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The various groups and entities that manage the affairs and activities of Sail Training International are described below.



Our Members are the National Sail Training Organisations of:


Australia & New Zealand Finland Italy Portugal
Belgium France Japan South Africa
Bermuda Germany Latvia Spain
Canada Greece Lithuania Sweden
Croatia Hungary Netherlands United Kingdom
Denmark India Norway  United States of America
Estonia Ireland Poland


See our Full List of Member Organisations

International Council

The International Council comprises the representatives of Member organisations and a number of others with particular expertise and experience. The purpose of the International Council is to review, contribute to and approve policies, plans and budgets for implementation by the Trustees of the Charity and Directors of Subsidiary Companies. It also acts as an advisory body to the Trustees and Directors of Subsidiary Companies and approves the membership of a Governance and Audit Committee.The Trustees are elected by the representatives of Member organisations and are responsible for managing the Charity’s affairs. They also appoint the boards of Directors of Subsidiary Companies and various Committees and Working Groups for specific projects.

Governance and Audit Committee

The Governance and Audit Committee represents Members’ interests by providing independent oversight of the financial and other systems and policies of the Charity and its Subsidiary Companies. The Committee has independent access to STI’s auditors, and to the staff and records of the Charity and its Subsidiary Companies. Its members are a qualified lawyer, a qualified accountant and a representative of Member organisations, none of whom may be Trustees of the Charity or Directors of a Subsidiary Company.

International Ships Council

The Sail Training International Ships Council was created to provide assistance and services specifically focused on the needs and interests of Class A sail training Tall Ship operators. Membership of the Forum already exceeds 60 operators, the overwhelming majority of the world’s Class A sail training fleet.

Goodwill Ambassadors

Sail Training International also has a number of International Goodwill Ambassadors. These are people with a strong and long affiliation with our organisation, its mission and principles. They are called upon occasionally to represent or support our interests with others. Currently they are: John Hamilton OBE, Captain Terry Hughes FNI FRIN, Sir Robin Knox Johnston CBE, Sean Flood, Dr Giovanni Novi and Rear Admiral Rothesay Swan AO CBE.

Subsidiary Companies

The board of Directors of the Subsidiary Company is responsible for managing the ‘trading’ activities of Sail Training International.

Tall Ships Races International Limited is responsible for staff and office infrastructure, the provision of financial and other services, and managing communications and marketing. It is also responsible for organising all our Tall Ships Races and Regattas and the STI annual conference and seminars.

The Race Operations Committee advises the board of directors on technical aspects of the races organised by Sail Training International, including course and port selection, racing and sailing rules and safety equipment requirements.

STI Youth Council

Young people are at the heart of Sail Training International’s purpose and activities. The STI Youth Council was launched in March 2009 to:

  • ensure the decision making entities and processes in Sail Training International take account of the views and interests of young people in developing strategies and activities for the future
  • enhance the credibility of the organisation and its focus on young people with key external organisations and authorities.

Organisational Structure DIAGRAM Key:

Dark blue – The charity and its constituent committees.

Pale blue – Subsidiary company wholly owned by the charity.

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