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The annual Cowes Small Ships Race takes place on the first Saturday in 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 will be on Saturday 6th October, and entry is now open!  Notice of Race, an Entry Form and further paperwork can be found on the links to the left, or under 'Events - Small Ships Race Entry forms'. 

Regular updates in the lead up and during the race will be on www.facebook.com/uksailtraining

The Cowes Small Ships Race is organised by ASTO in partnership with the Royal London Yacht Club and aims to publicise the opportunities Sail Training brings. In addition it is a fun end to the season for the Skippers and Crews that work so hard to make Sail Training a positive experience for many young and disadvantaged people each year.

The Chatham to Gosport Small Ships Race 2018 will bring together Sail Training vessels and young people in friendly competition. The event is open to Sail Training vessels under 24 m, and other sailing vessels if at least half of the crew are between 12 and 25 years old.  Entry forms are open! ASTO reserve the right to refuse an entry.

The fleet will arrive in Chatham Sunday 19 August with crew games and Skipper's briefings. Monday 20 August will see sailing practice for the new crews.  Tuesday 21 August, "They're off" and the race to Gosport starts. Each of the boats will be crewed by young and/or disabled people, many of whom have never sailed before. While the race will be highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew and the Spirit of the Race.

Regular updates will be on www.facebook.com/uksailtraining

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. 

Pictures from the event are available here or here . (www.facebook.com/ uksailtraining) 

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.

ASTO would like to thank the Royal London Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron for their support in organising this race, as well as Cowes Yacht Haven for the venue. Several Isle of Wight organisations provide funding for young people to take part. If you are involved with a youth organisation or school on the Island, and would like to take part next year, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Dartmouth to Gosport Small Ships Race 2016 brought together Sail Training vessels and young people in friendly competition. 17 vessels took part in the practice race and 19 in the race to Gosport. Stories and pictures from the race can be found on the UK Sail Training facebook page. (You do not need to log in to Facebook to see the pictures). Anyone wanting high resolution pictures or prints please contact ASTO on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Practice race results

Dartmouth to Gosport race results

 

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

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If your port or yacht club would like to host a Small Ships Race, please contact ASTO on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.