Thames sailing barge – sail training with the Sea-Change Sailing Trust
Sam Llewellyn goes aboard Thames Barge Reminder to see how sailing the old-fashioned way can change people’s lives back on land.
A legendary classic boat sailor, writer, journalist and interpreter of our sailing heritage in print and on screen, Tom Cunliffe is passionate about vessels like Cambria.
Sail with him aboard the last British commercial sailing cargo ship – restored and owned by the Cambria Trust with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund – on the beautiful Blackwater and Colne estuaries, Hervey Benham’s “Last Stronghold of Sail.”
Be part of Cambria’s story and help Sea-Change with its charitable work.
Photos of this weekend are available here.
Sea-Change has been a partner in the National Historic Ships UK skills training programme since its inception and we are delighted to announce that a full National Lottery grant for this skills training project has been secured, enabling it to progress further.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this project will build on a previous project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, developing traditional skills and techniques in young people, focusing on the conservation, handling and maintenance of historic vessels at a time when these skills are in serious decline. Full press release here.
Clients can join a scheme at any point subject to their level of ability. The schemes are under constant development and, for example, will include cargo handling under sail in the lower Thames estuary.
We offer bursaries towards costs that ensure no candidate is precluded from sailing with us on financial grounds and we invite funders to support this most worthwhile scheme More here…
View from the Wheel
Executive Officer and Skipper
Richard Titchener’s Review of the Year
The 2017 season was notable in many respects: we worked again with over 200 people over 24 charters, welcomed aboard new clients, enjoyed seeing old friends, attended the Thames Barge Parade through Tower Bridge, and progress was made towards rigging Blue Mermaid. Read the whole newsletter here
The Thames Sailing Barge Trust and Sea-Change Sailing Trust collaborated during June to trial a bespoke training course for competent mates looking to become skippers. Thames Sailing Barge Centaur was kindly donated by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust for the occasion and Richard Titchener and Hilary Halajko from the Sea-Change Sailing Trust donated four days of their time. Richard and Hilary have run many sail training courses for people wishing to become competent crew and mates in the past but this was the first time that the focus was specifically on mates wishing to become skippers in the near future.
Richard and Hilary where joined by Lyndon March from the Heritage Marine Foundation, David Cooper from TS Rigging, and Peter Taylor, Shiner Wright and Mick Nolan from the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.
Each trainee skipper experienced running the barge for an extended period over the four days. Many (more…)