Sail Training International Youth (STIY)

Biographies of the members of STI Youth Council are listed below.

Chairman (United Kingdom)
Robbie Crow began sailing in 2005 onboard the sail training vessel Alba Venturer, operated by Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Having sailed with OYT Scotland and various other international sail trainers, Robbie was selected as the Youth Council Representative for the United Kingdom in 2012, when he was also elected Vice Chairman of the STI Youth Council. Robbie took over the helm of the council in 2013 as its third Chairman.

Having completed a degree in Marketing, Robbie sits on the Board of Trustees for numerous charities in the UK, including one sail training organisation, is a blogger for the Huffington Post, is a keen traditional musician and is a regular public & after dinner speaker.


Vice Chairman (USA)
Brian Holmen
is currently studying business at the University of Utah to get a degree in Business Administration. Having grown up in Park City, Utah was a little difficult to go sailing, but he was able to make it out to Los Angeles every summer to go sailing on the brigantine Irving Johnson. In the summer of 2008 he got the opportunity to sail aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter, the “Eagle” from Los Angeles to San Diego as part of Pacific Coast Tall Ship Challenge. In 2010 he sailed on the Europa from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth as part of the Great Lakes Tall Ship Challenge. He looks forward to continuing his involvement with the Tall Ships Challenges in the United States and Europe.


Secretary (Portugal)
Marta Martins
, who started sailing on the summer of 2012, has her heart divided between her passions.  She is studying to be a verinarian, but she also loves sailing and sail training. Her first sailing experience was onboard Caravela Vera Cruz, during the Tall Ships Races 2012, and she was so fond of it that she couldn't stop herself from craving for more adventure! During the year that followed, she joined Aporvela on their trips onboard of the Caravela Vera Cruz, she sailed on the NTM Creoula and she started sailing on Laser. She is now developing several projects for portuguese youth at Aporvela and she is excited to continue learning and embracing new trips and adventures!

Australia – Kaela Sparre Belgium – Anousch Vallaeys Bermuda – VACANT

Canada – Christine Chesterman     Czech Republic – Tomáš Hollein Denmark – Asbjørn Jeppersen


Estonia – Linda Ormus Finland – Anni Peljo                    France – Martin Blouet


 Germany - Eva Costard              Hungary – Balint Veer                 Italy - Vacant


  Ireland - Aoife Ledwidge-O’Brien Latvia – Reinis Gedzuns Netherlands – Michelle Rutten 


New ZealandPeter Renshaw     Norway – Ragnar Lura Poland – VACANT 



South Africa Spain – Jose Sotomayor Sweden – Anna Larsson
Linsay Oberholzer
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