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Article courtesy of RYA News
"A Bishops Waltham volunteer will be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA.
The Award is in recognition of his commitment to helping people with disabilities become involved with sailing.
Chris Williams OBE has been nominated for the RYA’s Francis Elkin Award, which is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in time, effort and personal endeavour to enable people with disabilities to become involved in sailing.
Chris has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He will receive his award at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 24 November.
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This year's race was very windy with strong tides, making for a fast and exciting race. The fleet headed through the forts and towards Bembridge Ledge before returning to finish off Cowes. 22 vessels were entered although only 20 competed. Newcomers included Ocean Youth Trust South's new vessel Prolific, and the Sea Cadets' new yacht City of London. As in the last few years, Spirit of Scott Bader competed in a class of their own, with people with various disabilities on board. Full Race Results can be found here, pictures of the race here and pictures of the prize giving here.
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Photo: Young people meet for the first time before the start of the Tall Ships Race
Challenge Wales | Wales’ Tall Ship is set to return back to Cardiff after her biggest adventure yet after sailing over 4,000 miles this summer, crewed by mainly Welsh young people, and having represented Wales and the UK in one of the largest youth and cultural events in Europe.
After being away from Cardiff for almost 80 days she is set to return to her home port on Friday 25th August, just in time for being a feature boat at the Cardiff Harbour Festival on the Bank Holiday August weekend.
Photo: Challenge Wales racing in Finland
During her travels she visited no fewer than 11 countries, including Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Holland and 35 different ports. She motored through 3 canals, welcomed 10 different nationalities onboard and encountered wind speeds from a frustrating 0 knots to an exhilarating 42 knots.
The entire journey had different young people onboard, many of them from Wales with voyages ranging from 8 to 14 days. And, the Challenge Wales volunteer crew donated over 9,000 hours of their time to sail the boat, and mentor the young people, on this epic adventure.
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126 days after having set sail from Largs on the West coast of Scotland, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017 Voyage were welcomed back to their starting point today by an ecstatic host of friends, family and supporters as they completed their circumnavigation of the British Isles.
Since the voyage began on 20 May, over 125 young people in recovery from cancer from across the UK have been involved in the project, covering 2,206 nautical miles in 17 legs
CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Frank Fletcher, said: "It is with huge pride that I stand up here today and welcome home Moonspray [the voyage yacht]. This summer, the Trust has taken over 550 young people sailing from around the UK of which Round Britain has played a huge part. The achievements and future potential of every single one of those young people continues to inspire me. To watch this voyage touch so many people around the UK and to see the combined achievements of this Trust crew has been amazing."
The final leg of the voyage left Belfast on Tuesday 19 September with a night stop in Glenarm, Northern Ireland, before making the last major passage of the voyage, across the Northern Channel to Scotland.
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The Tall Ships Youth Trust have announced that their 60 m Brig, Stavros S Niarchos, is to be put up for auction in September. A statement from the Trust says; 'This is is a sad moment for everybody, but delivering our mission to help disadvantaged young people is no longer achievable with the Stavros. We want to replace her with a more cost-effective and affordable ship.'
'C.W. Kellock & Co. Ltd, a London based shipbroker with nearly 200 years of experience, has been appointed to run a public closed bid auction that finishes on 20th September. With their expertise, we are confident that this option will produce the very best outcome for the Trust.'
Details of the auction are on https://www.eggarforresterships.com/auctions/STAVROS-S-NIARCHOS There is no reserve price, although those that can't wait can buy the ship now for £ 3.5 Million.