Looking back on a week of fitting out, here is new Mate Oliver disassembling the skylight by Shaun White prior to varnishing. The gameplan has always been to avoid varnish but we have been overtaken by the quality of the proferred items. Oli, incidentally will work on any vessel with Blue in the name having joined us from Blue Clipper.
Meanwhile there are many more photos on our Facebook page showing some of the work in hand, including
‘Last October we had the pleasure of taking ten learners on Sailing Barge Reminder for a five day residential with the Sea-Change Sailing Trust.
Our courses cater for learners with a multitude of learning difficulties so consequently the group who took part in the sailing residential have a wide range of individual barriers to learning, in a social capacity, as well as academically. With this in mind, the sailing trip really is a great challenge for each individual.
Learners were quickly initiated into life on-board as they were required to work in teams to sail the barge, under the watchful eye and careful tuition of …’ Read the whole report here.
New old-style pumps in manufacture by Heritage Marine for our new Thames sailing barge Blue Mermaid.
These barges had one pump centrally forward and one each side aft to pump out the hold. Now they must be able to reach each compartment so they are being fitted with shared valve gear.
Thus one aft pump will reach hold and galley, while the other reaches hold and cabin. The forward pump will reach hold and forecastle.
Karl Delaine returned for another sailing residential with his regular Pathways group from Colchester Institute. He commented,
“I am the group leader. I have been working with young adults with barriers to learning for over fifteen years. Every time we come sailing with Sea-Change we have an amazing week.’
‘It really is hard to imagine a better environment and experience to facilitate confidence and social skills development.’
‘There is nothing that would have improved the trip.” He marked us ten out of ten and you can read his full report here.