The primary objective of The Sail Training Association of Bermuda is to place young Bermudians, aged 18-25, onboard an international fleet of sail training vessels to participate in one leg of a race which circumnavigates the North Atlantic, covers 7,000 nautical miles and visits six countries. This is a truly unique form of experiential learning. Our secondary objective is to show off Bermuda in all its glory by giving the participants who arrive at our port a wonderful time and a true feeling of Bermudian hospitality. We currently are expecting 22 ships with approximately 1,600 trainees to visit our shores. Bermuda was voted the best host port in 2009 and we would like to maintain our reputation.
Naturally, all this costs money. To date, the Government of Bermuda, Tourism Authority and other donors have donated $760,000 towards the cost of staging this event, but we need to raise another $400,000 to cover the cost of achieving our two objectives.
We offer very flexible sponsorships from $5,000 (the average cost of sponsoring a trainee) to $50 or $100 thousand as a key event sponsor. While the sponsorship is philanthropic, we do want to thank our donors and can offer the opportunity to utilize one of our visiting ships for as the venue for a cocktail party, a morning or evening sail or something more creative.
Sail training fosters international understanding and friendship while affording trainees the chance to learn about themselves, develop team-building skills and appreciate the value of trust in themselves and trust in others in often challenging situations. We offer bursaries to young adults age 25 and younger but anyone can apply to be a trainee. Our hope is to support 50 young adults in becoming trainees.
The Tall Ship Festival is open free to the public and families can walk aboard the visiting ships and get to know their international crews.
The Sail Training Association of Bermuda is a registered charity and we hope you will favorably consider sponsorship.