Background & Membership of Sail Training International Ships Council (STISC)
The Tall Ships Forum (TSF) and Small Ships Forum (SSF) are advisory groups within Sail Training International that report to the Trustees, the International Council and Members on matters arising from regulatory, operational, financial and programmatic issues. The scope of work for these two bodies is established jointly by the Forums (STISC) and the Trustees, reflecting the mandate above and, generally, matters that relate to, and support, sail training.
Membership in STISC is open to all mono-hull sailing vessels (with a length waterline of over 9.14m/30ft) that undertake some sail training for young people, and comply with all legal and relevant regulations and manning requirements laid down by their flag state/national authority and are owned and operated by charities, foundations, Governments or commercial organisations. Members will be required to complete an application form declaring that they meet these criteria. Click here to download the membership application form or click here to fill the form in online.
Tall Ships Forum (formerly CATSF): will address the specific needs of vessels subject to the regulatory provisions of STCW/SOLAS (or military vessels). Existing members of CATSF will automatically be enrolled as TSF Members, unless membership in the SSF is the preferred option.
Small Ships Forum: will address the specific needs of vessels neither required by law nor voluntarily subscribing to STCW / SOLAS regulatory provisions.
The Ships Council is made up of the six Tall Ships Forum and Small Ships Forum Executive Committee members:
Small Ships Forum
Toby Marris (Ships Council and SSF Chairman)
Tall Ships Forum
Pedro Proença Mendes
The Ships Council meets twice a year.
The next meeting will be held in on Friday 31 March 2017.
Who can attend?
• A captain, or senior serving officer, of a member vessel and/or a senior member of staff or
trustee/director of the vessel operator.
• No more than two representatives per vessel.
• Others ONLY by invitation of the relevant chairman.
Please email Paul Bishop, Secretary of STISC for more information: