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STAR Collaborations

In addition to the list below, Sail Training International requests that readers of this article submit information on their own sail training and Rotary collaborations so that they may be added.  Please forward a brief description of  your STAR project to Hal Barstow.


The Toronto Brigantines organization received funding for the engine of the vessel Playfair from the Rotary club of Toronto.

Since the early 1990’s

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), operators of the tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious (both of which are specifically designed to accommodate disabled sail trainees), has a two decade history of STAR partnership with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  Nearly 800 RIBI Rotary clubs have joined up with JST to help subsidise disabled trainees. As a component of their STAR collaboration, the JST also participates in a Rotary sail and lunch at the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight, U.K. on a regular basis.


The Rotary Club of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada sponsored a youth group aboard the barque Europain the 2002 ASTA Tall Ships Challenge® on the Pacific Coast.


Rotary clubs in and around Fredrikstad, Norway (Rotary District 2260) sponsored 25 young trainees aboard the Norwegian vessel Christian Radich and found sponsors for nearly 100 others aboard vessels for the 2005 STI Tall Ships’ Race from Newcastle Gateshead, U.K. to Fredrikstad.  A working group of Rotarians from Rotary District 2260 continues to actively promote the STAR relationship in anticipation of providing financial assistance to young trainees sailing in The Tall Ships Races calling at Norwegian ports.


Sail Training International partnered with the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians to staff a booth at the Rotary International Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) began offering tours of its twin brigantines in conjunction with annual visits by members of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles to the Port of Los Angeles.  During the tours, Rotarians receive information regarding LAMI’s award-winning TopSail Youth Program.


Sail Training International, in partnershhip with sail training organisations and race ports financed and staffed a booth at the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles, California.

The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians chartered the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson for their Post Convention Cruise.


After receiving the first-ever grant from the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians, fourteen young people from around the world sailed with the Italian Navy’s brigantine Nave Italia (ex Swan Fan Makkum) for a voyage from Civitavecchia, Italy to Corsica to participate in the youth portion of a G8 Summit meeting.

The Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield, U.K. teamed up with the Tall Ships Youth Trust to sponsor young people on voyages aboard Stavros S Niarchos.  Each entity contributed 40 per cent of the cost and each individual participant paid 20 percent.


The Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., as its 100th anniversary project, was the City of Cleveland Port Organizer for the American Sail Training Association (now Tall Ships America) Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge Series®.

The Rotary Club of Cleveland, through its club charitable foundation, created Project YESS (Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing) in a collaboration with the Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. vessel Niagra, as an ongoing program to provide sail training adventures for youth.

The Newport Harbor, California fleet of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians chartered a brigantine operated by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for a harbor cruise and wine tasting.  This will be repeated in 2012.

The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians grant program partially funded several projects involving sail training vessels.  These included: IYFR and its Italian fleets provided funds for desalinators for Nave Italia and for a day at sea for youth with disabilities; IYFR and the Newport Harbor, California fleet funded a sail training experience aboard a Los Angeles Maritime Institute vessel for Rotary Youth Exchange students from seven countries; IYFR and the San Francisco, California fleet provided a three day sail training and marine biology experience for ten La Paz, Mexico teenagers aboard the Sausalito, California based schooner Seaward, operated by Call of the Sea.


The Nibe Rotary club and the Aalborg City Rotary club, both in Denmark, organized a Sail Training Marine Camp for 30 Rotary long-term Youth Exchange Students from all continents.  During the six day voyage they were trained on board the barkentine “LOA” ( homeport Aalborg, Denmark).  Every evening the ship visited a new harbour and attended receptions at local Rotary Clubs. In Aalborg, the lord mayor hosted a formal reception at the harbourfront. A short video about the tour in 2012 is available at


In 2013 the Danish Sail Training Marine Camp took place again with 35 Rotary Youth Exchange students.  Six harbours in Denmark were visited over six days.  A short video from the 2013 sailing expedition with English introduction is available at


The Danish Sail Training Marine Camp for Rotary Youth Exchange will be repeated aboard the barkentine LOA of Aalborg Denmark. It will be announced as a STAR collaboration project.

The Tall Ships Races 2021 Update

Tall Ships Races International Ltd. and the Tall Ships Races 2021 Host Ports of Klaipeda, Tallinn and Szczecin, have jointly agreed to cancel The Tall Ships Races 2021.

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