John Laing in the 2006 ASTO race

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ASTO Small Ships races

The 2013 ASTO Solent race will be on Saturday 5 October.

PREVIOUS RACES: see here for recent reports.

2 October 2010: Solent Race
See here for race report

3 October 2009: Solent Race
See here for race report.

4 October 2008 : Solent race

A day of strong but irregular winds forcing endless reefs in and out. John Laing, with a crew from Budmouth Technology College, came 8th over the line but only 21st on handicap. But crew member Rosie, aged 13, did win the prize for the youngest female crew member in the race!

6 October 2007: Solent race
Sadly in light winds John Laing was unable to make a successful defence of her trophy won the previous June.

27 May - 1 June 2007: Torquay to St Peter Port, Guernsey

John Laing came first over the line and, on handicap, first in class and third overall!


ASTO (the Association of Sea Training Organisations) Small Ships races are for sail training vessels up to 120 feet in length, with crews of young people aged 25 or under.

John Laing competing in the 2006 Solent Race John Laing competing in the 2006 Solent Race


Other types of voyages:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Residential Projects
Want to sail but can't afford it? - Help with funding
2017 voyage programme

How to book a voyage - including booking forms.

Raise And Sail - OYT South's website for young people wanting to raise money in order to sail with us.

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Small ships race? Biggest vessel I've ever sailed! Awesome!” Shelly, aged 16

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