This Saturday, Ocotber 5th 2013, will see the 10th time the Cowes Small Ships Race takes place in the Solent. This annual event is a popular end to the Sail Training season, with up to 30 boats taking part each year. Each of the boats will be crewed by young and disabled people, many of whom have never sailed before. While the race is highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew, and the Spirit of the Race. 

The Cowes Small Ships Race is organised by ASTO and aims to publicise the opportunities Sail Training brings, as well as being a fun end to the season for the Skippers and Crews that work so hard to make the experience a life long positive memory for so many young and disadvantaged people each year.