It's the final countdown
It's the final countdown to The Tall Ships Races 2013 and preparations are all in place for one of the biggest international shows on the sea.
Across the world. thousands of trainees - many new to sail training and Tall Ships racing - will be counting down the days before stepping on board a ship, most for the first time. They are about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, rich with experiences, challenge and friendship.
I wish you all fair winds!
- Doug Prothero, Chairman, Sail Training International
What's in this issue?
Whether you are a vessel taking part, a trainee, a visitor coming to one of the port events or simply a fan of beautiful Tall Ships - this edition of The Masthead has something for everyone.
Meet four sail training enthusiasts in our People section, who have made sail training a permanent fixture in their lives - proving the point that sail training really is for everyone, everywhere.
We all care deeply about our marine environment and this year The Tall Ships Races is supporting a campaign to save the Baltic Sea. We're also urging all competing vessels to sign up to our Blue Flag Scheme and pledge to play their part in protecting the seas they sail.
How do you attract young people to take part in Tall Ship Races and sail training activities? Read our discussion on the latest sail training marketing ideas and thinking - and please, share yours!
Inspired to take part in a future event? Check our list of diary dates for other events this year and our future race plans.
Take a trip Around the world for news and announcements about events and the activities of our international Sail Training Organisations.
Plus, inspiration from our sail training supporter double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson; a quest to meet your sailing pets and a special offer from our navigation gurus Yellow Brick.