The Sail Training Association Romania
The Sail Training Association Romania(STAR) is a voluntary organisation which aspires to:
- Promote, assist and support Romanian Sailing Schools, sail training organizations and tall ship operators in their endeavours;
- Be recognised in Romania as the organisation providing knowledge in the field of ‘Sail Training’ and ‘Sail Training’ events;
- Be the organisation which leads and contributes most, nationally, to the development and promotion of ‘Sail Training’ for young people in Romania; and
- Be the organisation that sets the standards in organising races for ‘Sail Training’ tall ships.
The STAR Mission
To foster opportunities for young Romanians to discover their inner strengths and potential through a structured “Sail Training” experience of an adventure at sea in a tall ship.
What is Sail Training?
Sail training is an outdoor adventure activity for young people. Its purpose is not to teach young people how to sail. It is principally to help them learn about themselves, to discover hidden strengths and talents, to understand the value of others and of working as one of a team. It requires an individual to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires and develops self-confidence and responsibility, an understanding and acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural background, and a willingness to take a calculated risk. For many it can be a life-changing experience.
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)