New And Updated Documents

New: Report and Accounts, Donations by Standing Order with Gift Aid.

Updated: Sailing Programme, Child Protection Policy, Adult Protection Policy, Consent Form.

See How You Like It Days!

Reminder alongside at Maldon,Saturday and Sunday March 21/22 saw us hosting our first ‘See how you like it days!’ on board Reminder alongside the quay at Maldon.

The aim of the weekend was to meet individuals with special needs who were considering making a booking to sail with us on one of our Sailability trips later this season. These trips are a change from our usual programme in that individuals with special needs can apply to sail with us on a residential trip without being part of a group booking.

The ‘See how you like it days!’ enabled potential sailors to have a look round Reminder and understand a little more about the things they would be doing on a residential trip with Sea Change Sailing Trust, it also gave parents a chance to see Reminder and ask questions about our work.  The kettle brewed more cups of tea over the weekend than the Barge Tearooms as we were kept busy with visitors throughout both days. We are looking forward to meeting many of our new friends again later in the year when they return to sail with us.

Sailability Trips are for people with special needs. They may sail unaccompanied or with a parent or support worker depending on needs. We have bursary funding available to assist with funding for these trips.

August 25-27 2015: 18 years and under.

September 14-18 2015: over 18’s.

Interested? Contact us here


Carbon Offset Certificate Awarded For Low Emissions

Yacht Carbon OffsetWe work almost entirely under sail and, in common with some other barges, our new vessel will not have an engine.

We are pleased to announce that we have again been awarded a Carbon Offset Certificate for our policy of balancing the greenhouse gas emissions from the vessels we sail, our carbon emissions having been offset by Yacht Carbon Offset Ltd. 

A Passage To Norwich

Mark Wakelin at the wheelMark Wakelin, Crouch Harbour Authority’s CEO, joined us for our voyage to Norwich last August with a crew from our Youth Sailing Scheme.

What better way is there to start off a new season than with the story of  ‘A Passage to Norwich‘, onboard possibly the last Thames barge that will ever be able to make the journey to the city centre wharves.

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, whilst not typical of many of those with whom we work, are members of our returners 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.