Sail Training International Youth (STIY)

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

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 (Germany)
Eva Costard is a 22-year-old student at the University of Witten/Herdecke studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics. She first started sailing on yachts in Sweden when she was little, but paused until 2011 when she first joined the barque Alexander von Humboldt for The Tall Ships Races for four weeks (Lerwick – Halmstad – Stavanger) and again in 2012 (Lisbon – Cadiz – La Coruna). She is a deckhand now and is sailing other Sail Training ships as well like the schooner yacht Esprit. Eva also assists the youth representatives of the Sail Training Association Germany. In August 2013 she will join an international youth exchange as mentor onboard the barquentine Thalassa in cooperation with the organization At Sea Sail Training.

Australia – Rebecca Kuehn Belgium – Anousch Vallaeys Bermuda – VACANT

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

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

Hungary – Balint Veer Ireland – Aoife Ledwidge-O’Brien Italy – VACANT

Latvia – Reinis Gedzuns Netherlands – Michelle Rutten New Zealand – Peter Renshaw

Norway – Ragnar Lura Poland – VACANT Portugal – Marta Martins

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

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