Sea-Change was formed on 15th March 2007 so this week we are celebrating our tenth anniversary.
In a fortnight we get under way again at the start of a new and fully booked season. Around 200 crew will join us to work residentially under sail.
Meanwhile work continues to fit out Blue Mermaid.
Here’s to the next decade.
Sea-Change has been a partner in the NHS-UK Skills for the Future programme since its inception and we are delighted to share this press release with you:
National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has received initial support for a £424,900 scheme from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme, it was announced today. The grant was applied for to assist in funding a second phase of the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project – an initiative that aims to prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels. Development funding of £15,900 has been awarded to help NHS-UK progress its plans to apply for the full grant at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »
I first met Maldwin Drummond at HMS President at an AGM of the Association of Yachting Historians. He was Chairman and the Association was gathering momentum on his watch. He kindly consented to help us with our appeal for funds towards our new sailing barge and shortly afterwards was instrumental in obtaining a grant from Fishmongers Hall, where he had been Master some time before. He also helped us with some other approaches and as ever was a tower of strength at an early stage in what was a very challenging appeal for a small charity.
I remember bending his ear about the Cutty Sark as he had stepped in to help get the project back Read the rest of this entry »
The 2017 UK Sail Training Conference took place on Friday 27th January at Southampton Solent University. The conference, organised by the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) is supported by Southampton Solent University, and sponsored by Portmore Insurance.
Colin and Rosemary Moody gave a gift of £1000 at the conference for the most interesting idea and Sea-Change’s submission for fall arrest equipment when climbing the rig on Blue Mermaid was drawn first. Pictured are Laura Swallow from Portsmouth Sail Training, who drew the winner, with Richard Titchener, Sea-Change’s Executive Officer.
For a sail training vessel to have value beyond the virtues of voyaging for its own sake, she must carry commercially viable cargo, and she must do so without mechanical assistance.
To be a vital part of a venture which delivers the real goods to their destination using only wind and tide is not only to discover the obvious satisfactions of muscle-cracking labour, it is to appreciate one’s place in the natural world. Using only vernacular artefacts we cannot hope to defeat the elements. The best we can do is to work with them and, so far as is humanly possible, turn them to our ends.
Anyone working under sail alone soon learns to accept those things which cannot be changed. They also develop the fortitude to alter what can and must be altered. Understanding the difference between the two is a basic key to wisdom which few adults today ever achieve. When a young person steps ashore after discharging a cargo they have personally worked across days and nights of deep water and shoal, they will look up at the towering spars and begin to know their true worth as individuals.
It’s as simple as that. The cost in money terms is minimal by today’s standards. The pay-off in turning lives around will be incalculable and is the basis of our thinking for Blue Mermaid.
Tom Cunliffe. Sailor, writer, broadcaster and Sea-Change Appeal Patron