January 24th saw Sail Training operators, staff and volunteers gather in Southampton for the 5th UK Sail Training Conference. The conference is becoming more popular each year and included high level representatives from the MCA, the RYA and Sail Training International.
The organisers aim to present a mix of interesting topics, including regulation, ideas for on board programmes, measuring impact and vessel operation. The full programme and summaries of the sessions are available here.
The day began with the presentation of MCA/ASTO awards, and ended with a buffett sponsored by Topsail Insurance.
The next UK Sail Training conference will be in January 2015.