What Are You Doing During The Holidays?

Heave hoHow about some big boat sailing?

Join other young people aboard a Thames sailing barge on the UK east coast.

Stay aboard and be part of the machine

Come and make friends or bring some friends with you

A bursary may be able to help with costs. Contact us to learn more or find us on Facebook.

You can work towards RYA accreditation and undertake your DofE Residential too.


Griff Gets The Point Across

Griff Rhys Jones at Trinity HouseLast month we hosted a successful fundraising evening at Trinity House, London in aid of Phase 2 of our New Sailing Barge Appeal.

Special guest Griff Rhys Jones entertained a selected group of major funders with tales of sailing and barges on the east coast, whilst observing on the need for our work.

With video support from John Hayes, Minister for Shipping and a written endorsement from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, a strong case for support was conveyed to those present. More.

Local Media Tell The Story

Don, Hilary and Richard with an original half model of Blue MermaidNews about the imminent start of our new barge build travels across the country. Here is coverage from the east and west coasts:

Essex Chronicle

Maldon Standard

Western Morning News

A Snapshot Of Sea-Change

We asked film maker Emily Harris to make a video short that is a snapshot of our work. Here are the thoughts of several of the young people who are members of our Youth Sailing Scheme.

Sail Away With Dementia Adventure

DA GroupWe are delighted that Dementia Adventure is again sailing with us this season. If you are living with the condition or looking after someone who is, why not consider joining in?

‘If the idea of sailing and sleeping on board a classic Thames sailing barge appeals to you, then maybe our 2015 ‘Sail Away’ running in June and September is the break for you.

While this break may be especially relevant to those who have some experience of the sea, no actual experience of sailing is necessary. However, it is suited to people who have good mobility and balance and who love fresh air and wide open spaces!’ More….

A Statement By Sea-Change

Blue Mermaid, 1930

Contract awarded to build our new Thames sailing barge

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust works with young people with learning difficulties, vulnerable adults, those suffering social exclusion as well as young people interested in learning traditional sailing skills. We are a RYA Training and Sailability Foundation Centre and an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In order to further widen the range of activities available we have been fundraising to build a new steel sailing barge. She will be a replica of an original named Blue Mermaid, which was lost during the Second World War and was the last sailing barge built during their heyday, in 1930. The appeal has the support of both the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister for Transport and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

The contract to build the hull and deck has been won by Polruan based boatyard C Toms and Son, a long established builder of steel vessels and construction will start during the next few weeks. Following this she will be towed to Maldon later in the year for rigging and fitting out.

Blue Mermaid will enable us to offer more sea time than is currently available with the barges we rent. She will be engine less so will operate in a very low carbon environment. She will additionally have the ability to carry cargo under sail and to offer trainees the opportunity to consider maritime careers.

Statement available for download here.

Support From The Mayor Of London

Boris Johnson, Mayor of LondonWe are delighted to have received the endorsement of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London in support of our fundraising appeal, see here.

The contracts for the hull are agreed and we look forward to announcing the build start date imminently. Fundraising is well advanced but we still require funds this year to complete fitting out and rigging.

Your support is as important to us now as ever so please help to ensure the security of our work in support of the learning disabled, disadvantaged young people and vulnerable adults by helping us to build our new Thames sailing barge.

Sailing With Sea-Change This Year

Learning to handle a sailing bargeWe offer a wide range of sailing opportunities, please let us know which one suits you or tell us about your requirements. Most residentials are of five days duration and bursaries may be available.

* Join us to develop your traditional sailing skills and obtain formal sailing accreditation, with opportunities for onward career progression.

* Join us to undertake your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential.

* Join us with your school or youth group of up to 12 people including leaders for inclusive, confidence building sea going residentials.

* Join us with your carer on voyages specifically designed for young people or adults with learning difficulties.

* Join us with your organisation or family for a team building or enjoyable weekend under sail.

As you can see here our season is filling up so please do not delay contacting us. Happy Sailing!


Stepping Forward

A member of the Horlocks fleetReminder and Blue Mermaid were twins built for Horlocks of Mistley. We will be concentrating our work aboard Reminder next season and particularly during our extended summer sailing period. Soon she will be joined by Blue Mermaid ll for our specialist sail training and cargo work.

Once completed the  Horlocks steel sailing fleet will be whole again. Watch this space.

Ditch-Crawler Avisiting – Nick Ardley Talks To Sea-Change

Post residential debriefThe Essex based charity that works with disadvantaged, less able and socially excluded young people, as well as the wider maritime industry, is about to achieve its first aim in the furtherance of its excellent community work – that is the build of a new spritsail barge hull. This, once fitted out, will… read more here