Published: Monday, 09 February 2015 11:47
Duncan Souster, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity which promotes the integration of people of all physical abilities through sailing adventures, said:
"We are hugely disappointed with this decision from the International Paralympic Committee. Sailing offers a life-changing outlet for people with a wide range of disabilities, inspiring them to lead more independent lives. Since Great Britain won the first Paralympic Sailing gold medal in 1996, the Games has been a standard bearer for the promotion of sailing among disabled people.
"Sailing is more than an Olympic sport, it demonstrates that disabled people can take on the kinds of challenges that would inspire anyone. To cull it from the Games is pouring a cold bucket of water on that inspiration.
"The decision undermines the hard work of many organisations and charities like the Jubilee Sailing Trust that work to provide life-enhancing adventures for disabled people through sailing. I am sure that the leaders of the International Sailing Federation will be doing everything they can to appeal this decision and we will do all we can to support them."
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Published: Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:10
120 people from 30 separate organisations attended the 6th UK Sail Training conference held on the 23rd January 2015 at Southampton Solent University. Topics of discussion included fundraising case studies, Sail Training programme development, young leader development, measuring Sail Training outcomes and new Sail Training vessels. Full details of the conference are under 'Events - Sail Training Conferences'. The next conference will be in January 2016.
Published: Friday, 21 November 2014 19:05
On Thursday, 20th November, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets' flagship TS Royalist was decommissioned after 43 years of providing adventurous Sail Training. Over her lifetime, Royalist took 30,000 young cadets to sea; many of them found it an adventure that has shaped their future and given them the confidence to lead enriched lives.
TS Royalist entered Portsmouth Harbour escorted by the other vessels in the Seacadet Offshore fleet: the two power vessels and two yachts. As she approached you could hear a piper playing on board. Royalist was dressed overall with signal flags and many flags from her participation in Tall Ships Races. From a distance you could hear the cheers of the cadets, many hoorays echoing from the ship to the shore.
The training of the Seacadets will be continued by a new and similar ship currently being built, also named TS Royalist.
Footage from the decommissiong ceremony can be seen on the BBC and ITV news reports. (Click to see the footage)
Published: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:26
Leila Sailing Trust have secured £278,000 of Big Lottery funding for a four year Sail Training project in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The New Horizons project is targeted at local disadvantaged communities which have double the national rates of unemployment and benefit claimancy.
The trainees will be able to progress from an initial five day voyage to training to RYA Powerboat level 2, and then navigation training and watch leader - possibly leading to apprenticeships in the expanding offshore wind farm industry.
"Rather than saying goodbye after five days, we want to engage local young people to take ownership of this project," said David Beavan, skipper," We have already identified an 18 year old to train as a mate, and hopefully take over my job by the end of four years."
If successful, this project could be replicated to other ASTO members who work with disadvantaged communities. www.leila2c.org
Published: Friday, 07 November 2014 10:37
'How Tall Ships inspired Kevin to embark on voyage of a lifetime'
The annual race, which will attract 500,000 people to Belfast next year, gave Kevin McVeagh the courage to explore the world. Stephanie Bell reports.
The streets of Chicago are a world away from the tensions at the flashpoint Ardoyne interface - and one young north Belfast man who has made his home in the Windy City agrees that life couldn't be more different.
Kevin McVeagh had wanted to escape the sectarian tensions in the community where he grew up from a very young age and now, at the age of 25, he has been living the dream for the past four years, working in his ideal job as a soccer coach in a country which couldn't be more different from his own. He credits his new life to the experience and tools he gained while part of a young volunteer crew in the Tall Ship Race when he was in his mid-teens.
Young people are again applying in their hundreds for the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the 2015 race which will leave from Belfast.
Read more: The Sail Training experience changed this young man's life