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.
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Tall ship named sailor of the year

We are delighted to advise that the R. Tucker Thompson has been awarded the Northland Regional Council's Sailor of the Year Award

As the media noted, it's not every day that a ship gets awarded the Sailor of the Year, but then the R. Tucker Thompson is no ordinary ship. The award has been given in recognition of the work we have done with more than 1,300 youngsters over the past 10 years, helping them develop life skills, build resilience and growing their confidence. It is they who are all the sailors of the year, so we salute them. 

We have been particularly proud that as a Trust we've able to work with schools throughout the region, large and small, urban and rural as well as Kura, State and Private schools.  

We acknowledge the extremely hard working teachers who have helped us reach the students and in some cases, encourage and coax them to seize the opportunity. For some, that has meant driving the students to the ship to step on board. We also acknowledge the crew over the years that have contributed to this success as they are the ones that have worked with the sail trainees on board the ship. They have delivered voyages in challenging weather, with a wide range of trainees of differing ability and backgrounds. Our programmes continue to develop, and this year we are introducing a financial literacy component alongside our sailing, safety, navigation and environmental modules. 

For those of you have supported us, particularly those who have financially assisted, it is thanks to you that we have been able to run the voyages in the first place. A huge thank you belongs to you!

The full media article can be found here

We are of course still enrolling students and still seeking funding so if you know a young person who would benefit from a 7-day voyage, please get in touch. If you'd like to sponsor a child or make a contribution towards a place, we'd love to hear from you.