December 2012



Welcome to the first edition of The Masthead, Sail Training International’s NEW e-magazine for international news and views about Tall Ships, Small Ships and Sail Training.

Riga City

In this issue we look back at the annual International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference in Riga, Latvia in November 2012.   

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A year into his job Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Sail Training International spoke in the opening plenary about his learning curve so far.



Crowd"The Tall Ships Races 2012 were a relatively small series with 55 ships from 20 countries, six ports, 7000 trainees of 31 nationalities, four million spectators. Seeing what a great show we made in the ports, at the Parades of Sail, at the Prizegiving and the Crew Parades I can’t quite imagine what next year will be like when we expect twice as many. I thought it was just talk to say that ours are the biggest sporting events outside the Olympics, but now I’ve seen it and I know it’s true.

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Nigel RoweNigel Rowe, former Chairman of the STI Board and of two of the trading subsidiaries, Sail Training International Group Ltd and Tall Ships International Ltd, stepped down from his position this year.

Nigel has been involved with STI since the founding of the charity in 2002, and before that for two years as a trustee of the Sail Training Association, out of which STI came.

It was Nigel’s leadership, energy and drive that got STI started and won the support of others, some of whom are still active supporters or office holders. The Trustees invited Nigel to be a Patron of STI to assist and support the charity with a portfolio of projects mandated by the Trustees, and he accepted. His knowledge and experience will continue to be of great value to STI.

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Three exciting new Tall Ship race opportunities were launched at this year's conference.


Race diary dates:

  • Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta (September-October 2013)
  • Sydney - Auckland Regatta (September - October 2013)
  • SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta (May 2014)
  • PLUS ... The Tall Ships Races (July - August 2013)

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The Masthead is a new e-magazine produced by Sail Training International, aimed at everyone with an interest in sail training and the Tall Ships Races and Regattas.  

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Editorial deadline: Monday 18 February

Publication: March 2013

Magic and wonder

Sunset in the bay of Biscay

“The magic is in the ships and the sea, in the stack of canvas straining to the wind, of the heave and lift of the vessel, the streaming wake and the spray across the deck.

“If you could distil all that, you would have something utterly unique and beyond price.“The wonder is in the experience of the trainees as they see their first sunset and dawn at sea, look up at the vividness of the stars, or gaze sadly into the bottom of a bucket, as they learn to trust each other and themselves as part of the team, as they realise how much more they have inside themselves than they ever believed, as they go home exhausted - and immediately make plans to do it all again.

“And of course, we have distilled it: we call it The Tall Ships.”

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