James M Pilgrim - Source
The Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) is the official national representative for Sail Training in the United Kingdom.
Achieved through the challenge of sailing a tall ship on the high seas, Sail Training is an experiential course in personal and professional development championed for its effectiveness by youth organisations, multi-national corporations and even navies from across the world.
In the UK Sail Training fleet alone there are over 30 organisations operating 50+ vessels, all of whom work tirelessly to bring this experience to over 10,000 young people each year, helping them to become the leaders of tomorrow. In aid of this, ASTO offers various funding opportunities for young people up to the age of 25.
Each year ASTO organises the Small Ships Races, which sees a number of their member vessels racing 'round-the-cans' followed by a parade of sail. They also host the annual UK Sail Training Conference which brings together all of their member organisations for a day of discussions and seminars focussed on developing their practice into the future.
Vessels have to meet a range of criteria before they can become members of ASTO. These criteria include safe recruitment, safe vessel management, good booking procedures and a primary aim of Sail Training, not just sailing.
This Organisation was published by Tall Ships Network