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Sail Training takes over Ipswich

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."