Published: Monday, 18 August 2014 15:58
Retired engineer John Williams challenges North East public to predict how long he'll take to sail around Great Britain and Ireland for charity fundraiser
(North Shields, August 15 – 2014) Retired engineer John Williams has challenged the North East public to guess how long he'll take to complete one of the world's most gruelling sailing races, to raise funds for a local youth charity.
John, from Cullercoats in North Shields, volunteers with Ocean Youth Trust North, a Sail Training and youth development charity, and is part of a crew taking on a 2000+ mile sailing race around Great Britain and Ireland.
John and nine crew mates set off from Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday and will race a 54 foot yacht around the coastline of Great Britain and Ireland, with the aim of completing the race within two weeks.
The Round Britain and Ireland Race takes place every four years and is widely regarded in British sailing as the ultimate test of endurance and skill for yachtsmen and women.
John, said: 'I have sailed all over the world, from Greenland to Cape Horn but I regard this challenge as one of the toughest tests I'll ever face.
The Round Britain and Ireland is nearly as long as an Atlantic crossing and the changes of direction at headlands, the variety of weather conditions and complex tidal streams will mean we will have to be on full alert the entire time we are racing and keep an intensive watch schedule.
My grandchildren may think I'm nuts but the team has been training for this event since Spring and has completed over 500 miles of shorter races to qualify us to take part."
John is asking the North East public to help him raise funds to support the life changing work Ocean Youth Trust North does with young people.
Read more: North East Retiree’s gruelling ocean time challenge
Published: Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:52
Young people from Sail Training organisations around the UK have travelled to Scotland this week to take part in the Small Ships Race organised by ASTO and RYA Scotland. Three of the vessels are later participating in a major Tall Ships Regatta at the end of August.
A total of nine vessels started the race on Tuesday with around 120 young people aged between 12 and 25 on board from a wide range of backgrounds.
Challenge Wales, Maybe and Swan will all be honing their racing skills this week ahead of taking part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta from 28 August, organised by Sail Training International. Each has space for 12 young people on board and have travelled from Cardiff (Challenge Wales), Shetland (Swan) and the east coast of Yorkshire (Maybe) to take part.
They are each very different vessels with their own interesting history but now with Sail Training in common.
Read more: Small Ships Race is a good warm up for taking on the Tall Ships later this Summer
Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:13
9 Sail Training vessel will take part in a Small Ships Race in the Clyde next week, to celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games. 150 young people will take part in the event followed by a cruise in company with up to 200 other vessels that are gathering in Greenock to take part in the Commonwealth Flotilla into the heart of Glasgow.
Young people from the Air Cadets, Sea Cadets, youth groups and school groups are taking part in the race in one of the most spectacular sailing areas in the UK. To follow the race and find out more, take a look at Flotilla 2014 or click on the Clyde 2014 link to the right.
Published: Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:57
Young people set to embark on adventure by sea thanks to latest funding phase
The Scottish Government today announced that £375,000 of CashBack for Communities funding is being awarded to Ocean Youth Trust Scotland to create life changing opportunities for young people across the country.
The money is the latest award from the third phase of CashBack funding, which has so far seen over £74m invested and committed to projects and initiatives across Scotland since its inception in 2007.
National sail training charity, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, will use the grant to fund New Horizons, a three year national project to provide sail training opportunities for 576 young people in Scotland.
Read more: Ocean Youth Trust Scotland buoyed by £375K Cashback for Communities funding
Published: Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:47
A new book celebrating and promoting tall ships and Sail Training - "Tall Ships Today" is now published and available to buy and preview through the STI website via a special Tall Ships Today page. A third of the cover price from all purchases of the book ordered through the STI site will be used to help disadvantaged and/or disabled young people benefit from a Sail Training voyage.
We hope you will support Sail Training and buy a copy of this great book.