Published on Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:14
The famous actress Celia Imrie awarded the prizes at yesterday's event to end the Hammond Innes Centenary Race. The actress, who has appeared in classics like Nanny McPhee and St Trinians, was a good friend of Ralph Hammond Innes and appears in one of his books. On Friday afternoon, she came to visit the race fleet, meet the young crews and take a look around the boats. She was impressed by the challenges the trainees had faced and said several times that Hammond Innes would have been thrilled to see this Sail Training event in his name.
Each boat was given four of the newly republished Hammond Innes novels for their ships library. Then the class winners and overall winners were announced. A full list of the results and prize winners is available.
The overall race winner, after applying the Time Correction Factor, was Jolie Brise sailed by pupils from Dauntsey's School. They were awarded the prestigious Aurora Trophy. The Richard Langhorn Trophy, which is voted for by all the crews and goes to the vessel that most represents the Spirit of the Race, went to Moosk. Even though they were a long way behind and there was hardly any wind, the crew refused to give up and kept sailing until they crossed the line. A special mention went to Pegasus for sailing with a visually impaired crew.
ASTO judged the event a huge success and would like to thank all the skippers and crews, and in particular Celia Imrie for making the prize giving really special. Pictures of the prize giving will be available in the next few days.
Published on Saturday, 24 August 2013 07:04
Part of the UK Sail Training fleet are in Ipswich for the August bank holiday weekend. Read this excerpt from the East Anglian Daily Times:
'Meanwhile, famous tall ships, some of which are up to 100-years-old, will be among the vessels stopping off in town as part of Maritime Ipswich.
The festival takes over the quayside, docks, marina port and Waterfront from August 23-26.
Visitors include the fleet of ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) tall ships. Crewed by young people, some of whom have never been to sea before, the large sailing yachts are taking part in a race to Cowes.
They will be moored close to the university building along the Waterfront over the weekend. There will even be the chance to go on board at certain times.
At 3pm on Monday, August 26, the yachts will head down the Orwell in a parade of sails towards Felixstowe before the race starts the following morning.
The race is being organised by ASTO, a charity devoted to providing adventure and challenge to young people through voyages under sail at sea.
It was the main beneficiary of the will of author Ralph Hammond Innes, who died in 1998 and lived near Ipswich. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and the event has been named The Hammond Innes Race.
"ASTO is delighted Ipswich is hosting the Hammond Innes Sail Training Race," says the charity's James Stevens. "This historic port will provide an ideal backdrop to the iconic sailing vessels in the ASTO fleet and a great experience for those on board. It is also fitting that the race should start so close to the home of our benefactor."
Published on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:42
Several vessels in the UK Sail Training fleet are taking part in this year's Fastnet Race that started yesterday, 11th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes. 5 ex-Global Challenge yachts, including 4 operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, and 'One Hull' by Cat Zero, are taking part and are raising funds for their Sail Training charities. What are believed to be the two oldest vessels in the race, Duet and Jolie Brise, are also taking part: Duet, 100 last year, is sailed by a team raising funds for the Cirdan Sailing Trust, and Jolie Brise is being sailed by a mixed crew of Dauntsey's School students and trainees from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Jolie Brise has famously won the first ever Fastnet Race in 1925 and is taking part this year to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Read this exciting account of Duet's Fastnet Race, crewed by adults to raise funds for the Cirdan Trust: Duet Fastnet 2013
Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:38
A £4.8 million contract has been awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan S.A and designers Acubens to build the Sea Cadets' new 21st Century Flagship which will take thousands of young people on their first offshore voyage.
The new ship will replace the current ship, TS Royalist, now over 40 years old and increasingly expensive to maintain. A Sail Training voyage on the Flagship is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadet experience and one which the charity wants to ensure future generations of Sea Cadets can benefit from. TS Royalist launched in 1971 and has taken over 30,000 cadets to sea in her lifetime.
The Marine Society and Sea Cadets, the parent charity of the Seacadets, say the innovative design of the new ship offers greater use of space, with better all-round performance. The new ship will also be more economical to run. This makes it ideal for offering young people offshore sailing, helping them to learn seamanship and sailing skills. The new ship will be ready for the 2015 sailing season and is expected to be in service for 40 years.
Read more: New Flagship for the Seacadets
Published on Friday, 26 July 2013 14:53
30 people were rescued from the dutch brig 'Astrid' after she ran aground off the south coast of Ireland on Wednesday 24th July. The RNLI and the Irish Coastguard mounted a major rescue to ensure all 23 trainees and 7 sea staff were evacuated safely. It appears the brig suffered engine trouble and was unable to stop herself drifting ashore in the strong onshore winds. A spokesman for Irish Sail Training said 'The captain reacted extremely swiftly in sending out his Mayday signal. This resulted in the Coastguard arriving on the scene within 10 minutes.'
The Irish Coastguard and the RNLI have been praised for their efforts in ensuring the safety of all on board.
Many will fondly remember 'Astrid' for being based in Weymouth and involved in Sail Training for many years. She has now been under dutch ownership for about 7 years. It is as yet unclear whether the vessel can be salvaged.