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The Cowes Small Ships Race takes place on the first Saturday every October. This annual event is a popular end to the Sail Training season, with around 25 boats taking part each year. Each of the boats are 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 2018 event was on Saturday 6th October 2018. 23 vessels have entered, with 21 completing the course. A summary of the racing is on the news page ('Home port'), with full results available here.
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The Chatham to Gosport Small Ships Race 2018 saw 5 Sail Training vessels in friendly competition.
The fleet arrived in Chatham Sunday 19 August in blustery conditions. The crew of Morning Star organised crew games and a barbecue. A Skipper's briefing was held on board Morning Star to discuss the racing. Many thanks to Richard Stone from the Medway Yacht Club for his local advice and offer to run a practice race.
Due to lack of wind on Monday, 20th August, the practice race was cancelled. Instead, the fleet motored to Ramsgate undertaking the Cheesecake Challenge on the way! Many thanks to Ramsgate Marina for accomodating the fleet at such short notice.
On Tuesday 21st August the race to Gosport started off Ramsgate, in light headwinds and thick fog. This cleared by the afternoon and the crews found themselves tacking along the coast making good speed. The wind eased off on Wednesday morning and remained from the west, meaning crews needed to tack frequently to make any progress.
The time limit for the race was shortened to ensure all crews would get to Gosport in time. Those vessels that had not finished the race by midnight on Wednesday were therefore able to report their position and a theoretical finish time was calculated. Due to the time correction factor issued by Sail Training International, all boats are in with a chance of winning.
Pictures of the prize giving are on https://www.facebook.com/pg/uksailtraining/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2014022581953116
Overall Winner: Scaramouche
Winner of the Richard Langhorn Trophy (voted for by all crews as the vessel that best represents the Spirit of the Race): Leila
|Scaramouche||D||19h 39m 47s|
|Leila||B||23h 50m 52s|
|Ocean Scout||C||1d 00h 21m 02s|
|Offshore Scout||C||1d 00h 51m 03s|
|Morning Star||B||1d 01h 33m 29s|
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ASTO organised a short event in Torbay to celebrate the start of the transatlantic Tall Ships Regatta in April 2017. 7 vessels took part in this short round the cans race. Very many thanks to Tor Bay Harbour and the Royal Torbay Yacht Club for their support.
Vessels taking part included Leader and Golden Vanity (Trinity Sailing), Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona (Island Trust) and Aspiration and Endeavour (South Devon College).
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This year's race was very windy with strong tides, making for a fast and exciting race. The fleet headed through the forts and towards Bembridge Ledge before returning to finish off Cowes. 22 vessels were entered although only 20 competed. Newcomers included Ocean Youth Trust South's new vessel Prolific, and the Sea Cadets' new yacht City of London. As in the last few years, Spirit of Scott Bader competed in a class of their own, with people with various disabilities on board. Full Race Results can be found here, pictures of the race here and pictures of the prize giving here.
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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Dart Yacht Club.
Organised by ASTO with generous support from
ASTO would like to thank all supporters of the race, without whom the event would not have been possible. In particular we would like to thank:
Members of the Royal Dart Yacht Club
Dart Harbour Navigation Authority
Hornet Services Sailing Club
Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre
Sea Cadets Offshore
Portsmouth Harbour QHM
Gosport Borough Council
Gosport Marine Scene