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  • 'Sailing helped me steer my life back on track'

    A YOUNG sailor has earned a national award after steering a whole new course away from a life blighted by drink, drugs and personal tragedy.

    Kieran Maxwell, 21, beat 8,000 young people to win the Torbay Cup for outstanding individual achievement and personal effort during this year's Tall Ships Races.

    The award marks a remarkable turnaround in Kieran's life.

    He moved to South Shields at the age of seven, after his father was jailed for the manslaughter of his mother.

    He lived with his grandparents in Harton and attended St Wilfrid's School, in Temple Park Road. He fell into a life of crime as a teenager, developed a drink and drugs habit – and eventually found himself homeless.

    But taking up sailing in January this year has helped him turn his life around.

  • Scotland's Young People Shine as Project Northern Lights returns

    Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) will today [Friday 28 October] welcome home ten young people as they complete the final leg of Project Northern Lights – a challenging eight-week adventure and personal training programme established to help disadvantaged young people to shine.

    Set up to help young people escape the relentless cycle of crime and punishment, Project Northern Lights is the latest example of businesses stepping up to support grassroots organisations in one of Scotland's most deprived communities in North Edinburgh.

  • Trinity Sailing receives lottery funding for restoration of 'Leader'

    The Trinity Sailing Foundation is celebrating an award of £170,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the restoration of the former Brixham sailing trawler, Leader.

    In a surprise announcement, the Foundation was presented with a cheque by Eastenders actor Larry Lamb, which was caught on camera as part of The National Lottery: Secret Fortune and was shown on Saturday night on BBC 1.

    Larry Lamb revealed the award to a delighted crowd on board Leader which included Trinity staff, Trustees and supporters as well as groups of young people from Tavistock and Plymouth who had been sailing on Leader earlier this year.

  • ASTO Small Ships Race - Results!

    The 8th ASTO Small Ships Race in Cowes was a great success, with 29 vessels taking part and perfect conditions. A more detailed report on the racing is now available. There is a full list of results, and a list of prizes and trophies awarded. Photos of the prize giving are courtesy of MAX, as are photos of the race.

    ASTO would like to thank everyone that took part, and everyone who helped to make this great event happen, not least the Cowes Organising Committee, the ASTO volunteers in the race office, the Scrutineers and the Committee/Press boat.