Sail Training International Annual Awards

17 February 2010

Sail Training International Annual Awards
The Annual Sail Training International awards were made during the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference in Istanbul, 20-21 November 2009.

The awards presented were:

The 'Best Newcomer' Tall Ships Races and Regattas Trophy
.  Presented to the 'best newcomer' in any of The Tall Ships' Races and Regattas that Sail Training runs that year. With such a large fleet, there were many worthy candidates but the 'Best Newcomer' award for 2009 goes to:

Tre Kronor of Stockholm (Sweden) - Tobias Osterberg

The Great Loyalty' Tall Ships Races and Regattas Trophy
is awarded is awarded to the vessel which has shown 'great loyalty' in any of The Tall Ships' Races and Regattas that Sail Training runs that year. This goes to a vessel that has been entering our races for 16 years. She is a large privately owned yacht that has always encompassed the sail training spirit of friendly competition and international understanding. She also has a wonderful reputation of throwing some of the best parties for the crews and trainees from competing ships. The 'Great Loyalty' award for 2009 goes to:

Anwterp Flyer (Belgium) - Gert and Katrien Van den Driesshe

The Boston Teapot Trophy is awarded to the ship which, at any time between 1 October and 30 September, covers the greatest distance in any period of 124hrs, which is 5 days and 4 hours WITH a sail training crew on board.

There were five very respectable entries during this year from ships that had achieved over 1,000 nautical miles but the winning ship covered an outstanding 1,230 nautical miles in the 124 hour period between 20:00 31 July and 24:00 5 August 2009, with speed reaching over 16 knots at times. This year the Boston Teapot trophy is awarded to he Portuguese naval Barque Sagres and here to receive the trophy is her commanding officer; Comandant Luis Mendes

Sail Training International introduced six new annual awards in 2007 to recognise a wider range of individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to sail training during the past year.

Sail Trainer of the Year (Professional)

This award was donated by the family and friends of the late Captain Paul Canter and is awarded to professional sail trainers to encourage high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people.

This award goes to a highly respected and deeply experienced sail training Captain who has been the Commanding officer of the beautiful schooner Etoile from the French Navy for several years. He has been awarded this trophy because of his outstanding contribution, achievement and leadership during the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009. It would not be fair if we did not recognise the significant support and contribution that his fellow captain of Belle Poule Olivier Bosquain gave to him and the TSAC project but there is just the one award sadly and it goes to:

Lieutenant de Vaisseau Patrice L'Hour

Young Sail Trainer of the Year (Professional)


This award was donated by Tom Gotchberg and is presented to high-performing young individuals who deliver sail training programmes.

This award goes to an exceptional young man who first sailed on his ship as a 16 year old cadet in the summer of 2000 and returned as a trainee for a circumnavigation in 2003-04. He originally joined his ship as a second mate but when the first mate had to drop out he was promoted to Chief Mate where he rose to the challenge and proved himself to be an outstanding teacher, manager and seaman as well as an excellent role model for trainees. From Picton Castle:

Michael Moreland

Sail Training Volunteer of the Year

This award was donated by Admiral Rothsay Swan and is presented to a volunteer in the sail training movement who has made an extraordinary contribution to the organisation they serve.
This ward goes to someone who has made a notable contribution to helping many young people go through a life-changing experience. She not only has a remarkable ability to communicate and engage with teenagers at their level which means she can develop a trust and rapport with them, but she is also a talented fundraiser. She has single handedly raised a great deal of money to help cover the cost of voyage fees. She is a great ambassador for the Spirit of New Zealand Trust.

Sheila Budgen

Young Sail Training Volunteer of the Year

This award was donated by Janka Bielak and is also presented to a young volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to the organisation they serve.

This award goes to one of the most active crew members of Aporvela's Caravelle, Vera Cruz During 2009 he took part in most of their trips and events as well as the first leg of Tall Ships Races Baltic 2009 as a trainee on Flying Dutchman. His seamanship and hard work was rewarded with an invitation to stay aboard and work as a deckhand for the rest of the race. Though young, he is a confident sailor and is a role model for the younger trainees and the members of his watch can always expect trustworthy leadership and helpful advice.

André Nogueira de Melo (Received by Antonio Lobato, Country Representative, Portugal)

Sail Training Organisation of the Year (Large vessels)

This award was donated by the Black Pearl Sail Training Trust in the US in memory of Barclay Warburton III, founder of the American Sail Training Association and is awarded to an organisation that operates a large sail training vessel for demonstrating excellence in 'innovation' and 'best practice' in sail training for young people.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is probably the only non-Government organisation in the world operating two Class A vessels. Both ships were purpose designed and built to ensure that people with a range of disabilities (including wheelchair users) are able to take a full and active part in our sail training programme. The JST uses sail training to promote integration between able-bodied and physically disabled people. They also operate a special programme for young people aged 16-25 (Leadership@Sea).

Jubilee Sailing Trust - (Received by Amanda Butcher CEO, JST)

Sail Training Organisation of the Year (Small Vessels)

This award was donated by friends of the late Vicki Scott and is also awarded to an organisation that operates a smaller sail training vessel for demonstrating excellence in 'innovation' and 'best practice' in sail training for young people.

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association is a non-profit organisation bringing maritime history to life through support of maritime preservation and education programs since 1950. The Explorers Programme is a field trip for young students aboard the traditionally rigged 117-year-old National Historic Landmark Vessel Alma. One of the unique aspects of the Explorers programme is that it completely immerses the students in the ships' environment and enforces the notion that they are the crew.

The teachers that bring their classes to the Explorers programme face many challenges daily with their particular group of students ranging from learning disabilities to behaviour problems (and everything in between). Those same teachers consistently report changes in their classes both during and after the programme.

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association (Received by Mike Rauworth ASTA President)

The Janka Bielak Medal


This is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to international understanding and friendship through sail training.

Gennadiy Kolomenskiy past Captain and present Master Supervisor of Kruzenshtern (Received by Mikhael Novikov current master ofKruzenshtern

The Robin Duchesne Memorial Trophy, otherwise know as 'Robin's Hat'


Robin's Hat is awarded every year by the Trustees of Sail Training International for 'outstanding services' to sail training.

STA Bermuda for their long-term and continued commitment to sail training. As in Tall Ships 2000, Bermuda ran a first-class Trainee Placement programmes during Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 and their sail training programme aboard Spirit of Bermuda has been an excellent example over the past few years.
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