Spring e-Newsletter Out Now

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It tells of early season storms, plans for the year, where we are with Blue Mermaid and how we got there – read all about it.

First Cruise Of 2015 By Crew Member Hannah Letters, 14

Heave hoI was given the opportunity to sail on Reminder from 30th March for five days. I have sailed with Sea Change before and it really has changed my life.  Due to an early tide on the Monday, we stayed on board on the Sunday night in preparation for an early start.

On the Monday morning we awoke to quite stormy, cold weather and the forecast for the next few days was to be very stormy. Richard and Hilary decided that we would sail but come back into port that evening. Although I enjoyed the sailing, it was cold and wet. It was too windy for the topsail and the weather made it very difficult to sail. However, despite the weather, I still feel that I learned a lot and I feel that experiencing sailing in challenging conditions was beneficial to me learning more about sailing. When we got back to Maldon on Monday evening, it was starting to get dark and although it had stopped raining as heavily, it was still very cold. Even though we were all exhausted, we still had to cook dinner, but with everyone helping out it was an easy task. After dinner we played card games. The storm really picked up that night, no one really slept that well. Read the rest of this entry »

March Residential A Real Shakedown

Swigging the mainsheet5 members of the Youth Sailing Scheme joined Richard and Hilary and new National Historic Ships trainee Daniel aboard Reminder for the first week of the season on 29th March.

As can happen at this early stage in the year the weather was not promising, and after a daysail for a shakedown on Monday 30th we sensibly made sure we were tied to something sturdy back at Hythe Quay for the Force Nine and Ten gusts coming through on the Tuesday.

This enabled some essential deck scrubbing and kettle cleaning before a session of bowling. Bare poles and a fair wind took us down river with an improving forecast on Wednesday and Thursday proved excellent with a scoot round to Brightlingsea for some rowing to the chandlery and petrol before a slow sail out to the Spitway in the afternoon and anchorage in the glooming at Bradwell. Apart from fishing boats we saw one other boat during the week.

Apart from old friend Anna and new trainee Josh, there were Hannah and Daniel back for the third time and it was great to welcome Zack back aboard after a break of eighteen months. Photos here

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 18s.

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.