The Prizegiving for the London to Portland Small Ships Race took place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy at 1800 on Saturday. Prizes were awarded for the youngest crew members, the oldest crew member (80!), race comms, youngest skipper, and of course for winning places in the Race! The coveted Richard Langhorn Trophy (voted for by the crews of all the boats) for the vessel that best represents the spirit of the Race, went to James Cook. Not only were they 2nd across the finish line, but most of their crew had not sailed before and included several visually impaired young people. Grace, the skipper of James Cook, stepped in to organise the alternative events on Saturday when the round-the-cans race was cancelled. Congratulations from all taking part.
The overall winner of the London to Portland Small Ships Race, winning the beautiful Aurora trophy, was Maybe, based in Hull but with the most international crew, from Australia, South Africa and the US. They also had on board the youngest boy. Well done Maybe!
Along with the racing, the trainees were treated to not one but two royal visits, with HRH Prince Michael of Kent visiting Pelican in West India Docks (Prince Michael is the patron of the James Myatt Trust that provides funding for trainees to take part in UK Sail Training).
HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the whole fleet in Portland and managed to shake every single hand of every trainee. Thank you!
ASTO would like to say a huge big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters which include Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Portland Marina, Portland Harbour Authority, Brewin Dolphin, the Canal and River Trust (who run West India Docks), the Port of London Authority, Topsail Insurance, and the Worshipful Companies of Drapers, Innholders, Goldsmiths, Haberdashers and Farmers, who provided funding to enable young people to take part in this amazing adventure.
Another huge thank you to the ASTO volunteers (Marcia, Mark, James Stevens, Ron Dadswell, Harry Allaway and Peter Cardy, Paul Bishop from STI and Max from tallshipstock.com) for all their help, all the skippers and crew taking part, and the Countess of Wessex for making Friday such a fantastic day!
The next Small Ships Race is a round-the-cans race from Cowes on October 6th. Don't forget though that all the boats taking part go on Sail Training voyages all year round to provide life-changing adventures for young and disabled people. Anyone can take part, to find out more about Sail Training and the organisations running the boats go to 'Sail to Adventure' and 'Find Member Organisations' on this website.