Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:37
'How Tall Ships inspired Kevin to embark on voyage of a lifetime'
The annual race, which will attract 500,000 people to Belfast next year, gave Kevin McVeagh the courage to explore the world. Stephanie Bell reports.
The streets of Chicago are a world away from the tensions at the flashpoint Ardoyne interface - and one young north Belfast man who has made his home in the Windy City agrees that life couldn't be more different.
Kevin McVeagh had wanted to escape the sectarian tensions in the community where he grew up from a very young age and now, at the age of 25, he has been living the dream for the past four years, working in his ideal job as a soccer coach in a country which couldn't be more different from his own. He credits his new life to the experience and tools he gained while part of a young volunteer crew in the Tall Ship Race when he was in his mid-teens.
Young people are again applying in their hundreds for the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the 2015 race which will leave from Belfast.
Read more: The Sail Training experience changed this young man's life
Published on Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:20
A FALMOUTH charity helping injured war veterans by taking them sailing has received some major donations.
Shaun Pascoe, a former commanding officer leading medical evacuations in Iraq and Afghanistan, set up Turn to Starboard two years ago.
Now it has taken a massive step forward after Help for Heroes and the Royal Air Forces Association agreed "significant funding" packages.
The Prince's Trust has also helped the charity by giving it a schooner, the Spirit of Fairbridge, to be renamed the Spirit of Falmouth at the end of the month.
Read more: Spirit of Fairbridge donated to Falmouth-based charity
Published on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:01
Sunderland has been announced as a host port for the 2018 Tall Ships Race.
The event, which previously drew large crowds in Hartlepool and Tyneside, attracts hundreds of sailing ships from around the world.
Sunderland City Council leader, Paul Watson, said it was "fantastic" news for a city which was once the "home of shipbuilding".
A bid to host the event was submitted by the Music, Arts and Culture Trust in Sunderland in August.
The trust said the race could mean a massive boost to the city's economy, as well as being a reminder of Wearside's maritime heritage.
Mr Watson said: "This success reflects the enthusiastic response from partners, organisations and individuals across the whole region who supported our bid."
The council said some of the proposed berthing areas would be where sailing ships such as the Adelaide and Torrens were built.
The Tall Ships Race sees vessels from across the globe visit different areas in Europe, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, over four days.
(from BBC news)
Published on Saturday, 06 September 2014 10:16
HRH The Countess of Wessex, Patron of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO), visited the UK Sail Training fleet at the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival on Friday (5 September).
Over 280 young people from a wide range of backgrounds sailed in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta on board 19 boats operated by ASTO members.
The Countess of Wessex joined the trainees on board the Sail Training vessel, John Laing, operated by the Ocean Youth Trust South for a short passage down the Thames from HMS President to Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf where most of the ASTO fleet is berthed.
ASTO Chairman James Stevens then introduced The Countess of Wessex to the trainees who sailed from Cornwall to the capital under the ASTO banner.
Commenting on the visit, Stevens said: "I was delighted that our Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex met many of the trainees who were on board our ASTO Sail Training vessels in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. I'm also thrilled that she was able to attend our reception on board the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ship Tenacious to congratulate the ASTO skippers - not only for achieving great results in the race but also for the vital work they do providing challenge and adventure for young people."
The ASTO fleet posted outstanding results in the race, with the Cirdan Trust's Duet taking the overall win according to provisional results. Among the trainees on board were three 15-year-old police cadets from Enfield.
Also on board was 18-year-old Hannah Collins, a cadet instructor also from Enfield. "This was the first time I've ever sailed and I'm so pleased to have had the chance to experience it. I was a bit apprehensive when we set off from Falmouth but once I got into it I relaxed and started enjoying it," she said.
"I had a fantastic time and it was really great to have such support and trust from the team. It was also inspirational and, to win the event overall, made it all worthwhile. To be honest I would never have dreamed of taking part and I certainly didn't realize the gravitas of the event before I got on board," she added.
"I learnt a lot about technique and also about leadership development skills which will help me with my career in the future," said Hannah, who hopes to become a police commissioner in the future.
For further information about Sail Training, ASTO and its member organisations search this website. ASTO will have a stand at the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich during the festival. Come and talk to us and find out how you can take part in Sail Training.
Published on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:18
ASTO and UK Sail Training are represented in Falmouth for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.
19 of the vessels taking part in the regatta are ASTO members, which means they do Sail Training voyages with youung and disabled people year round. Visit the stand on County Wharf in Falmouth or browse this website for more information.
Sail to Adventure includes more information about Sail Training.
Find your ship links you to the organisations operating the ships.
About ASTO gives you more information about the Association of Sail Training Organisations and what we do to support Sail Training in the UK.
Up to date information about the regatta is on our Facebook page (you don't need to be a member of Facebook to read the updates).