Having missed out on the event in 2020, we are delighted that the crew of Donald Searle will take part in ASTO’s annual Cowes Small Ships Race race in the Solent this weekend (Saturday 2nd October). The race is hosted by the Gosport-based charity, ASTO with support from the Royal London Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron.
The annual event has run for almost 20 years and sees young people aged between 12-25 competing against each other on a fleet of Sail Training vessels. Many of the young people on board the vessels have never raced before, so the race provides an opportunity for the Trainees to challenge themselves and to take pride in their achievements. The popular event also provides the chance for many Sail Training organisations across the UK to celebrate the end of their season.
Lucy Grodie, General Manager of ASTO said:
‘I’m delighted we are able to run our annual Cowes Small Ships Race again, almost back to normal. The pandemic has been a very tough time for Sail Training charities, and it is great to see them back on the water, providing such valuable experiences for young people from all over the UK.
Sail Training is such a positive, life-affirming experience, that can make a huge difference to young people who have been stuck indoors, anxious, and not able to socialise. ASTO and all our members firmly believe that Sail Training adventures can help restore some sense of normality, fun, and hope to the young people taking part.
Donald Searle will participate against a range of vessels from traditional Schooners to modern charter yachts and we wish eveyone participing fair winds and a following tide.