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The American Sail Training Association commended by United States Congress

The United States Congress has recognized the American Sail Training Association (ASTA) as the National Sail Training Association of the United States as well as the United State's representative in the International Sail Training Forum. Congress also commended ASTA for its advancement of character building experiences for youth at sea.

The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution #158 on March 10th, 2010. Principle sponsors included Senators John Kerry (MA), Jack Reed (RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Lindsay Graham (SC).

On April 14th, 2010, Representatives Patrick Kennedy (RI) and Elijah Cummings (MD) as well as Congressmen Bill Delahunt (MA), Candice Miller (MI) and James Oberstar (MN) stood in front of Congress to propose the passing of House Resolution #197.

"ASTA's work is critical to preserving our Nation's rich maritime heritage and ensuring that its traditions are passed on to the next generation. Madam Speaker, as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, I urge the adoption of H Res. 197 of the House today and commend the good work of my friend, Congressman Kennedy, on this resolution", said Congressman Cummings. The passing of these resolutions by Congress officially recognized ASTA as the National Sail Training Association of the United States as well as the U.S.'s representative in the International Sail Training Forum.

"The American Sail Training Association is deeply honored to be commended by the United States Congress as the national sail training organization for the United States. In the 37 years since our founding, the American sail training fleet has grown from a handful of vessels to over two hundred magnificent tall ships, each with its own mission and program. During that time, operational safety, professionalism, and the effectiveness of on-board educational programs have increased exponentially as well. ASTAis proud to be able to lead this movement in America, so that our maritime heritage and the craft of sail can be preserved for future generations, and so that young people today can go to sea to find the transformational power of crossing horizons under sail" said Bert Rogers, Executive Director of ASTA.

The American Sail Training Association is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. Since 1973, ASTA has supported Education Under Sail and Youth Character Development. ASTA represents over 200 member vessel operations in the United States and worldwide. It organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series, manages scholarship programs to make sail training experiences more affordable for young people, grant programs to assist crew of ASTA member vessels with the costs of professional development courses and licensing requirements and publishes "SAIL TALL SHIPS! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea".