Award nominations deadline extended

14 October 2013

Award nominations deadline extended
The closing date for award nominations has been extended to midnight, Tuesday 29 October - to award those who have made a significant contribution to sail training this year.

Sail training operators/organisations are invited to nominate for awards which are presented to individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the international sail training industry. They are decided by an STI Awards Committee and will be presented at Sail Training International’s Annual Conference in Aalborg, Denmark (Friday 15 – Saturday 16 November).

Ron Dadswell, Chairman of the Selection Committee for the STI Awards said, "I find it difficult to believe that in this year's sail training season every national member of STI has not, through its own members, found deserving candidates for the STI Awards. We've had a reasonable response, but not a wide enough geographical spread. It’s down to you to give these organisations and people the recognition they deserve and nominate them before the deadline.  They really do deserve to be recognised for their efforts, which has had such a positive influence on the lives of the young people they’ve worked with."


How to nominate?
Download and complete an application form and email it to Amanda Goodden with ‘Annual Awards’ in the subject line before the deadline expires at midnight, Tuesday 29 October 2013. 

The following awards are open for nominations:

Sail Training Organisation of the Year
Awarded to a sail training organisation that has demonstrated excellence in 'innovation' and 'best practice' in sail training for young people. 

Two awards:
- one for large vessels
- one for small vessels

NSTOs, sail training vessel operators and individuals are eligible to nominate in these categories.

Sail Trainer of the Year
Awarded to a professional sail trainer to encourage and recognise high-performing individuals who deliver the sail training programme for young people at sea. 

Two awards:
- a professional sail trainer older than 25 years
- a sail trainer aged 25 years, or younger

Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.

Sail Training Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to a volunteer in the sail training movement who has made an extraordinary contribution to the organisation they serve through their skills, talent, time and dedication. 

Two awards:
- a volunteer older than 25 years
- a volunteer aged 25 years, or younger

Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.

Join us at the International Sail Training Conference 

It's a perfect opportunity for the sail training community around the world to network, share practical advice, offer each other support and talk to experts.  

To find out more and register visit Sail Training International conference.

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For more information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International, Charles House, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, Hampshire, UK  PO12 1AH  

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 6367   Email:

Editor’s notes:

What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.

A two-minute film can be seen here.

About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.

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