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As regular readers will know NAUTICAL LOG attended the Waterford Tall Ships Festival (WTSF) in Ireland recently.  During our two weeks over there we renewed friendships and made some delightful new ones.  Amongst our new friendships was the Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development Ltd. (STIYD).  This organisation was formed in 2011 as the new national sail training body and has received recognition by Sail Training International.  With the Tall Ships visiting Waterford STIYD was able to place 25 youth on board four vessels namely the STV's Wylde Swan, Lord Nelson, Sorlandet and Astrid.  Since this was STIYD's first group of trainees they set the tone for Irish youth and we all hope are the first of many such groups in the years ahead. Later this month the STV Statsraad Lehmkuhl is due in Dublin and we understand there are trainee berths available - go for it!!

For those of you reading this in Ireland and visitors from wherever we hope you will take an interest in and support this worthy effort for Irish youth.  To Irish youth if you are placed aboard one of the vessels as a trainee remember how you react to life on board will influence the acceptance of future groups of Irish trainees.  You therefore represent Ireland and in particular Irish youth - there is no better compliment than to be called a good shipmate.

The Manager of STIYD is Michael Byrne supported by his able Staff they can be found at:

Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development Ltd.
Port Company
Alexandra Road
Dublin, D1

+353 86 0346038

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Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.  Also there are once again pirate attacks on the Coast of West Africa.


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