New Hawk 20 proving popular
We were pleased to purchase a new Hawk 20 keelboat over the winter and are even more pleased to have recently secured funding for a second one from Sport England.
We will be able to expand the programme using these two boats, and we can fit more young people in a boat and they are more able to take part in the various roles on board the boat.
The programme has been running throughout the winter and we have experienced perfect sailing weather recently with blue skies and light winds to enjoy the new Hawk 20.
We have expanded the programme and now work with 6 local schools and we have plans to continue expanding through 2019!
Autumn Schools Programme
We have been really enjoying the lovely weather in Portsmouth for the start of our Autumn programme here at PSTT. Currently we are working with four schools, taking groups of young people sailing weekly and as you can see from the photo here they are really enjoying being out in the sunshine and on the water.
As we all know, being outside in or on the water and taking part in exercise has so many positive benefits. These young people experience a boost in self confidence from trying out something new, have positive social interactions as they work together as a team to sail the boat, and learn resilience as they overcome the challenges of learning a new sport. All of this – and it’s lots of fun as well!
HMS Bristol Regatta
Just before the schools broke up for the summer, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust hosted the annual HMS Bristol Regatta in Portsmouth Harbour with the prize giving on board HMS Bristol, Whale Island.
There was some excellent and close racing with students from Miltoncross Academy, St Edmunds School and Charter Academy; all showing how much they’ve learnt about sailing throughout the year!
We invited lots of supporters and donors as well as the local press and parents to join us for the prize giving, with Charter Academy taking the overall winning school award, and Matthew Brittan from St Edmunds School taking the coveted Haslar Marina award for the Standout Achiever of the year!
The weather was perfect for us, and the two days sailing and prize giving celebration was enjoyed by everyone! A fabulous way to round off the school year! Posted July 2018
St Edmunds School
Portsmouth Sail Training Trust hosted local inner-city school St Edmunds for their first ever Aiming High sailing session just before half term. They are looking forward to their next one this week! These sessions are aimed at children who suffer with physical or mental health disabilities, it gives them the chance to try and learn sailing when they might not have had the opportunity to before. They all had a brilliant time despite the rain and are looking forward to coming back. This is just one of the charitable programmes supported by the Andrew Simpson Foundation and with the operation of the PSTT we are looking forward to giving access to sailing and water sports for many more children to come. Posted June 2018.
Ark Charter Academy
“With the recent spell of good weather, we have been really loving getting more and more Portsmouth young people out on the water. Pupils from Ark Charter Academy have recently started an after school sailing club from our base in the Naval Dockyard and they are pictured here (sailing with Instructor Ciaran) enjoying the sunshine in our squibs sailing out of Haslar Marina".
Through this club pupils will learn to sail and achieve their RYA Stage 1 Keelboat Sailing Certificate, but also will learn and develop a whole host of life skills such as communication, team work, building resilience, decision making and problem solving. If you would like to set up a sailing club for your school or group please contact us. Posted May 2018.