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
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.
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.
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
You can work towards RYA accreditation and undertake your DofE Residential too.
Last 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.
‘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….
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.