The Discovery Sailing Projects have been the lucky recipients of the funds remaining after the Little Brig Sailing Trust closed down last year.
Around £2500 remained after the closure of the Little Brig Sailing Trust, based in Gosport. After a competitive process in which ASTO members could apply for the funding, the LBST Trustees awarded the Discovery Sailing Project for upgrades to their smaller yacht Alexander Fairey.
Alexander Fairey is owned by the Alexander Fairey Memorial Fund and is operated by the Discovery Sailing Project. DSP make Alex available for members of all ASTO organisations to charter at very reasonable rates. Over the past 2 years, she has been used by members of the Rona Sailing Project, Ocean Youth Trust South, and Adventures Offshore. She is an excellent yacht for those who have gained their Day Skipper qualification to get the experience of being in command, without a more experienced and qualified sailor needing to be on board. Alex was also chartered by ASTO to run a Yachtmaster Instructor course in March 2019.
The funding from the Little Brig Sailing Trust will pay for some much-needed upgrades on Alex this year. These include a new Genoa, new running rigging, and new bunk cushions.
The LBST Trustees chose the DSP project in particular because the vessel is available to be used by other ASTO members.