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Give Someone Their Chance to Shine at the Sail Training International Annual Awards


Posted on: 07.09.16

We’re searching for the brightest sail training stars of 2016… and we need your help.

Every year, we meet hundreds of exceptional individuals who truly shine in the world of sail training. They are dedicated to helping young people from around the world grab the opportunity to take part in the adventure of a lifetime. Now, it’s time to recognise them for all their hard work at the Sail Training International Annual Awards.

Who’s made a splash in your sail training world? Who inspires you? Who regularly demonstrates best practice? And who has made an extraordinary contribution? We believe that these people should receive the recognition they deserve by winning an award.

Jonathan Cheshire, Chairman of the Selection Committee for the STI Awards and STI Trustee:

“Everyone who has sailed in the Races or Regattas, or is involved in sail training outside of our events, will have come across well deserving candidates for the STI Awards this year. Tere have been some fantastic examples of best practice out in the field. So, it’s down to you to give these organisations and people the recognition they deserve and nominate them. It not only benefits them and the sail training community, but if you are a sail trainer you could even nominate yourself – which is a terrific marketing opportunity to promote your own organisation to an international audience. All you have to do it fill in a form – it’s that easy.”

The deadline for nominations is 1 October.

What are the Sail Training International Annual Awards?

  • We present these prestigious annual awards to individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to sail training over the past year.
  • The awards ceremony will take place at the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2016 in Halmstad, Sweden on 25 and 26 November.

Who can Apply?

  • We welcome nominations from everyone – sail training organisations, individuals and members (National Sail Training Organisations).
  • You can also nominate yourself or your own organisation.

How Do I Nominate an Individual/Organisation?

  • It’s easy to submit your nominations. Simply complete this form and return it to Amanda Goodden (amanda.goodden@sailtraininginternational.org) by the deadline of 1 October 2016.

Who Decides the Winners?

  • An STI Awards Committee will select the final winners.

What Are the Categories?

Sail Training Organisation of the Year

This is awarded to a sail training organisation that’s demonstrated excellence in “innovation” and “best practice” in sail training for young people.
There are two awards in this category: Large Vessel Organisation or Small Vessel Organisation.
members, sail training vessel operators, and individuals are all eligible to nominate in these categories.
Last year’s winner (Large Vessel Organisation): Bark Europa (The Netherlands).
Last year’s winner (Small Vessel Organisation): Spirit of Bermuda (Bermuda).

Sail Trainer of the Year

This award recognises a high-performing professional sail trainer (over 25 years old) who delivers the sail training programme for young people at sea.
Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.
Last year’s winner: Captain Maren Reif (Germany).

Young Sail Trainer of the Year

This award recognises a high-performing professional sail trainer (25 years old or under), who demonstrates the same qualities of the Sail Trainer of the Year.
Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.
Last year’s winner: Saimaniq Tamela, aged 17 (Canada).

Sail Training Volunteer of the Year

This award will be presented to a volunteer (over 25 years old), who has made an extraordinary contribution to his or her sail training organisation using their skills, talents, time and dedication.
Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.
Last year’s winner: Otto Stryhn (Sweden).

Young Sail Training Volunteer of the Year

This award will be presented to a volunteer (25 years old or under), who demonstrates the same qualities of the Sail Training Volunteer of the Year.
Sail training operators/organisations are eligible to nominate in these categories.
Last year’s winner: Robbie Crow (UK).
You can download the nomination form here. Please send it to Amanda Goodden (amanda.goodden@sailtraininginternational.org) before 1 October 2016.