The Birth Of A New Thames Sailing Barge

Blue MermaidWe are delighted to bring you the first photos of Blue Mermaid under construction.

These first shots are of the bottom and floor structure and represent a big step not just for the project but in the development of Sea-Change.

Photos courtesy of builders C Toms and Son Ltd

Youth Sailing Scheme Summer Cruise


Our extended cruise with our returners’ Youth Sailing Scheme always starts with one of its highlights – scrubbing off and antifouling at Pin Mill, in this case of Reminder – you should see the happy faces at the prospect.

However, this is followed by a few days in Secret Water (Walton Backwaters) emulating the Swallows and Amazons with our dinghy fleet.

See photos of their antics so far.

Plume School Experiences Maldon’s Sailing Heritage



The Plume School is Maldon’s only secondary school for students aged 11-18 and has always been at the centre of Maldon’s community. The waterfront there is home to Sea-Change.

We are delighted that two groups from the Plume recently joined us on board SB Reminder for very successful sailing residentials. Read about their time with us in the school newsletter, see all their photos and a video too. We look forward to welcoming them back aboard next time.

A New Home For Sea-Change


Please note that we have a new address and a new phone number:

Sea-Change Sailing Trust
Downs Road Boatyard

01621 840982

How to find us

A St Joseph’s Voyage


This is the story of twelve intrepid adventurers who arrived on a warm Sunday evening in Maldon, Essex to find the Thames Barge ‘Reminder’ sitting on thick mud.

Arriving on the Thames Barge ‘Reminder’ is always an amazing experience for the Year 4 pupils and staff from St Joseph’s College in Ipswich. All thoughts of timetables and deadlines quickly fade, the group are now governed by the wind and the tide.

Under the expert eye of skipper Richard Titchener and his crew, the experience is unique. The children live and serve together to sail the barge on their annual adventures around the rivers and coasts of Essex and Suffolk. There are no set mealtimes or bedtimes, only the gentle rhythm of two watches working together. Read the rest of this entry »

Inclusion Ventures 2015

DSC03895-cropped1-300x225During the Whitsun school holidays, a group of 9 young people aged 13-18 years of age and from Jaywick, accompanied Inclusion Ventures staff on a 4 day sailing trip aboard the‘Reminder’, an old Victorian barge. All young people in attendance regularly attend InclusionVentures youth group sessions.

plus photos here

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