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.