Published on Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:47
Sailing Charity's Five Ferries Challenge
On what must have seemed like the hottest day on record, Saturday 31st May, 26 cyclists took part in a Five Ferries Challenge to raise funds for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland.
The five ferries in question are those linking the mainland to Arran, Kintyre, Cowal and Bute and the challenge is to link them all up in one day by completing the 52 land miles in between by bike.
OYT Scotland's four sail training vessels are well-kent in these local waters and sailed regularly by some 150 staff and volunteers to provide adventure under sail for hundreds of young people, some of whom jumped up in the saddle for Saturday's fundraiser.
The event began with the 9.45am crossing from Ardrossan to Arran. With the gang plank down, they were straight off to tackle the first 14 miles cycling to Lochranza.
Read more: OYT Scotland - Five Ferries Challenge
Published on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:16
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year's MDL Sail Training Awards are now back on dry land, after setting sail from MDL's Ocean Village Marina on 16th April for six days at sea.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Read more: Deserving young people experience trip of a lifetime
Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:47
Scotland's Minister for Children and Young People boarded The Prince's Trust's unique schooner, Spirit, and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland's volunteer training yacht, Alba Volunteer, to find out how the two charities are using Sail Training to change young lives.
Aileen Campbell MSP joined young people who have completed voyages on Spirit, through sail training programmes run by The Prince's Trust and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, as well as young people supported by other Prince's Trust programmes, to hear their experiences of overcoming challenges and moving into jobs and education.
Her visit came as Spirit embarks on a busy sailing season, when the schooner will make around 30 voyages this year, giving more than 250 young people a unique experience and the chance to learn new skills and grow in confidence.
Read more: Children and Young People's Minister gets on board with the Prince's Trust Scotland and Ocean...
Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:38
North Sea cities are invited to submit bids to host the 2018 edition of the largest annual free family festival in Europe: The Tall Ships Races.
Sail Training International, organisers of the annual international Tall Ships Races and Regattas, are continually putting together new events, contracting host cities, planning routes and securing sponsors.
Races are planned four years in advance and the location of the European Tall Ships Races, which are held each summer, rotates on a four-year programme - Baltic, North Sea, North West European waters and Biscay/Iberian Peninsula.
Cities on the North Sea and adjacent waters around Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are now invited to submit expressions of interest for The Tall Ships Races 2018.
Read more: Northern cities sought for Tall Ships Race 2018
Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 11:19
ASTO, OYT Scotland and RYA Scotland are working together to organise the Commonwealth Small Ships Race in the Clyde in July. The event is part of a number of feeder events culminating in the Commonwealth Flotilla which aims to be the largest assembly of boats the Clyde has ever seen.
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The Commonwealth Small Ships Race is open to Sail Training vessels under 24 metres and other sailing vessels provided half of the crew are under 25. Entry closes on 1st April 2014 and entry forms are available here. Details of the following Commonwealth Flotilla organised by RYA Scotland and entry forms available here.