In 2013 we raced in the Baltic Tall Ships Race as far as Helsinki.
One of our Race One crew, Hugo Pickup, is already training as a mate and sailing regularly with us again. Tai Anna who crewed in the second race is now our trainee mate.
The mother of two youngsters who did the ASTO race to Cowes in August said,
“They have had a fantastic experience and talked of nothing else last night.” See a 12 year old’s story.
Angus Wilkes raced from Denmark when the crew had to be transferred to a Dutch boat because of engine failure and wrote afterwards,
“Dear David, I am writing to thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to sail in the Tall Ships Races. I had one of the best times of my life. It was great to get involved with. I was very sorry about Leila’s engine – it was such a disappointment not to be able to do the trip on her. Nevertheless it was a great relief that we got to do the Race on De Gallant. Both on Leila and de Gallant I got to meet lots of new people. In some sense you were very lucky as you missed the storm and bad weather! You must have worked very quickly to get a new engine installed and make it to Helsinki only one day after we arrived. I loved Aarhus, it was great to spend time with everyone before we set off – the start line was an unforgettable sight. All of the ships at sea with their sails up is an image I shall never forget. It was lucky that it was so calm as we spent most of the day stationary and we were able to get a great view around us. I never would have imagined sailing across the Baltic Sea had somebody said that 12 months ago. I already want to do it again possibly next year!Thanks again, Angus”