Lucian and Dan work Sallie's handspike windlass

Sallie is licensed for charter and this year will be used to offer gaff rig training and smaller boat experience to members of the Youth Sailing Scheme who have mainly sailed before on a barge, a much larger vessel. Hence there will only be up to four trainees at a time on the smack.

Last week Richard and Hilary with Lucian and Dan ventured to the Colne and back in the kind of varied English weather which kept all but the bravest in harbour.

Friday was a mix of calm and sun, but Saturday more than made up for it with wind and torrential rain until early afternoon, calling for plenty of tea and card games, before a one reef sail to Bradwell. Sunday needed two reefs but at least it was sunny. Read the rest of this story…