Sea-Change Sailing Trust are about changing lives for the better. They provide groups of youngsters and some adults, who in all probability, would never otherwise get the chance, an unforgettable experience of life at sea on a Thames sailing barge. This is not just about giving disadvantaged young people a memorable sailing experience though. This will be an unfamiliar environment for most new crew members who would have come from a broad spectrum of often challenged backgrounds to step on board into the unknown of the new surroundings; Intriguing nautical shapes, spars and tall masts, bright paintwork and compass brass, shackles, knots and miles of rope forming a weave of rigging that make up their temporary floating home. Along the adventure that follows they will experience the highs and lows of the tide, suppers in the saloon, life in the galley, spider silk trailing from aloft, the physical effort to haul rope and set sail under the big skies of the glorious East-Coast.
|Crew working the windlass © Sea-Change Sailing Trust|
A few days spent harnessing nature like this is something that can be hard to compare with on our dusty city streets where car horns toot over exhaust fumes that billow.
|Up the rigging © Sea-Change Sailing Trust|
At present the Sea-Change Sailing Trust charter the sailing barge Reminder for these trips and have trips booked with the Cambria too. The Trust is doing such a fantastic job in providing this rather unique platform for young people to develop into bright futures that it now needs its own sailing barge.
This is where your help in spreading the word can make all the difference. If we can make more people aware of Sea-Change Sailing Trust and the good work they are doing we just may, in however small a way, be able to help them with their appeal. The Trust are well under way to raise £650,000, which will build them a fully rigged steel sailing barge. One aim for the new barge is to carry cargo once more. The barge will be a replica of Blue Mermaid, the last barge to be built back in the 1930s. With this new vessel they will be able to run many more than the current amount of trips. To think that will enable Sea-Change to reach out to even more young people and effect a positive.
Whether you simply tell a friend, or donate in other ways, it doesn't matter, it will be valued enormously.
The Trust are based in Maldon, at the head of River Blackwater. If you have any questions or want to know more please contact development officer Don Ramsay whose contact number, along with more detailed information on how to donate can found via this link to the Sea - Change Sailing Trust website.