Along with the racing, the trainees were treated to not one but two royal visits, with HRH Prince Michael of Kent visiting Pelican in West India Docks (Prince Michael is the patron of the James Myatt Trust that provides funding for trainees to take part in UK Sail Training).
HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the whole fleet in Portland and managed to shake every single hand of every trainee. Thank you!
ASTO would like to say a huge big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters which include Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Portland Marina, Portland Harbour Authority, Brewin Dolphin, the Canal and River Trust (who run West India Docks), the Port of London Authority, Topsail Insurance, and the Worshipful Companies of Drapers, Innholders, Goldsmiths, Haberdashers and Farmers, who provided funding to enable young people to take part in this amazing adventure.
Another huge thank you to the ASTO volunteers (Marcia, Mark, James Stevens, Ron Dadswell, Harry Allaway and Peter Cardy, Paul Bishop from STI and Max from tallshipstock.com) for all their help, all the skippers and crew taking part, and the Countess of Wessex for making Friday such a fantastic day!
The next Small Ships Race is a round-the-cans race from Cowes on October 6th. Don't forget though that all the boats taking part go on Sail Training voyages all year round to provide life-changing adventures for young and disabled people. Anyone can take part, to find out more about Sail Training and the organisations running the boats go to 'Sail to Adventure' and 'Find Member Organisations' on this website.