Sail Training International 2016 Awards
At the Halmstad International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2016, the annual awards for significant sail training achievement were presented to a diverse and international group of people, vessels and ports – who have all made the sail training world a better place.
Congratulations to all recipients, especially our own Rachel Norrie and Tony Cummings!
Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer under 25)
Rachel Norrie (Australia)
Awarded to a sail training volunteer under 26 to encourage high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people.

Rachel joined Leeuwin II as a volunteer two years ago, training and earning her first rating as Bosun’s Mate and puting her studies on hold to pursue a career in the maritime industry. A multi-skilled, dedicated and well-liked volunteer, Rachel received a scholarship from the Western Australian Department for Training and Workforce Development as part of a programme to support women in non-traditional industries, and in 2016 was chosen to join the Woodside Leeuwin Marine Career Pathway Programme, enabling her to complete her Masters and her MED2 qualifications.
Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer over 25)
Tony Cummings (New Zealand)

Awarded to a sail training volunteer to encourage high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people.
Tony is a volunteer watch assistant, relief mate and port contact with Spirit of New Zealand. He joined her in the early 1990s for a weekend, and his enthusiasm has never flagged. Whenever the Trust’s two ships were in his home of Dunedin, Tony was there, often with his wife, providing meals, assisting departing and incoming trainees, arranging transport, helping with publicity, maintenance, and joining the crew for day sails. His voyage record is unequalled by any volunteer in the Spirit of Adventure Trust’s 43-year history.

The 2016 AUSTA Annual General Meeting will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, at 5:00pm on Friday 10 February 2017.  

Nominations will be sought for the following positions:

o   President

o   Vice President

o   Secretary

o   Treasurer

o   Membership Officer

o   Youth Delegate

o   General Committee

AUSTA Operators are also invited to submit nominations for the AUSTA Billy Can Trophy and AUSTA Medallions. Nominations will be called for in the coming weeks.  

Enquiries can be sent to .

Positions Vacant/Crew Listing


 Positions Vacant/Crew Listing


Julie Burgess
Follow the link to see what positions are being offered on the fleet of tall ships both here and aboard. Also see who may be wanting to sail with you.