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Ten UK Sail Training vessels, all members of ASTO, are taking part in the Tall Ships Races 2018 organised by Sail Training International. 7 of the ships are taking part in the whole series of races from Sunderland to Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, with 3 only taking part in one or two stages. All the vessels will be crewed by young people or people with disabilities, many of whom have never sailed before.
The Tall Ships Races are the biggest annual showcase event for Sail Training in Europe. Ships from many different nations take part, all using the medium of sailing to teach their young crews about their hidden strengths, teamwork, communication and resilience. All while having an exciting adventure in the fresh air!
Sail Training in the UK happens all year round, with voyages available for youth groups, school groups and individuals, from a few days on board to a week, or even longer. While the fleet encompasses many different types of ship, they all have in common that the crew need to live and work together to make the voyage a success. Browse this website to find out about the different organisations, voyages available and how to book space for you or your group.
Can't wait that long? Morning Star (pictured) still needs some trainess for the races this month. No sailing experience necessary, details in our newsletter or sign up to the right.
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Competition: Win a week’s sailing trip with songwriter Richard Stilgoe worth £745
From thestage.co.uk - 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.
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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.
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Article courtesy of RYA News
"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.
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126 days after having set sail from Largs on the West coast of Scotland, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017 Voyage were welcomed back to their starting point today by an ecstatic host of friends, family and supporters as they completed their circumnavigation of the British Isles.
Since the voyage began on 20 May, over 125 young people in recovery from cancer from across the UK have been involved in the project, covering 2,206 nautical miles in 17 legs
CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Frank Fletcher, said: "It is with huge pride that I stand up here today and welcome home Moonspray [the voyage yacht]. This summer, the Trust has taken over 550 young people sailing from around the UK of which Round Britain has played a huge part. The achievements and future potential of every single one of those young people continues to inspire me. To watch this voyage touch so many people around the UK and to see the combined achievements of this Trust crew has been amazing."
The final leg of the voyage left Belfast on Tuesday 19 September with a night stop in Glenarm, Northern Ireland, before making the last major passage of the voyage, across the Northern Channel to Scotland.