendance to discuss any insurance requirements members may have. We would also like to invite ASTO members to join us after the event for a finger buffet at the Frog and Parrott opposite the conference centre.'
Conference topics will include regulation, new ideas of promoting Sail Training, and sharing good practice.
Conference booking is now open. For more details go to 'Events – Sail Training Conferences' on the UK Sail Training website.
Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:01
The Wales-based Sail Training charity and ASTO member, Challenge Wales, was announced the winner of the ITV People's Millions Award yesterday by ITV Weather and News Presenter James Wright who surprised the charity with a £50,000 cheque.
Challenge Wales made a bid for viewers support to win the £50,000, with the public voting by phone on Monday 25 November to decide who wins the prize. With the winner being announced the following day on the 6.00pm ITV Wales evening News. With the funding, Challenge Wales will be embarking on its Turning the Tide sailing project in 2014 and providing sensory experiences and day & residential sailing opportunities for visually impaired and blind young people from Wales.
Vicky Williams, Trustee and Volunteer said: "For a small volunteer run charity we are really excited that we have won the £50,000. Lots of Challenge Wales volunteers and supporters helped us to get the message out there about our funding bid and we are so pleased that people picked up the phone on the night and voted for our Turning the Tide project. This funding will make a significant difference to visually impaired and blind young people throughout Wales who will now be able to experience sailing, helping them to develop confidence and independence while having fun."
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund said: "This is a brilliant result for the people of Wales and shows that groups can achieve when they have the support of their community behind them."
Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV plc said: "This is a great opportunity for ITV viewers to have their say in how thousands of pounds of Lottery money, set aside for good causes, can benefit their area."
Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:35
By Chris Young, Telegraph & Argus
A scheme that has helped 600 Bradford children experience a life on the high seas – despite living 70 miles from the coast – was celebrated at a reception in Bradford City Hall.
And the programme has so much impressed the Lord Mayor of Bradford that he said he will push for it to continue despite the Council facing huge budget cuts.
Pupils at 22 primary and seven secondary schools across the district have taken part in a Maybe Sailing experience, which for many involved seeing the sea for the first time.
Run as a partnership between Bradford Council and the Maybe Sailing trust, 2013 has been the most successful yet for the programme.
Read more: Bradford's Lord Mayor hails Maybe Sailing scheme a great success
Published on Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:28
The Challenge Wales youth sailing charity is one of only six groups in Wales that have been shortlisted to battle for the public vote and £50,000 of lottery cash in ITV's The People's Millions TV Competition.
Challenge Wales will make a bid for viewers support to win the £50,000, with the public voting by phone to decide who wins the prize. On Monday 25 November 2013 Challenge Wales will highlight on ITV Wales its 'Turning the Tide' project which focuses on using sailing as an activity to develop self-confidence for visually impaired and blind young people.
Read more: Challenge Wales up for the People's Millions Lottery TV Vote
Published on Monday, 07 October 2013 09:44
Unique British tall ship, Lord Nelson, owned by Southampton-based charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, represented the nation's tall ship fleet at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour yesterday.
The invitation to take part in this weekend's centenary celebrations for the Royal Australian Navy, attended by HRH Prince Harry, was the catalyst for the ship's current 50,000-mile, two-year global voyage.
Lord Nelson is one of only two ships in the world that are built to be fully accessible and is sailed by physically disabled and able bodied crew members as equals. The 55-metre square rigger is undertaking the first ever circumnavigation by such a vessel, the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, which aims to promote inclusion and equality in each of the 30 ports of call.
Read more: Lord Nelson represents UK at International Fleet Review in Sydney