Ten local youth development charities will take part in the Cowes Small Ships Race this weekend

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Ten local youth development charities will take part in the Cowes Small Ships Race this weekend

by Association of Sail Training Organizations Sep 22 09:18 PDT
September 24, 2022

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More than 230 young people from across the UK are expected to take part in a charity youth sailing race this weekend (Saturday 24 September).

The Cowes Small Ships Race is organized by the Gosport-based charity, ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations), with support from the Royal London Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Over the weekend, the fleet of over 20 vessels from 10 different sail training organizations are set to set sail from Cowes Yacht Haven and race around the canisters in the Solent. Participating organizations are all youth charities or organizations specializing in youth development.

Sail Training teaches young and disabled people the importance of teamwork, communication and other key skills they can use later in life. Sailing training can also improve the mental health and well-being of young people as it can help build levels of self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

The Small Ships Race gives young people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and connect in a fun, friendly and competitive environment. The event, which usually takes place the first weekend in October, takes place a week earlier this year.

Lucy Grodie, Managing Director of ASTO, said: “I am delighted that so many of the British sail training vessels are returning to Cowes this weekend to take part in our annual small ship race. Not only is it a great opportunity for the young people who take part, but it also allows our UK Sail Training members to celebrate a successful season.

She added: “The world is still feeling the effects of the pandemic, but Sail Training is thriving again and providing positive, life-changing experiences for so many young people and people with disabilities across the country.”

Follow UK Sail Training on social media to see all the latest Small Ships Race updates and learn more about our work. @UKSailTraining.

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