Our Fleet

 

MST currently operates two British-built eleven metre expedition yachts, Bright Star and Eastern Star.

 

Our vessels have been chosen to be practical and reliable boats for long distance sailing in all conditions, but without compromising on comfort and quality. 

 

Both vessels have been thoroughly refitted and upgraded within the last three years and include:

  • Fully touchscreen Raymarine navigation displays with GPS and instruments 

  • Active AIS (automatic identification system) to enable other ships to see us at all times - families/friends can also track the vessels online

  • Blown air heating in all areas

  • Refrigerators

  • Hot and cold running water

  • New mattresses in all bunks

  • All ropes replaced since 2019

  • All sails less than five years old

  • Brand new Spinlock 'Deckvest 6D' lifejackets and lifelines (2021) with radio beacons to automatically broadcast the location of a man overboard.

EASTERN STAR 18 May 2021 E Solent BVH 13

BRIGHT STAR

Bright Star of Revelation, Morning Star Trust sail training vessel, Westerly Oceanquest

 

Bright Star of Revelation is a purpose-built training and expedition yacht.

Length Overall: 10.5m

Draught: 1.5m 

Year built: 1999 

Number of Sea Staff: 2

Max number of Voyage Crew: 6 

Number of sails: 4 

 

Bright Star was commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1999 and built by well known yacht builder Westerly, based on their successful Oceanquest yacht design. However Bright Star has a completely unique layout inside, with seven single bunks meaning everyone sleeps in comfort in their own personal space. She is also a 'cutter', which means she has two sails at the front, rather than the more usual one sail. For twenty years Bright Star, then known as 'TS Leopold Muller', was operated by the Sea Cadet Corps. 

 

MST purchased Bright Star at the end of 2018 and after a refit she was brought into use in April 2019.

 

Bright Star has proved herself a tough and reliable vessel, as well as a comfortable and easy to sail platform for teaching and learning. Bright Star is primarily used for our youth sailing voyages, as well as for RYA training courses. 

EASTERN STAR

EASTERN STAR 18 May 2021 E Solent BVH 49

Eastern Star of Revelation is our new expedition and racing yacht.

Length Overall: 11.5m

Draught: 2m 

Year built: 1996 

Number of Sea Staff: 3

Max number of Voyage Crew: 7

Number of sails: 3 

Eastern Star is a Sigma 38, which is a classic cruiser/racer yacht class. She was designed by renowned British yacht designer David Thomas for the Royal Ocean Racing Club, who wanted a new design of yacht for safe and exciting offshore racing. 125 Sigma 38s were built between 1985 and 1996. Eastern Star was the very last Sigma 38 ever built, by Northshore Yachts at Itchenor, less than five miles from MST's current base in Northney.

MST purchased Eastern Star in October 2020 and she completed a comprehensive professional refit that winter in order to begin sail training voyages in 2021. 

Eastern Star is a fast and sea-kindly boat, with lots to do for everyone. She is primarily used for expeditions, group voyages and for longer events and races in the Summer.