Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:28
James Cook, the bright yellow yacht of Tyneside based Sail Training and youth development charity Ocean Youth Trust North, is to take part in an amazing musical event transforming the North Sea into a concert hall.
James Cook will be anchored off the North East coastline this Saturday for Foghorn Requiem, an ambitious musical performance by British composer Orlando Gough. The spectacle features more than 50 ships and the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn and is part of the Festival of the North East.
James Cook, a 70-foot long ketch, has been chosen as one of the armada of vessels which will sound their horns at sea, alongside three North East brass bands, to create a musical score heard for miles along the South Tyneside coastline. The unusual performance marks the disappearance of the sound of foghorns from Britain's coastlines. Foghorns are being gradually decommissioned and replaced with new satellite navigation technology.
Read more: James Cook to star in world's first Foghorn Requiem
Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 16:37
Several Hammond Innes novels are now republished by Vintage - royalties go direct to ASTO to support UK Sail Training. Copies available now in every good book shop, or buy yours through Amazon via our website. Re-published books are The Wreck of the Mary Deare, The Lonely Skier, Campbell's Kingdom and Wreckers must Breathe. Also available his original classics and a selection of books as e-books.
Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:40
The Tall Ships Regatta 2014 (Thursday 28 August – Tuesday 9 September), from Falmouth to Greenwich, is officially open for entries and captains and crews are promised a special event, combining exciting racing and a relaxing cruise-in-company.
Falmouth Thursday 28 August - Sunday 31 August
Race Sunday 31 August - Wednesday 03 September
Cruise in company
Wednesday 3 September - Saturday 6 September
Greenwich Sat 6 September - Tuesday 9 September
The race starts from the Tall Ship friendly port of Falmouth reputed to be the third largest natural harbour in the world and an excellent venue for visiting Tall Ships from around the world.
Since the ships first visit in 1966, Falmouth hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008 and The Tall Ships Race event in 1982. The economic impact of the event left a lasting impression on the area, attracting 100,000 visitors and generating over £12 million for the local economy.
The finish port, Royal Greenwich, will be hosting the first major Tall Ships event since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989.
Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International said, "This Regatta will see an interesting fleet of up to 50 sail training vessels and Tall Ships from around the world competing in competitive racing over three days. It will follow the main Tall Ships Races in 2014 – which visits Harlingen, Netherlands; Fredrikstad, Norway; Bergen, Norway and Esbjerg, Denmark." More details available on the Sail Training International website
Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:38
After winning 71% of the public vote Sea-Hear-Discover, Discovery Sailing Project's new initiative was presented with the 2013 Haven Academy Award by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Sea-Hear-Discover helps to provide opportunities for people with hearing impairments to experience the thrill and challenge of offshore sailing. The initiative will work collaboratively with schools, adult and youth organisations and charities offering voyages for people aged 12 years and over. Voyages range from relaxed evening sails around the Solent, to week long action packed races as part of the annual International Tall Ships' Race which takes place much further afield in European waters.
Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:31
Unwavering dedication of volunteers' vessel
The volunteers of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland have a new boat thanks to patrons Barbara and Curly Mills.
Talking of the new vessel at its naming ceremony today, Nick Fleming and Dominic McKay agreed that Alba Volunteer was a fitting name, highlighting the unwavering dedication of the Trust's Patrons and its volunteers to inspiring young people through adventure under sail.
Read more: New Boat for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland