Onward And Upward For Blue Mermaid

Work to fit out Blue Mermaid progresses well and one of the most tangible signs of progress took place this week when she tried on her new mast for the first time.

Pictured is Heritage Marine‘s Jim Dines of Downs Road Boatyard in Maldon, who is overseeing the Blue Mermaid project.


By | 2018-03-23T09:48:26+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Preparing Blue Mermaid’s Berth

Blue Mermaid will work under sail from a mooring at Heybridge, just below Maldon on the River Blackwater in Essex.

Here Stretch Robbinson, one of our mates, is digging in one of the anchors.

By | 2018-03-08T09:28:36+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

Generosity Of Maldon Triathlon Club

Zoe Barker of Blackwater Triathlon Club presents a cheque for £1794.65 to Hilary Halajko, Chair of Trustees and Richard Titchener, Skipper and Executive Officer of Sea-Change Sailing Trust, which will be used to help local young people sail with Sea-Change in 2018.

In the background is the bow of Blue Mermaid, the Trust’s new Thames sailing barge being rigged and fitted out at Downs Road Boatyard in Maldon.

By | 2018-03-01T12:00:15+00:00 March 1st, 2018|

Sail With Tom Cunliffe Aboard Cambria

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.


By | 2018-04-17T15:11:25+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

Green Light For Skills Training Partnership

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.

By | 2018-02-05T16:14:11+00:00 February 5th, 2018|