Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Traineeships

Click for Shipshape home pageApplications are invited for one of five traineeships on the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.

The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK including Sea-Change, delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels.  The traineeships are being offered as part of ‘Skills for the Future’, a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Essex, Lowestoft and the River Hamble for the main summer sailing season and for part of the winter refit programme where there will be a chance to develop practical skills. FULL DETAILS

Welcome Return For The Woolverstone Project

Woolverstone logoThe Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities and we look forward eagerly to their return visit to us each year.

This case study based testimonial by Andy Harding, Health and Activity Therapist at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation, has subsequently been received and they are happy for us to share it, it demonstrates the outcomes that we work to achieve.

Unconventional But Highly Successful Week With AFFC

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Following funding received through Carers Trust, Comic Relief and Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Action for Family Carers Young Carers team organised for over 30 Young Carers from all over Essex to spend the week involved in activities based around the Thames sailing barge, Reminder. More here….

Learning Disabilities Week 2014

P1010322This was a change from our usual approach to bookings in that instead of taking a pre-formed group together with leaders, we advertised for individuals who would like to sail with us to book a place together with a supporting adult where necessary. One young man even travelled from Wales to come sailing. Our thanks to ‘Awards for All’ from the Big Lottery Fund who enabled us to assist with personal funding for this trip through our bursary fund.

Living together and sailing the barge helped develop social skills, confidence and self-esteem amongst crew members who hadn’t met each other before joining the barge. High points of the trip were sailing in the dark, visiting the seal colony at Oakley Creek, climbing the rigging and swimming off Second Beach near Brightlingsea. We hope to run at least one week next season for individuals with learning disabilities. Please contact us for details.

Thanks to Judy for this great album of photos.

And In Other News

Not everything that happens at Sea-Change is reported here. Other events, minor news and snippets occur that sometimes get placed only on Facebook.

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Sailing With Sea-Change

Another chance to watch a short film by Simon North and narrated by Tom Cunliffe about our work, our ethos and our love of working entirely under sail – enjoy!

Sea-Change works with both groups and individuals – care groups for the disadvantaged or disabled and groups looking to develop their seamanship skills, individuals interested in traditional vessels and those undertaking their RYA Competent Crew Certificate or DofE gold residential. Whatever your need please contact us here.


DofE Approved Activity Provider

DofE Approved Activity ProviderWe are delighted to announce that Sea-Change has been appointed an Approved Activity Provider for the gold residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

We shall be delivering this course over a five day period from the start of next season aboard a Thames sailing barge. Please visit our DofE page for more information

Praise From Colchester Institute

Colchestr Institute testimonial

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Colchester Institute is the major provider of further education and training for North Essex and adjoining areas.  It offers full and part-time courses for 14 – 19 year-old’s who have a range of learning or behavioural issues and all courses have a wide range of enrichment activities to make learning enjoyable and meaningful.

This unsolicited testimonial has been received from Karen, who leads the Work Prep CourseIt gives us a great feeling of pride and we hope it will assist group leaders or individuals who are considering sailing with us to get in touch.

Additionally, this piece appeared in their in-house magazine.

2015 Season

Xylonite approaching the Spitway Good Friday 2014We are taking bookings for the 2015 season, which starts early April. To make sure you get the dates you want please contact us soon, our calendar will be available here.

Are you thinking about sailing with us for the first time? Whether a youth group leader or an individual who would like to learn the ropes please get in touch.

Inclusion Ventures 2014

Rowing back aboard at sunsetInclusion Ventures aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable young people from the most disadvantaged areas of West Clacton. They are regular clients and joined us again this season, this time to Pin Mill aboard Cambria.

En route we passed Reminder with another Sea-Change group aboard, Maldon based Action for Family Carers.

Here is our photographic record.


ITV Anglia Visits Cambria In Norwich

ITV photo cropped“Hundreds of sailing barges used to lug their cargoes up and down the east coast and along our waterways.

One of them was a barge called Cambria, which used to bring mustard seeds to the Colman factory in Norwich and it’s been back in the city again.”

Watch Natalie Gray’s report


On Friday 15th the gear was lowered for the tow through the bridges back to Gt. Yarmouth where it was raised again. Monday morning saw her setting sail to arrive back in Maldon on Tuesday’s evening tide, so completing another successful and educational Sea-Change cruise.

Sea-Change In Norfolk – Update

Cambria begine the task of lowering her gear before proceeding to NorwichThe Eastern Daily Press ran an informative article about Sea-Change’s arrival in Norfolk aboard sailing barge Cambria. The photo shows her mizzen mast being lowered, to be followed by her top and main masts so she could proceed up river.

Since then she has arrived in Norwich following an overnight tow through all seven bridges that would normally bar her way, duly reported by The Norwich Evening News.

Also, BBC Norfolk and the excellent Anglia Afloat have published articles about Cambria and the wherry Albion being reunited in Norwich.

All the above is accompanied by our own photo album of the story so far.

Sea-Change To Visit Norwich

Norwich RiversideA voyage to Norwich might have been routine in the 1940s but today it is less simple, getting all the 7 road and rail bridges between Gt. Yarmouth and Norwich to open for the first time in years will be quite a trick and the Thames sailing barge Cambria will have to lower both masts to pass under the A47 Southern bypass. As Sea-Change skipper Richard Titchener says “Well, it wouldn’t be worthwhile if it was easy!”

He added “Cambria used to be a regular trader to Norwich in 1940s and 50s so we thought it would be fun and very worthwhile to make the Port of Norwich the destination for our training voyage this year and re-establish Norwich’s almost forgotten links with the sea”.

The barge’s crew on the passages up and down the coast will be a mixture of experienced sailing barge hands and young people from Essex and Norfolk who are members of Sea-Change’s Youth Sailing Scheme, their places having been sponsored by charities and other organisations.

In Norwich, during the evening of Wednesday 13th August the barge will host a session of ‘Flying Folk’,  the  traditional music and singing group that usually meets each month in pubs around the county – especially appropriate as a previous owner/skipper of Cambria, Bob Roberts was a traditional singer and musician of note.

On 13th August  Cambria will be joined at her mooring near Carrow Bridge, Norwich by Norfolk Wherry Trust’s ‘Albion’ – The last engineless coastal sailing barge meets the last engineless trading wherry in the Port of Norwich!  Surely a notable occasion in the maritime heritage of  Nelson’s County!

Updated Documents

These documents have been updated and are available on our Downloads page:

Health and safety policy including risk assessment

Consent form

All Change At Sea-Change

A painting by Walter Douglas. Contribution from sales to Sea-ChangeWelcome to the summer 2014 edition of our quarterly newsletter.

There is much to tell including: Sailing stories … Case study … Feedback … New help … Art sale … Fundraising success  … New barge phase two … and more, enjoy!

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