Vacancy: Sea-Change Sailing Trust Barge Mate

Since 2007 the Sea-Change Sailing Trust has worked afloat with young people & vulnerable adults using traditional seamanship to engage them in positive activity. We need a Mate to help bring the new Blue Mermaid into service. Built to cargo ship rules, she is fitting out at Maldon. This is an opportunity to join an exciting project & develop our work with a wide variety of clients & with trainees working towards careers afloat.

A capable boatman or woman, you will be able to enthuse others with your enjoyment of heritage & engineless sail, take responsibility for running the deck, have good communication & listening skills, and be committed to the benefits of sail training.

Initially for the 2019 sailing season, this position can enable the right person to progress towards a Bargemaster qualification & a permanent role as part of our succession planning. Full details here.

By | 2018-12-18T09:55:44+00:00 December 18th, 2018|

Access For All

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance on 3rd December promoted by the United Nations. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities

This year Richard spoke at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects about access for all to historic vessels. He is seen here with Mary Kinoulty of the Mary Rose Trust and Victoria Wallworth of National Historic Ships UK

By | 2018-12-06T16:37:27+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

Thank You

We would very much like to record the assistance of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, who have generously supported our work.

By | 2018-12-06T16:39:34+00:00 November 26th, 2018|

Our Ethos, Our Philosophy

As our season draws to a close with our traditional work with disadvantaged young people and those with learning difficulties, and as Blue Mermaid nears completion allowing us to broaden the scope of our work, its seems a good time to reiterate our ethos:

For a sail training vessel to have value beyond the virtues of voyaging for its own sake, she must carry commercially viable cargo, and she must do so without mechanical assistance. To be a vital part of a venture which delivers the real goods to their destination using only wind and tide is not only to discover the obvious satisfactions of muscle-cracking labour, it is to appreciate one’s place in the natural world. Using only vernacular artefacts we cannot hope to defeat the elements. The best we can do is to work with them and, so far as is humanly possible, turn them to our ends. (more…)

By | 2018-11-04T08:39:43+00:00 October 31st, 2018|

Halloween Brings Season To Close

An early Halloween brought our last sailing residential of the season to a close. Half term is traditionally dedicated to our returners group, members of our Youth Sailing Scheme and has again been part funded by the Essex Community Foundation.

This is aimed predominantly at individuals who have previously sailed with us as members of schools or other youth groups and who have volunteered or been invited to return independently.

Members have the opportunity to embed initial benefits gained and to start developing traditional sailing skills. This can lead to formal sailing accreditation and could lead to maritime careers. Here is an album of their time aboard last week.

By | 2018-12-12T11:35:10+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

Red Sails Are On The Way

We visited Mark Butler at James Lawrence Sailmakers and watched Blue Mermaid’s new sails being built and to see her new bob.

Click here to see photos of the work in progress.

By | 2018-10-30T08:11:33+00:00 October 29th, 2018|