Published: Saturday, 03 October 2015 12:37
The 12th Cowes Small Ships Race was off to a great start this morning, 3rd October. The vessels all crewed by young people paraded past the Royal Yacht Squadron on the way to the start. They are now en route towards the eastern Solent with the first vessels expected back through the Royal London Yacht Club finish line at around 1400. The Sea Cadets on board TS John Jerwood are acting as the media vessel and have been given command of the ASTO Facebook page today, they will regularly update the fleet progress on www.facebook.com/uksailtraining
Published: Friday, 18 September 2015 11:12
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is very pleased to announce that they have recently received the rare honour of being accredited by the United Nations. There are only 254 accredited charities and NGOs around the world, so they are joining a very select few. The decision was made by Member States who recognised their efforts towards disability and inclusion, and their support for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The story continues on the JST website:
'This accreditation means that we can now host sessions in the UN, participate in panel discussions and spread our message of inclusion to governments around the world. More importantly, it brings credibility to our work and provides an essential platform for building understanding with foreign governments. Being in constant contact with these foreign governments can aid us in increasing our international visibility, and in expanding our voyage destinations worldwide.
Creating partnerships with other NGO’s such as Human Rights Watch, International Inclusion and the International Paralympic Committee will fortify our mission and enable us to reach a global audience. This is turn will allow more people to access a life changing experience on-board one of our voyages.
Our CEO Duncan Souster said:
“We are truly honoured to have been accredited by the United Nations and for the Trust’s mission to be recognised on a global stage and are very excited to start working with the governments and organisations involved. This cements our goal of making progress to a society that is truly inclusive through epic adventurous voyages. We hope to build on this accreditation by visiting more countries thanks to the relationships we’re building at the UN and further expanding the reach and impact of our mission.”'
Published: Thursday, 06 August 2015 17:56
ASTO, in partnership with Sail Training International, is delighted to announce the commissioning of a new piece of research into the effectiveness of Sail Training. Giving Evidence, in partnership with the EPPI centre at University College London, will deliver the project in several stages. The project outline was produced after consultation with ASTO members and will initially focus on evaluating existing research into outcomes.
ASTO and STI are very excited about the project. You can read more about it on this blog, written by Caroline Fiennes, a Director of Giving Evidence which encourages and enables charitable giving based on sound evidence.
Please contact ASTO or Giving Evidence if you know of existing research into Sail Training or would like to contribute to the project.
Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:03
Ocean Youth Trust South (www.oytsouth.org) is delighted to announce that the charity has just agreed the purchase of Prolific – a stunning vessel with real beauty and genuine character.
Prolific was built in 2005, as a tribute to the herring-fishing vessels in operation along the Norwegian coast during the 19th century. The ship is a hybrid of historic design and modern-day construction. Most recently she has been used for Sail Training with young people in Norway.
Richard Griffiths, Chairman of OYT South, says: “We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique boat to the UK, where she can play a major part for many years to come in helping young people to develop the skills to succeed in life.”
Mark Todd, OYT South’s Chief Executive, says: “The purchase of Prolific allows us to plan the charity’s future well beyond what would have been the life expectancy of our current vessel John Laing. It means we can move forward with all our attention focused on what really matters: running great voyages, attracting clients, continually improving how we work and what we offer, raising funds to allow more disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals to sail with us, and above all, making a real and lasting difference to young people. That’s why OYT South exists and Prolific will help us to do that for many years to come. Our immediate priorities now are a major appeal to raise funds for a refit and modifications to Prolific over the coming winter, and to make sure that as many young people as possible from a wide range of backgrounds have the chance to book a voyage for 2016.”
The charity would like to extend deepest gratitude to all the sponsors and donors who have made the purchase of Prolific possible.
Ocean Youth Trust South will be seeking a buyer for their current vessel, John Laing, after the 2015 sailing season ends in November.
Read more: Ocean Youth Trust South buys Sail Training vessel Prolific
Published: Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:14
On Wednesday 15th July, ASTO held a reception at Trinity House for the Captain and Crew of the Australian Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour. Young Endeavour was a gift from the British people to Australia on their bicentenary in 1988 and was designed and built in the UK. Guests included the Captain and Crew, representatives from the Australian Navy who operate the vessel, the sponsors of the reception Global Services and supporters of Sail Training. The guest of honour was Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, who had named the ship on her launch in 1987.
The pictures show Her Royal Highness meeting some of the Australian youth crew, and Emma Harley, who has sailed on Young Endeavour as part of the ASTO International Exchange, speaking about her experience of Sail Training.
ASTO would like to thank Her Royal Highness, the Australian Navy, Trinity House, the sponsors Global Services Superyacht Supply, and the many supporters of Sail Training for a wonderful evening. More pictures can be found on www.facebook.com/uksailtraining