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The 2019 UK Sail Training Conference is on Friday, 25th January 2019 at The Spark, Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN. How to find the venue

Booking is now closed.

The UK Sail Training conference is an opportunity for all Sail Trainers in the UK to get together, share common issues and good practice and be inspired. The 2019 programme includes a mix of presentations, workshops and discussion sessions about everything from safety to research, learning from mistakes and to looking at new ways of doing things. Preferred entry is given to staff and volunteers of ASTO member organisations although other Sail Trainers may also attend.

The conference fee remains low at £25 per person for members, with non-ASTO members paying £40. Non ASTO members please check if there is space after 11 January before completing a booking.

Here's how to book your place:

1 Take a look at the programme and decide which sessions you'd like to attend.

2 Register and choose your sessions via 

(2b If you have a large number of delegates you can complete the Booking Spreadsheet and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will then invoice you.)

3 Pay for your place via bank transfer (preferred method) or PayPal using the link below.


UK Sail Training Conference


 We look forward to seeing you there!




The 2018 International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference was held on 29th November to 1st December 2018 in Seville, Spain. Full details of the Conference and awards will be available soon.

Challenge Wales, Wales’ Tall Ship has been awarded the UK Sail Training Vessel of the Year by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) at an industry event in Southampton.

The award is given to a vessel which has had an exceptional year and has fulfilled both the sail training aspirations of ASTO plus the seamanship and safety requirements for the MCA. The award looks at good management, safety, high quality sail training, volunteer management, innovations in the types of young people groups jumping aboard, maintenance management and how results are measured.