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International Exchange Blog: Susanna Paynter (Canada 2022)

By Tom

ASTO’s International Exchanges are an excellent opportunity for 18-25-year-olds to experience the thrill and adventure of Sail Training in other continents. Our exciting exchange programme takes successful applicants on life-changing voyages to Australia, Canada and the US.   Over the Summer, Susanna Paynter travelled to Canada to join the crew on board Bytown Brigantine’s 110ft Fair…

Young people celebrate at first in-person Small Ships Race prize-giving since 2019

By Tom

AROUND 200 young people from across the UK benefited from a life-changing youth development opportunity at the Cowes Small Ships Race this weekend (Saturday 24th September).   The annual event is organised by Gosport-based youth charity ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) and gives young and disabled people the opportunity to experience new challenges and…

Ten youth development charities to take part in sailing race this weekend

By Tom

MORE than 230 young people from around the UK are set to take part in a youth charity’s annual sailing race this weekend (Saturday 24th September).   The Cowes Small Ships Race is hosted by Gosport-based charity, ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations), with support from the Royal London Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron.…

Pioneer Sailing Trust receives Lottery Heritage Funding

By Lucy Grodie

Pioneer Sailing Trust has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Growing Heritage Training and Restoration project, made possible by National Lottery players. Over five years a partnership between Pioneer Sailing Trust and Vanguard Restoration Foundation will restore two iconic historic vessels, reach and attain maximum benefit for community audiences and…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Interview with Vicky Williams (Challenge Wales)

By Tom

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week centres around the theme of loneliness and how it can negatively impact people’s mental health and wellbeing.   We recently spoke to Vicky Williams, Business Development Manager for Challenge Wales, who explained how Sail Training can allow people to form better connections and how their Winter of Wellbeing voyages…

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