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ASTO have been invited to organise a short event in Torbay, to celebrate the start of the transatlantic Tall Ships Regatta in April 2017. 6 to 8 vessels are expected to take part in this short round the cans race, supported by Tor Bay Harbour and the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
Confirmed dates are
17th April Fleet arrive and berth in Torquay, Skippers Briefing
18th April Practice sailing and round the cans race followed by prize giving
19th April Parade of Sail followed by second round the cans race. Fleet disperse (The start of the Tall Ships Regatta can be watched in the afternoon)
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The ASTO Small Ships Races are a youth event open to any Sail Training vessels of which at least half the crew is under 25. Small Ships races are run under the rules of Tall Ships Races but with, as the name suggests, some smaller vessels involved (usually under 24 metres long, with up to 16 trainees on board). The inaugural ASTO Small Ships Race from Weymouth to St. Malo in 2002 was deemed to be a tremendous success by all involved. Since then, host ports have included Ipswich, Delfzijl, Glasgow, Greenock, Belfast, Cowes, Torquay, St. Peter Port, London, Portland and most recently Dartmouth to Gosport. Although these events are termed races, and there is certainly hot competition on the water, the main aim is to bring a range of Sail Training vessels together for their crews to compete, socialise and rise to the challenge of sailing these exciting ships.
Visit the links to the left for information about these events, how to take part and read archive race reports.
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Cowes 2016 - On Saturday 1st October 2016 the Cowes Small Ships Race took place in the Solent. This annual event is a popular end to the Sail Training season, with up to 30 boats taking part each year. Each of the boats are crewed by young and disabled people, many of whom have never sailed before. While the race is highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew and the Spirit of the Race.
The Cowes Small Ships Race is organised by ASTO and aims to publicise the opportunities Sail Training brings, as well as being a fun end to the season for the Skippers and Crews that work so hard to make the experience a life long positive memory for so many young and disadvantaged people each year.
Boats arrive in Cowes on the Friday before the race. The race is always the 1st Saturday in October and they depart on the Sunday.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
Class B Jolie Brise
Class C1 TS Vigilant
Class C2 Yoda
Class D Scaramouche
Line Honours Scaramouche (Seven Seas Trophy)
Overall youngest crew TS Caroline Allen (Bloodhound Cup)
Overall winners on corrected time Jolie Brise (Aurora Trophy)
Vessel that best represents the Spirit of the event: TS Vigilant for baking 300 cupcakes for all the participants in their tiny on board oven in batches of 24. (Richard Langhorn Trophy)
Full Race Results are here.
Pictures are online here. Feel free to use on your own social media. Please contact ASTO if you would like to use them for PR or need them in higher resolution.
The next Cowes Small Ships Race will be on the 7th October 2017.
Cowes Small Ships Races
The first Cowes Small Ships Race happened in 2004 and it has become a very popular event in the Sail Training calendar since. Entries usually number around 25 vessels for the event which now takes place on the first Saturday of October every year. Sail Training vessels aren't the only ones taking part: teams have been entered from the MCA, the Army, and from the 'Captain's Daughters', an informal group that usually volunteer as watchleaders with various Sail Training organisations. The only rule to take part is that half of the crew need to be under 25.
Participating boats gather in Cowes on Friday afternoon, with a race on the Saturday and prize giving on Saturday evening. For more details please contact ASTO or check the links on the left.
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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Dart Yacht Club.
Organised by ASTO with generous support from
ASTO would like to thank all supporters of the race, without whom the event would not have been possible. In particular we would like to thank:
Members of the Royal Dart Yacht Club
Dart Harbour Navigation Authority
Hornet Services Sailing Club
Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre
Sea Cadets Offshore
Portsmouth Harbour QHM
Gosport Borough Council
Gosport Marine Scene
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25 vessels took part on a day that included every type of weather. Newcomers to the Cowes event included Morning Star and Yoda (Portsmouth Sail Training Trust) Full race results are here and a race report (press release) here, with some cracking pictures courtesy of tallshipstock.com online.
Congratulations to all vessels and crews that took part in the 2015 Cowes Small Ships Race. Here are the full Race Results. They are ordered by corrected time and also show elapsed time (time it took to complete the course). There were 3 separate starts for Classes B (1030 start), C1 (1040 start) and C2 and E (1050 start).
Clyde Small Ships Race (2014)
Hammond Innes Race
London to Portland Small Ships Race (2012)