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On the afternoon of Friday 26 July 2019, the Island Trust were honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Plymouth Yacht Haven marina to celebrate the addition of Johanna Lucretia to their small fleet of youth sail training boats. HRH The Princess Royal is President of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Patron of the RYA Foundation.

Her Royal Highness was accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, Rear Admiral Chris Snow CBE DL, and upon arrival he presented Her Royal Highness to the High Sheriff of Devon Captain Simon Martin; the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball and Mrs Dianne Ball; Mr Leon Ward of the Royal Yachting Association; Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council Mrs Tracey Lee; and Mr Dick Lloyd, founding Trustee of The Island Trust. Dick Lloyd then introduced his fellow Trustees.

Her Royal Highness was escorted by Dick Lloyd to the pontoon to meet operations manager Tom Walker and Ocean Discoverability project manager John Hepburn. Tom invited Her Royal Highness to board each of the boats, all three looking stunning dressed overall, where she met the team of skippers and mates, and the young trainees who had just returned from a week’s sailing. Her Royal Highness spent time talking to the crews, and was interested in everyone and everything.

Afterwards, Her Royal Highness attended a reception at The Bridge bar and restaurant, overlooking the marina, where she met guests and was invited by Simon Dobson, Chairman of the Trustees, to unveil a plaque to welcome Johanna Lucretia to the fleet. Emily from Cann Bridge School presented Her Royal Highness with a posy, and Adrie and Jeremy Burnett gave a book on the yacht designs of their late son, Ed Burnett. The book contains details of the design of Pegasus by him as well as the Gloriana, which Ed helped design as the Queen’s rowbarge for the celebration of the The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Ed was also one of the 18 rowers on board when it led the Jubilee Parade down the Thames. Both Adrie and Jeremy are keen sailors and have owned a chandlery business in Falmouth.
Dick Lloyd, founding Trustee said “In the forty six years since my wife Judy and I started this charity we have introduced thousands of young people to the benefits, enjoyment and adventure of sailing, which is an ideal platform for improving confidence and motivation. Funding our work is always a challenge but we firmly believe that our young sailors are worth the investment and we are grateful for the support of our donors. This visit recognises the importance of our work with the next generation of young sailors and custodians of the sea. It was a truly incredible afternoon and perfect weather for such an occasion”.

ASTO's chairman James Stevens was delighted to be present at the event, and ASTO wishes the Island Trust many more years of successful Sail Training.

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Young Scotsman, Lewis Haig, has been named as the recipient of the RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year award 2018, for his exceptional demonstration of sailing skills during his RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence exam.

19-year-old, Lewis was presented with the prestigious trophy by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, earlier today (Tuesday 16 July), at the Royal Institute of Navigation, AGM and Annual Meeting, in London.

Speaking after the presentation, Lewis commented: “I still can’t believe it, considering that just two years ago my knowledge of boats and sailing was practically nothing. To have been chosen as RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year is absolutely incredible and a huge honour. I never anticipated achieving something like this.”

RYA Director of Training and Qualifications, Richard Falk, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and one Lewis should be very proud of. There were more than 3,000 people who undertook the exam for the RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence last year - the calibre was extremely high - but Lewis’ remarkable skills, knowledge and enthusiasm shone through.”

The first time Lewis set foot on a boat was through a school trip with ASTO member Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. It sparked a love of sailing and a long-term career path that he never saw coming. Lewis continued sailing with OYT, volunteering and eventually going on to gain a place on their cadet training programme in 2017. He then worked his way up through the RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme, achieving his RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper qualifications, before sitting his exam for RYA Yachtmaster™ Sail in October 2018.

Lewis was able to complete his training courses with funding from the Trinity House bursary. He was also selected to take part in the International Exchange in 2018, sailing for two weeks on board the Australian Tall Ship Young Endeavour. Both the bursary and the exchange are administered by ASTO. 

Nominate a young person for an amazing free 5- night sea voyage with the Ocean Youth Trust South!

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Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) run the Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS) and have chosen Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South) as their charity partner of the year for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show. As part of the charitable partnership they are offering 12 lucky local young people the opportunity to participate in a free 5- night voyage on the sail training vessel Prolific between 21st – 26th August 2019. Entries are now open and organisers are urging the local community to get involved and to get nominating young people aged 12 – 18 years in Dorset!

Poole Harbour Boat Show Marketing Director Tracy Payne advised, “This will provide an amazing and potentially life changing opportunity for a young person in Dorset. It could be anyone! It might be someone that you feel wouldn’t normally have access to an incredible opportunity like this. It could be someone who’s doing well at school, it might be a young carer or simply someone that you think deserves a treat. We want you to tell us the reason why they should be chosen for this incredible experience! Nominating a young person could provide a fantastic introduction for them in to the marine sector, opening up all sorts of possibilities and opportunities for the future. The nominations process is now open and it’s easy to do. Simply visit and fill in our online form.

Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle to Arrive in Portsmouth, England
– Public Invited to Take Free Tours –
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The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, England on April 26, 2019 at 11am. Eagle will moor up for 05 days at South Railway Jetty and will be open for free public tours on Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April. South Railway Jetty is located at Portsmouth Harbor.

Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

• Saturday, April 27: 1000 - 1200 for first responders, military, and government officials; 1100 - 1900 for the public
• Sunday, April 28: 1000 - 1200 for first responders, military, and government officials; 1000 - 1900 for the public

At 90 meters (295 feet) in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II. Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 6,797 square meters (22,300 square feet) of sail and 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) of rigging, Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the Coast Guard Academy and Officer Candidate School curriculum.


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(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

Chatham, Kent.

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.

Morning Star Trust is a Christian Charity based in Chatham Historic Dockyard (charity no. 328320). The organisation is passionate about inspiring young people to live life to the full no matter what their background. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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