Young people are at the heart of Sail Training International’s purpose and activities. STI Youth was launched in March 2009 and continues strongly to this day. The objectives of STI Youth are:
- To represent a youth voice in decision making within the Sail Training International community.
- To inspire, support and promote the involvement of young people in all aspects of sail training.
- To provide opportunities for the development of the next generation of sail training leaders.
- To support sail training communities in enabling young people to become active contributors.
- To promote individual growth through international friendships and multicultural understanding.
- To create a positive environment for the exchange of ideas and innovations.
- To support and assist Sail Training International to achieve its goals.
The Youth Council comprises of representatives from nearly every one of Sail Training International’s 26 member national sail training organisations (NSTOs), and it is hoped that all 26 members will have a representative in the future.
The STI Youth Council meets as a whole once a year in November at the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference, where they review the previous year and plan for the next. In addition, the Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary) meets during the International Council meeting in April of each year.
Their goals are:
- To create a promotional toolkit to encourage sail training everywhere.
- Supporting the development and growth of youth/trainee alumni groups in national sail training organisations, thereby expanding and improving the network of contact between youth who have been or may become engaged in sail training.
- To serve in an advisory capacity to Sail Training International as it develops its social networking and web based connections with youth and creating and implementing a communications strategy for STIY.
- To advise in the creation of a template for abuse prevention policies amongst sail trainers world wide.
- To prepare and deliver youth oriented workshops.
- To hold a youth social event.
- Spearheading the reintroduction of inter-ship exchanges during the Cruise in Company leg of the International Tall Ships Races.
- To further the presence of STI Youth at port-events during the International Tall Ships Races.
Chairman (United Kingdom)
Robbie Crow began sailing in 2005 onboard the sail training vessel Alba Venturer, operated by Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Having sailed with OYT Scotland and various other international sail trainers, Robbie was selected as the Youth Council Representative for the United Kingdom in 2012, when he was also elected Vice Chairman of the STI Youth Council. Robbie took over the helm of the council in 2013 as its third Chairman.
Having completed a degree in Marketing, Robbie sits on the Board of Trustees for numerous charities in the UK, including one sail training organisation, is a blogger for the Huffington Post, is a keen traditional musician and is a regular public & after dinner speaker.
Vice Chairman (USA)
Brian Holmen is currently studying business at the University of Utah to get a degree in Business Administration. Having grown up in Park City, Utah was a little difficult to go sailing, but he was able to make it out to Los Angeles every summer to go sailing on the brigantine Irving Johnson. In the summer of 2008 he got the opportunity to sail aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter, the “Eagle” from Los Angeles to San Diego as part of Pacific Coast Tall Ship Challenge. In 2010 he sailed on the Europa from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth as part of the Great Lakes Tall Ship Challenge. He looks forward to continuing his involvement with the Tall Ships Challenges in the United States and Europe.
Marta Martins, who started sailing on the summer of 2012, has her heart divided between her passions. She is studying to be a verinarian, but she also loves sailing and sail training. Her first sailing experience was onboard Caravela Vera Cruz, during the Tall Ships Races 2012, and she was so fond of it that she couldn’t stop herself from craving for more adventure! During the year that followed, she joined Aporvela on their trips onboard of the Caravela Vera Cruz, she sailed on the NTM Creoula and she started sailing on Laser. She is now developing several projects for portuguese youth at Aporvela and she is excited to continue learning and embracing new trips and adventures!
- Australia – Rebecca Kuehn
- Belgium – Anousch Vallaeys
- Bermuda – VACANT
- Canada – Christine Chesterman
- Czech Republic – Tomáš Hollein
- Denmark – Asbjørn Jeppersen
- Estonia – Linda Ormus
- Finland – Anni Peljo
- France – Martin Blouet
- Germany – Eva Costard
- Hungary – Balint Veer
- Italy – Vacant
- Ireland – Aoife Ledwidge-O’Brien
- Latvia – Reinis Gedzuns
- Netherlands – Michelle Rutten
- New Zealand – Peter Renshaw
- Norway – Ragnar Lura
- Poland – VACANT
- South Africa – Linsay Oberholzer
- Spain – Jose Sotomayor
- Sweden – Anna Larsson
- USA – Jessie Floyd
For queries about the STI Youth Council, or to contact any of its members, email firstname.lastname@example.org