Published on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:18
Sail Trainers in the UK were recognised with several international awards at the Sail Training International conference that took place in Riga at the weekend. Grace Metcalfe, Skipper of the OYT North's 'James Cook' for several years, was honoured with the award for young Sail Trainer of the Year, awarded to a professional Sail Trainer to encourage and recognise high-performing individuals who deliver the Sail Training programme for young people at sea. Grace started out as a sail trainee herself and has worked her way up the ladder to give young people the same life-changing experience.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust and their ship Lord Nelson were awarded the Great Loyalty Trophy, awarded to the vessel which has shown great loyalty to the Tall Ships Races. Lord Nelson were recognised for their involvement both initially as a communications vessel, and then as a participant in the races for manyyears. Lord Nelson is currently on the first leg of a round-the-world voyage but her sistership Tenacious will be taking part in the 2013 Tall Ships Race in her stead.
Robbie Crow, UK representative on the STI Youth Council and watchleader with OYT Scotland, was voted in as vice chairman for the Youth Council and will be working with other international Sail Trainers on ways to get more young people involved.
Congratulations from all at ASTO for these well deserved awards. (Photo's courtesy of Sail Training International)
Published on Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:51
The Government's Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has praised the CatZero project which is helping local young people into work.
Recently reported in the Grimsby Telegraph, CatZero is a unique training scheme that includes sailing on a 72ft ocean racing yacht and recently saw 14 people aged between 16 and 24 successfully graduate with all members getting jobs or going on to further education. Read the full story
Published on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:51
The gaff ketch Tectona, operated by the Island Trust, has just completed a voyage around Britain crewed by recovering addicts from Phoenix Futures. Read the full story below: (from BBC News)
A traditional sailing ship crewed by recovering alcohol and drug addicts has arrived back in Portsmouth after a trip around the coast of Britain. During the 12-week "Voyage of Recovery" more than 100 addicts learnt to sail the 80ft gaff ketch Tectona. The 1,800-mile (2,897km) trip was organised by the Phoenix Futures and the Tectona Trust charities.
Bob Campbell, of Phoenix Futures, said it had been a "really transformational experience" for the recovering addicts.
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Published on Sunday, 07 October 2012 10:28
The 9th Cowes Small Ships Race was a success and enjoyed by the crews taking part. The race started at 0830 for the first group of boats. The whole fleet headed into the Eastern Solent to take advantage of the tides. While the wind dropped to virtually nothing during the morning, it started to fill in again later with a light north easterly breeze which allowed the vessels to finish the race at Peel Bank Buoy. Final Results available. These results are slightly different to those announced at the event prize giving due to an error made by the Race Committee. Apologies to Stonechat please find updated prize details.
Once again ASTO would like to thank our sponsors without whom this event would not have been possible. A more detailed Race Report will be published in the next couple of days.
Published on Friday, 07 September 2012 09:48
T.S. BOB ALLEN—the world's smallest tall ship—will be a featured vessel for the first three days of the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
UK charity the Little Brig Sailing Trust are pleased to announce that their 30 foot brig BOB ALLEN will be at the show for three days—Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September.
BOB ALLEN is one of two identical brigs specially designed and built to take young sailors aged ten years and older for their first trip on a tall ship. Both vessels are normally based in Cowes, are members of ASTO and have taken part in the Small Ships Race every year since 2007.
BOB is 30 foot long, has 100 ropes, 10 sails and takes five new sailors on short trips under the guidance of a Captain and a Deckhand.
BOB will be on berth M 540. Each day—weather permitting—she will be part of a sail past of featured vessels at 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm.
Little Brig Trustee Max Mudie said:
"We love showing off our brigs. The great thing about the Boat Show is we get to do a sail past every afternoon so people will actually get to see a tall ship under sail: that's why our little tall ships are so brilliant"