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I am glad to see that efforts are being made to restore the national sail training programme, but less sanguine about reposing any confidence in the present Government to give practical assistance.

I talked a few weeks ago with the Irish Sailing Association's Chief Executive about their involvement in moves to establish a new sail training organisation to replace Coiste an Asgard, which the Government abandoned. Harry Hermon told me that the ISA had been examining the possibilities of what could be done. They were providing a forum which has now led to the setting-up of a steering group aimed at establishing a new organisation, Sail Training Ireland.

Sail Training International which organises the Tall Ships Races has given support. The Tall Ships Race will start from Waterford Port next year and is due into Dublin in 2012.

Nigel Rowe, Chairman of the international body, has expressed confidence that the current moves will result in a plan to continue sail training in Ireland. Sail Training International has awarded a bursary to the emerging Irish organisation, providing financial support for young Irish sailors in the 2011 and 2012 races.

The ISA working group says it will make a formal launch of its plans in the next few weeks. At present it is putting together a feasibility study and a business plan which will be presented to the Government in the New Year.

While the ISA move is welcome, I wonder about the value of presenting a plan to the existing Government which destroyed sail training, abandoned Asgard II on the seabed off France and used the insurance compensation money for purposes other than sail training.

I understand that other groups, who may differ with the ISA approach, have been planning their own moves in sail training and that the ISA decided to establish its position in public first.

It also has to be noted that there was criticism of the former Coiste an Asgard committee which did not make any moves in public to oppose the Government closure, on financial grounds, of the sail training programme.

It would be regrettable if differences delayed positive developments, but a united approach, involving the widest possible support to the restoration of sail training would be best.

• This article is reprinted by permission of the EVENING ECHO newspaper, Cork, where Tom MacSweeney writes maritime columns twice weekly. Evening Echo website: www.eecho.ie

Published in Island Nation

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A 68-year-old sailing volunteer fell to his death over the weekend from the yardarm of a tall ship. Gregory Vance Gushaw was preparing the Star of India, a 205-foot windjammer, to set sail when he slipped off his spot on the rigging, falling 50 feet and hitting a shroud before plunging into the water. Attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The boat was docked in San Diego, where it is owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum, of which Gushaw was a trustee.

The Star of India is considered the oldest working sailing boat afloat, built in 1863 in the Isle of Man.

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The Lord Nelson struck a lovely sailing pose crossing Dublin Bay this week. The disabled sail training vessel berthed overnight in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Gareth Craig photographed her leaving. Images on the gallery now. 

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Published in Tall Ships

In advance of the return of The Tall Ships Races to Waterford in 2011, 20 young people are being offered a unique opportunity to experience life on the ocean and take part in the 2010 Race as a Trainee crew member.

Waterford City Council is offering 20 young people sponsorship of €500 to participate in one of the most exciting legs of this year's race, sailing from Kristiansand in Norway to Hartlepool in the UK. Those interested should contact [email protected] or phone 051 849640 by 15th May 2010. Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Halligan said, “We recognise the sail training programme as one of the most important aspects of The Tall Ships Races. Becoming a trainee crew member offers young people an incredible experience and through this sponsorship, Waterford City Council is making it easier than ever before for young people to participate. Supporting the sail training experience is something we are very happy to do and marks our commitment to the event, which will return to Waterford in 2011.”

Young people from over 30 countries will take part in this unique event that combines four days of activities in each port. Becoming a crew member on one of the ships is not only a fantastic adventure, but is also seen as hugely positive in the personal development of those taking part. Being part of the crew involves discipline and hard work, but lifelong friendships are built and the fun had by those on-board makes for an unforgettable and life-changing experience.

The voyage for the 20 successful applicants begins on Friday 30th July, or Saturday 31st July (depending on the vessel chosen by the Trainee) and finishes either on Sunday, 8th August or Monday, 9th August 2010. Applicants for the programme must be at least 18 and no older than 25 years old by 30th June, 2010. No prior sailing experience is required, just a thirst for adventure and willingness to participate in a dedicated and hardworking sail team.

Full fees for the programme are expected to be in the region of €1,000 (of which, €500 will be subsidised) and includes the flight to Norway and return flight from the UK. Those unable to join The Tall Ships Races this year can still apply for one of 100 places available next year, by contacting [email protected]

The Tall Ships Races will bring over 70 Tall Ships and their crews to Waterford in 2011, with over 500,000 people expected to attend the Tall Ships Festival for what will be Ireland’s biggest festival next year. The Tall Ships Races are presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International. Further information is available at www.waterfordtallshipsrace.ie and www.sailtraininginternational.org.

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