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Local Hampshire Schools Take Part in the 2019 HMS Bristol PSTT Regatta

Each year students who are on the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust programme get together for a day and a half of sail racing and an afternoon prize giving and tea on board HMS Bristol, Whale Island.

The HMS Bristol Regatta and prize giving is always a fantastic opportunity for some fun sailing, a little bit of healthy competition, and a celebration of everything that the young people have learnt and achieved over the year; not just watersports skills and qualifications, but life skills such as resilience, determination, teamwork and problem solving.

All of these skills and more were able to shine in the 2019 HMS Bristol Regatta on 11th – 12th July and it was a fantastic two days of racing and celebrations! The weather was perfect with sunshine and light winds (we perhaps could have asked for a little more wind on the first morning!) and there was some excellent, close and exciting racing.

On the afternoon of Friday 12th July, supporters and friends of PSTT gathered to be involved in the prize giving and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet. This was also a good opportunity for the PSTT Board of Trustees to thank the many people that support the PSTT Programme in so many ways – including financially and giving up their time in order to make this unique opportunity available for young people in Portsmouth.

George Harper from Bayhouse School won the Stannah Trophy for “Most Improved Individual of the Year” and the trophy was presented to him by Jon Stannah of the Stannah Foundation who have been big supporters of the programme for many years.

George Harper, Harbour School, and Jon Stannah, Stannah Foundation

Zac Kay from Harbour School won the Haslar Marina Trophy for the “Standout Individual of the Year” and the trophy was presented to him by Ben Lippiett from Haslar Marina who support the programme with reduced berthing in Haslar as well as in many other ways.

Don Manson, a very faithful and regular volunteer sailing instructor won the “Volunteer of the Year” award which was presented to him by Sam and Tom Bowman previous volunteers and supporters of the programme.

Don Manson, PSTT volunteer, presented by Sam and Tom Bowman previous volunteers.

Millie Lindup from Charter Academy won the “Individual Achiever of the Regatta” award for really allowing both her sailing and her teamwork skills to shine throughout the two days. This was presented to her by Tim Fooks of the Leathersellers who have supported the PSTT Programme financially over the last four years.

St Edmunds, winners of the 2019 HMS Bristol PSTT Regatta with Mark Day and Rachel Dunn

The sailing team from St. Edmunds Catholic School won the regatta overall and their trophy was presented to them by Mark Day a previous PSTT Board Member and Rachel Dunn, who personally supports the programme with training and resources and also represents Trinity House who have helped to fund the programme over the last few years.

All the young people also received a medal for their efforts, presented to them by John Derbyshire, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The prizegiving and lunch was a brilliant opportunity for stakeholders to see firsthand the positive impact that the PSTT Programme has on so many young people, and also for a bit of networking and an enjoyable afternoon in the sun onboard the impressive HMS Bristol!