Having started the season with three excellent weeks on our old friend Reminder, while the yard finished laying Blue Mermaid’s decks each end and the 1001 other things on the list, it was great to welcome aboard six young people and two staff from the Stour Blue Water Pass Trust.

This amazing new charity offering activities afloat for young people invited Blue Mermaid to provide the venue for their launch reception on 1st June and this gave us a passage from Maldon to share with some of their clients.

And that is not all! By kind arrangement with the owners of Mistley Quay it was possible to lay alongside. This meant the new Blue Mermaid passed the yard where the original was launched in 1930, in fact also kindly towed in by David Foster who now runs the yard.

The photo shows the group at the end of the five day trip during which we visited Brightlingsea and Pin Mill. More photos here.