A reflection of Sea-Change’s training influence afloat with the groups of young people with whom it works could not have been better demonstrated than today.

The charity is currently keeping two barges busy, its regular sailing barge Reminder, built in 1929 and the mighty engine-less Cambria of 1906, which slipped from Maldon together on this afternoon’s tide.

Reminder warped alongside Cambria and pulled her away from Maldon’s Hythe Quay in light airs. Parting and setting sail a mile down river off Heybridge Basin, only Cambria’s stern could be seen by those following by the time she bore away at the end of Collier’s Reach. This is a testament to the significance of her heritage after 106 years entirely under sail and a clear demonstration of wind as an ongoing power source for the future, despite today’s gentle conditions.

One of Sea-Change’s aims is to train young people in traditional sea-going skills, many of whom return independently after initially sailing as members of support groups. These young sailors will enable working sail to survive into the future, for their and other young people’s benefit, to the vessel’s and country’s heritage and to the environment.