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The Island Trust hits the ground running...

Following the merger of Cremyll Sailing and The Island Trust reported last year, the new organisation, The Island Trust, has hit the ground running at the start of 2012.

Following the merger of Cremyll Sailing and The Island Trust reported last year, the new organisation, The Island Trust, has hit the ground running at the start of 2012.

The Island Trust scooped both Maritime and Coastguard Agency awards at this year's ASTO conference; the MCA Award for Safety Preparedness and Awareness, and the MCA Award for Command Commitment, presented by Captain Amir Esmiley and organised by David Ralph, both of the MCA.

Business Manager Peter Morris won the MCA Award for Command Commitment having been nominated by one of The Island Trust's own skippers. This is richly deserved after demonstrating a life long commitment to sail training. His efforts can be best recognised by the appointment for 2012 of two ASTO skippership scheme graduates; Conall Morrison and Jim Whiteford to full time skippers positions within the Trust and by fielding two candidates on this years scheme, Kate Henderson and Darren Long. Peter is an ardent supporter of the ASTO scheme and believes strongly in the growth of younger members of staff and in presenting training and opportunity to further their careers.

Operations Manager Diggory Rose, received the MCA Award for Safety Awareness and Preparedness after the crew of Moosk were interviewed at the 2011 Small Ships race. Though honoured to receive the award he said "In reality, I am personally just a figurehead; The Award reflects the hard work and conscientiousness of all our staff, in particular Conall Morrison and Tom Walker in this instance, to ensure that the trainees in our care are given the best possible sail training experience. The award is made to the boat, not the individual but the same standards of safety and education will be found on all three of our vessels"

In a further demonstration of The Island Trust's commitment, it has purchased the 1906 Gaff Yawl "Moosk" from her previous owners who leased her to the Trust.

Chief Executive Dick Lloyd said "Purchasing Moosk for ourselves safeguards her future and ensures that we have the means to continue to deliver the high quality sail training that The Island Trust has prided itself on for the last 40 years"

The Island Trust operates the Pilot Cutter "Pegasus" and the former Cremyll Sailing vessels "Moosk" and "Tectona" from it's base in Cornwall.

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 Photographs courtesty of Max at www.tallshipstock.com