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ASTO (UK Sail Training)

Key Details for ASTO (UK Sail Training)
Type of Organisation: Sail Training Association

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.

Tall Ships Associated with ASTO (UK Sail Training)
Adventure Wales
  60 Feet
Blue Clipper
  38 Metres
Challenge Wales
  Bermudan Rigged Cutter (BM Cutter)  
  72 Feet
Golden Vanity
  Gaff Rigged Cutter  
  53 Feet
Jolie Brise
  Gaff Cutter  
  22.5 Metres
  Gaff Rigged Ketch  
  105 Feet
  Gaff Rigged Cutter  
  16 Metres
Lord Nelson
  3 Masted Barque  
  55 Metres
  Gaff Rigged Ketch  
  24 Metres
  Gaff Rigged Yawl  
  59 Feet
  Gaff Rigged Ketch  
  27.56 Metres
  3 Masted Barque  
  65 Metres
Thermopylae Clipper
  Bermudan Cutter  
  60 Feet
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