(pictured, from left: Morning Star Trust Executive Director Alex Coakley, Morning Star Skipper Toby Humphreys, and CEO of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Brian Johnson)
Morning Star awarded Maritime and Coastguard Agency Sail Training Vessel of the Year
After another busy year of innovative “youth work at sea” voyages with young people, the Chatham based Morning Star Trust’s flagship ‘Morning Star of Revelation’, has been awarded the prestigious MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) Sail Training Vessel of the Year 2018.
This national award is given to the vessel in the UK Sail Training Fleet judged to have best met and/or exceeded the safety, good management and seamanship requirements of the MCA, whilst delivering the highest quality sail training voyages for young people.
“This is a testament to the hard work the team have put into providing the very best service to the young people of Kent and Medway,” explains the Executive Director, Alex Coakley. “We are delighted and honoured to have been presented with this award, which recognises the dedication of our staff, many volunteers and Morning Star’s excellent safety record”.
Launched in 1978, the 62-foot gaff ketch Morning Star is the oldest purpose-built sail training vessel in the UK and has been based in the Medway for her whole life. Currently operating from Chatham Maritime, MST offers voyages aboard Morning Star and her smaller sister Bright Star around the South and East coasts of England during term time. Going further afield in the summer, Morning Star competes in the international Tall Ships Races.
Morning Star’s skipper Toby Humphreys said, “we work with young people and vulnerable adults from all walks of life. From school, scout and church youth groups to young carers, youth offenders, or those struggling with homelessness, residential voyages aboard these vessels offers an incredible opportunity for life-changing adventure. Our unique approach mixes the hands-on challenge of learning to sail a traditional vessel with the opportunity to take time to reflect on life, all whilst learning confidence, communication and resilience.”
MST has spaces in its 2019 and 2020 programmes for individuals, and welcomes the opportunity to develop bespoke voyages with groups. Bursaries may be available for those who would otherwise not be able to access this experience.