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 »

London Nautical School Posting As They Go

Two groups from the London Nautical School are sailing with us this week.

Head of Nautical Studies, James Bullar MBE, is videoing their time aboard and posting them to his Twitter feed as the week progresses. He has also filmed below deck on Blue Mermaid,

They are well worth watching and you can view them here.


Wot’s Up Is Back For More

Following a successful sailing residential with us last year, another ten young people plus their carers from Wot’s Up in Ipswich have been sailing with us again this week. In fact they have been sending photos to us directly from the barge, they can be viewed here and here.

Wot’s Up is a club that is all about its members and what they want. It is open to all from 18 and above and if at 70 you want to meet with people and have fun with sports, exercise, and general socialising please contact Wot’s Up here.

Sam In His Element

Here are a few photos of last week’s residential with our returners group the Youth Sailing Scheme.

The sharp eyed will recognise Sam Llewellyn, best selling author, publisher of The Marine Quarterly and Sea-Change Appeal Patron in the rigging putting a turn round the topsail.

Sam’s time aboard resulted in his well crafted full page missive in the summer, August edition of Practical Boat owner and well worth finding.

Also aboard was cook/3rd hand Jack Rickard and note the water bottle containing a secret message too.

Thames Sailing Barge Parade

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The Pool of London is going to be the place to be on Saturday 16th September to view the Thames Sailing Barge Parade.

Starting from West India Dock the fleet will pass through Tower Bridge at midday, raised specially for it, before returning to the Dock during the afternoon.

Sea-Change will be there aboard SB Reminder having sailed from Maldon with a crew of young people aboard, returning home the following week with another.

There will also be lots going on at the Dock on Sunday 17th too. It is adjacent to South Quay DLR station so easy to get to.

See you there.