Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:50
Congratulations to Amanda Butcher, ASTO Trustee on being given the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Amanda Butcher is Director of RAF Cosford Airshow and Trustee/Director of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO). She is being recognisded for exceptional support to charities over the last 30 years.
Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:46
Last week the Jubilee Sailing Trust and Trinity House announced their new cadet training programme at an event on board SV Tenacious at West India Docks in London.
The first cadet to be taking part in the joint 3 year programme, Matthew Banks, from Cornwall, will study for a Foundation Degree in Maritime Studies at the Warsash Maritime Academy. This will allow him to gain the necessary knowledge before joining Tenacious for unique practical seamanship training on the UK’s largest square rigged sail training tall ship; he will then broaden his sea experience with sea time on board different types of ships, including tanker, container, ferry and cruise ships. As part of this unique cadetship programme, he will also complete additional training in the traditional skills of ship rigging, sail making and boat building.
Duncan Souster, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such a promising cadet to the JST and thank Trinity House for their sponsorship. This is a truly unique opportunity for everyone involved and we hope to be able to build on this success and bring new cadets into the JST every year.”
Published on Friday, 03 July 2015 13:52
ASTO is at the Tall Ships Belfast this week promoting UK Sail Training. Why not get on board? ASTO member organisations provide Sail Training voyages to over 10,000 young people a year.
The UK Sail Training fleet is made up of a large variety of boats, from huge square-riggers to small yachts, from 100 year old gaff cutters to modern round-the-world racing yachts.
Here is just a snapshot of some of the voyages still available this Summer, full details of these and other trainee places are available on our UK Sail Training and Trainee Places facebook pages.
Challenge Wales 21 - 25 July Cardiff - Milford, 26 - 30 July Milford - Milford (Irish Sea Cruise) or 5 - 9 Aug Cardiff - Cardiff.
Discovery Sailing Project 12 - 19 July Plymouth to Milford Haven, 2 - 9 Aug Troon to Inverness, 9 - 16 Aug Inverness to Edinburgh or 23 - 30 Aug Grimsby to Dover.
Maybe Sailing - Dutch Explorer 22 Aug - 27 Aug Amsterdam - Hull, South West Coast & Ireland 13 Sept - 18th Sept Gosport - Cork or 19 Sept - 24 Sept Cork - Gosport.
Tall Ships Youth Trust - 3 legs Falmouth to La Corona to Cork to Southampton.
Do something different this Summer, try Sail Training. Once you have sailed with us you’ll want to keep coming back for more!
Published on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:33
ASTO is promoting UK Sail Training at the Inspiring Leadership conference in Birmingham. We intend to show teachers and college leaders how their pupils can benefit from Sail Training adventures. We are promoting the schools programme of Jubilee Sailing Trust, Maybe Sailing, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and all other ASTO members.
If you are at the conference, come and visit us on stand 25 and find out how your pupils can take part in challenging and empowering adventures!
On board a Sail Training vessel, you can learn about cooking, living together in a confined space, keeping things tidy, chartwork, teamwork, compassion, determination, communication and many other life skills. Explore this website for more information.
Published on Monday, 01 June 2015 11:01
The Sea Cadets new flagship has been officially named and commissioned by HRH The Princess Royal on Friday 29th May in London.
Over 40 years ago, HRH The Princess Royal named the former flagship TS Royalist. The Marine Society and Sea Cadets were delighted to welcome her back again to name their brand new ship.
One hundred cadets from all over the country travelled to take part in this exciting event, which included an inspection of the cadets by The Princess Royal, songs from Sefton Sea Cadets Glee Club and a performance from the Massed Band of the Sea Cadets Corps. POC Charlie, Navy Board Cadet for Southern Area, volunteered to read the Sea Cadets prayer in front of the 150 guests. He said: "I felt honoured to read the prayer. Being in Sea Cadets is an amazing experience and gives you a real sense of pride."
The new 32 metre brig, named TS Royalist to honour the previous flagship, was built at the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain and fitted out using British suppliers.
The MSSC hope she will continue the TS Royalist legacy and give hundreds of young people offshore adventures for another 40 years.
(adapted from www.ms-sc.org)