The joke's on us, folks
Yachting Monthly’s April Fool jape on page 14 of the current issue has caused some ruffled feathers in the sail training world. In our bid to insert some authentication into the prank about children competing in world sailing stunts we used the fictitious name: Ocean Youth Association.
We did not forsee that by Googling this name – which according to Caroline White of the Ocean Youth Trust many people did – her own organisation and that of the Association of Sail Training Organisations came up. Both these organisations were then contacted by folks seeking clarification.
We are sorry for any embarrassment caused and of course accept that both organisations provide real challenges and adventure for youngsters from all walks of life.