Recent Residentials

Colchester Institute’s Becky takes time to watch the seals

This end of the season has been particularly busy leaving little room to catch our breath. Here is some of what we have been up to.

Colchester Institute Pathways Course joined us again last month. Regular clients, this course aims to prepare students for life after leaving the college.

Then our returners group of independent clients, Youth Sailing Scheme joined us for their traditional late season voyage. This trip took them from Maldon to the Walton Backwaters and on to the River Orwell. Here you can see an album of their adventures.

Our season wound up with another residential of sixth formers from the London Nautical School. With light winds there was ample opportunity to study chartwork and pilotage and Head of Maritime Studies James Bullar posted numerous excellent videos during the week, including some of Blue Mermaid fitting out.

Well Worth A Second Viewing

London based Single Homeless Project sailed with us this season and had such a great time they came back for more.

This brief video resulted and cannot be recommended too highly.

SHP supports people in crisis, helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment.

Following another trip with us, Tara Carty explains how a sea voyage opened new horizons for young people. Find it here.

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BBC1 Britain Afloat – Meet Jimmy Lawrence

Meet Jimmy Lawrence, one of the last men to skipper a working Thames Barge and a good friend to Sea-Change. He has been working on these beautiful sailing boats for nearly 70 years.

In their heyday, there were over 2,000 barges on the Thames until river transport was overtaken by goods deliveries by road.

But Jimmy’s passion for these majestic boats lives on and has been recorded by the BBC. Transmitting on Friday 29th September at 1930hrs on BBC1 or Saturday at 2000hrs on BBC2 and then available on the iPlayer.


Take Your DofE Residential in 2018

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We have received renewed certification as Approved Activity Providers of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential Section.

If you are working towards your Gold Award next year how about joining others who are undertaking their residential at sea? Learn more here.

Thames Barges Sail Into The 21st Century

Last weekend we attended a highly successful Thames Sailing Barge Parade in London. Ten barges travelled through a raised Tower Bridge into the Upper Pool before returning to West India Dock.

Aboard Reminder we carried a group of supporters who have been instrumental to our success over the years and towards the building of Blue Mermaid. We are most grateful to them and a great day was had by all.

On Sunday the barges were open to the public. Additionally an exhibition contained a wealth of information on their history and the historical importance of the Thames barge fleet to the very survival of London.

Pictured are barges at the event moored opposite Canary Wharf, briefly connecting the late 19th and 20th centuries together.