Limpsfield Grange is a Surrey County Council maintained Special School for girls who have Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties, Learning Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties and Vulnerabilities.
Since then an article about their voyage of discovery has been published in their local magazine and we think you would like to read it, right here.
Young people who have not previously sailed with the trust are equally welcome. Enjoy living aboard and learning to handle a large traditional vessel under sail on the east coast. If you are considering a maritime career our Sailing Barge Training Course could help you on your way.
The voyage was again very successful and another will take place next spring. Interested or know anyone who could benefit? Please contact Dementia Adventure here.
The introduction of the new MCZs sees the area of UK waters protected under all designations expand to over 9 per cent, and just under a quarter of English inshore waters will now be protected.
Each project depends on the carbon funding, and Yacht Carbon Offset has Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification, so you know that your action makes a real impact on net emissions.
Sea-Change is fundraising for a purpose-built vessel and aims to provide freight services (with minimal/zero carbon footprint) in the way that these barges have always done in the past. Yacht Carbon Offset has again offset the very modest GHG emissions from Sailing Barges Cambria & Reminder that are produced whilst in Sea-Change’s care.
These flat-bottomed vessels were perfectly adapted to the Thames Estuary, with its shallow waters and narrow rivers. Due to the efficiency of a Thames barge’s gear, a crew of only two sufficed for most voyages and the economics of these remarkable vessels are still valid.
Want some of your questions answered? Wikipedia is a mine of information.
This October the crew enjoyed lots of weather for five days aboard Reminder, out of Maldon. These photos celebrate their time with us.
This album demonstrates how the Pennison group spent a lovely October weekend aboard Reminder.
Please contact us if you would like to join us with your family and friends for a weekend or longer period next season.
Log of SB Reminder 30th September to 4th October 2013: Sailing with Sea-Change for the Woolverstone, Acorn and St Clements Projects.
Shortly after 10 am Martin arrived with his Sainsbury delivery van at Hythe Quay Maldon to be met by the advance guard of the crew. These were Peter, Senior Instructor with the Woolverstone Sailability Project, read the whole article here….
Photos to accompany the adventure can be viewed here.
This summer Sea-Change ran its first Thames Sailing Barge Course and here is a review of how it went. The course was a response to the difficulty aspiring mates can have obtaining experience of basic sail drill, manoeuvres and handling techniques.
The course was well-received and, given the spread of years and experience of participants, covered a lot of ground. In 2014 Sea-Change will offer a second course for new participants surrounding the detail of the gear, and also for people who feel they have mastered it to build on to become a competent mate. Read the report here
Of course to many people this means accessibility for wheelchair users, which is achieved brilliantly by purpose-built vessels and is not attempted by Sea-Change, partly because as yet it does not own its vessels and partly because of the effectiveness of a Thames barge in enabling engagement. The approach of the charity is to make the same set of tasks and experiences available to all who sail with us and to provide support to different levels of ability appropriate to need.
What follows is an interesting perspective in sympathy with this approach from a disabled member of a recent crew, Ed Miller.
“If you offered a group of people with disabilities a sailing trip and gave them a choice between a sailing barge specially adapted for them with all the bells and whistles and a standard barge like Reminder, from my experience 99% would choose the standard boat.
This is because they are stubborn and want to be included in what “normal” people can do rather than be treated as different. Disabled people do not think of themselves as having disabilities because they are who they are and only have that experience, just like “normal” people.
If you give me a task to do which I find difficult, I would not say I cannot do it. I would find a way to do it by changing the way I do it or asking for help.”
Ed is 28 years old and plays football for his region. He has raced cars round Brands Hatch and to Italy and sails with Woolverstone Sailability, with whom he joined 11 other people as crew on a Thames sailing barge with Sea-Change. He also has cerebral palsy.
Two good reads here. The first log covers the period in July when we took Cambria to Pin Mill for her annual scrub and antifoul prior to entering the Thames Match. This was the 150th Anniversary Race and a good result was expected by the trusts (both ourselves and Cambria Trust) Read the story.
The second log includes the final week of this year’s extended period with YSS aboard Cambria. Following the Southend Barge Match we took her round to Maldon and then back up Swin and the London River to St Katherine Docks. All is related here with pictures of the week here.
STOP PRESS: Sea-Change has launched its very own quarterly newsletter.
Delivered by email, you can read about the highlight of our season so far, our thoughts on working with disadvantaged young people, how our new barge appeal is getting on and much more.