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"A Bishops Waltham volunteer will be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA.

The Award is in recognition of his commitment to helping people with disabilities become involved with sailing.

Chris Williams OBE has been nominated for the RYA’s Francis Elkin Award, which is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in time, effort and personal endeavour to enable people with disabilities to become involved in sailing.

Chris has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He will receive his award at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 24 November.

Competition: Win a week’s sailing trip with songwriter Richard Stilgoe worth £745

From - Apr 26, 2018


The Jubilee Sailing Trust, in partnership with the Orpheus Trust, offers you the chance to sail on board SV Tenacious for a week, creating and performing a new show with Cats and Phantom of the Opera songwriter Richard Stilgoe. Come experience life on board a tall ship whilst spending time with one of musical theatre’s greatest masterminds in a truly unique environment.

After an introduction by Richard Stilgoe, the Orpheus Centre and the Jubilee Sailing Trust are working together in the summer of 2018 to produce a Songs on the Sea voyage crewed by students of the Orpheus Centre, their assistants, skilled tutors, and other disabled young adults. Richard Stilgoe will be participating in the voyage himself so this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with one of Britain’s top songwriters on the world’s largest operational wooden ship to create a completely original performance.

The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college in Surrey that specialises in performing and visual arts and makes dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) operates the only two tall ships in the world which were custom built so that disabled people can sail as full crew members – challenging crew to do things they never thought possible, improving self-belief, confidence and showcasing the power of inclusive teams in an enabled environment.

The 5-day voyage will take place in 2018 and will start in Southampton on July 23 and end in Portsmouth on the 27th. The crew will be a mix of people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and also people without a disability. During the voyage, the crew will write and rehearse a musical spectacular to be performed upon arrival in Portsmouth as the centrepiece of an in-port event celebrating diversity, creativity, ability, and breaking down barriers between disabled and non-disabled people.

During the first day of the voyage, crew will be briefed by both the professional crew of the ship and also the team at Orpheus. The remaining days will be a mixture of sail training and rehearsal time that will come to a climax on the final day when the performance takes place in Portsmouth.

For the chance to win win a place on board Tenacious with Richard Stilgoe,find full details on


Cowes Small Ships Race 2017 James M Pilgrim Social Res 5468

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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