ASTO and UK Sail Training were very honoured to be chosen to meet Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to the Isle of Wight yesterday. 5 ASTO member vessels were in prime position in the Yacht Haven with their trainee crews waving and cheering as Her Majesty arrived. The Queen then met James Stevens and Lucy Gross from ASTO, as well as Helen Gilpin and Charlie Harris from Cowes-based member organisation IYWAC. We told her about how Sail Training could be a formative experience for many young people and that they could gain many useful life skills. She seemed to agree.
Another young man from IYWAC who had been invited to be there, had been so successfull as a trainee that he had been offered a job abroad and could therefore not attend. Proof that Sail Training can be a lifechanging opportunity! Thank you to IYWAC for helping make the day memorable for Her Majesty.
ASTO would also like to thank the organisations that brought their boats to the event: Rona Sailing Project, Discovery Sailing Project, and the Little Brig Trust. They helped make the Yacht Haven look spectacular for her visit.