Reminder Becomes Regional Flagship

SB Reminder was presented with a pennant celebrating her award of Regional Flagship 2017 by National Historic Ships UK’s Stuart Wilkinson.

Present are owners Paul Jeffries and Stephanie Valentine of Topsail Charters, crew Stephen Hunt, David and Glynnis Renouf and from Sea-Change Hilary Halajko and Richard Titchener.

Single Homeless Project Sails Suffolk

The Single Homeless Project is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. They do this by providing support and accommodation, promoting well being, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change.

SHP joined us earlier in July for a five day residential passage from Ipswich for an adult group, following their very successful initial trip with us from Maldon for young people during May (photos).


Thames Match 2017

Great photos here by Jim Birch taken aboard SB Reminder at last weekend’s Thames Sailing Barge Match.

Second only to the America’s Cup in age, the match has been held since 1863 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.

Sea-Change Meets HRH The Countess Of Wessex

In her capacity as Patron of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, Sophie, Countess of Wessex was in Brightlingsea, Essex last week to launch the Colchester smack Priscilla CK 437 following her rebuild.

Priscilla is owned by the Pioneer Sailing Trust, whose apprentices undertook the work.

Richard, Hilary and a Sea-Change crew were alongside aboard their own Colchester smack Sallie CK224 and here skipper Richard Titchener is introduced to the Countess by Rupert Marks, Pioneer’s Chairman.

More pictures here.

Annual Report And Accounts 2016


Our Annual Report and Accounts are now available to view and download here 

Workprep Windbound

The Workprep Course from Colchester Institute at the end of a windy five days aboard Reminder. Pictured are eight students, leaders Karen Hosier and Paula Mills, Richard and Hilary with Amelia Hall taking time off from her usual duties as an Able Seaman on Norwegian square-rigged sail training vessel Christian Radich to sail as Third Hand.

Monday night found us snugly anchored with all the chain out of the box in the River Colne for the expected southerly force eight gale from an “unseasonably vigorous depression” centred over the UK. After high water at midnight the actual force nine with torrential rain created a maelstrom of wind over tide and the skipper was called to witness the Pyefleet Spit port hand buoy steadily moving past as the anchor dragged. Seven fleets of chain later with Paula and Karen helping on the handles, we motored back to windward, avoiding the motor boat dragging slightly to leeward, and reset the anchor, this time with two shackles of chain in the water, which seemed to do the trick. Read the rest of this entry »