Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:47
Scotland's Minister for Children and Young People boarded The Prince's Trust's unique schooner, Spirit, and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland's volunteer training yacht, Alba Volunteer, to find out how the two charities are using Sail Training to change young lives.
Aileen Campbell MSP joined young people who have completed voyages on Spirit, through sail training programmes run by The Prince's Trust and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, as well as young people supported by other Prince's Trust programmes, to hear their experiences of overcoming challenges and moving into jobs and education.
Her visit came as Spirit embarks on a busy sailing season, when the schooner will make around 30 voyages this year, giving more than 250 young people a unique experience and the chance to learn new skills and grow in confidence.
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Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:38
North Sea cities are invited to submit bids to host the 2018 edition of the largest annual free family festival in Europe: The Tall Ships Races.
Sail Training International, organisers of the annual international Tall Ships Races and Regattas, are continually putting together new events, contracting host cities, planning routes and securing sponsors.
Races are planned four years in advance and the location of the European Tall Ships Races, which are held each summer, rotates on a four-year programme - Baltic, North Sea, North West European waters and Biscay/Iberian Peninsula.
Cities on the North Sea and adjacent waters around Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are now invited to submit expressions of interest for The Tall Ships Races 2018.
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Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 11:19
ASTO, OYT Scotland and RYA Scotland are working together to organise the Commonwealth Small Ships Race in the Clyde in July. The event is part of a number of feeder events culminating in the Commonwealth Flotilla which aims to be the largest assembly of boats the Clyde has ever seen.
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The Commonwealth Small Ships Race is open to Sail Training vessels under 24 metres and other sailing vessels provided half of the crew are under 25. Entry closes on 1st April 2014 and entry forms are available here. Details of the following Commonwealth Flotilla organised by RYA Scotland and entry forms available here.
Published on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:44
STS Lord Nelson was awarded the coveted MCA/ASTO award for Sail Training Vessel of the Year at the UK Sail Training conference. The award recognises an operator for fulfilling both the Sail Training aspirations of ASTO and the seamanship and safety requirements of the MCA.
The award was presented by Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the MCA to shorebased and seagoing staff of the Jubilee Sailing Trust. It comes as the Lord Nelson herself is approximately 1000 miles from the nearest land, on her way towards Cape Horn on her 2 year circumnavigation.
The MCA/ASTO award for Best Potential Sail Training Skipper went to Kieran Burleigh, trainee Mate on board Spirit of Fairbridge operated by the Prince's Trust.
Published on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:05
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.