Thames Barge Sailing With Dementia Adventure

da_logoSailing from Maldon, we explore the beautiful ‘Essex Sunshine Coast’ with partners the Sea Change Sailing Trust.

The Essex coast is the longest of any English county with 350 miles of varied and beautiful coastline. Our route takes in rugged sheltered coves, vast salt marshes that teem with wildfowl and beautiful sandy beaches.

Here at Dementia Adventure we have witnessed first-hand for years how much benefit people with dementia and their carers can derive from joining a group sailing trip like this—even if they have never sailed before. Read the rest of this entry >>

London Nautical School Year 9 Thames Sailing Barge Trip

Year 9 boys on the Bow of “Reminder” checking their life jackets in Maldon

Year 9 boys on the Bow of “Reminder” checking their life jackets in Maldon

It has been a busy year for trips and activities within the Nautical Department, with a residential trip taking place for the year 9, 10, 11 and 12s!

One of the most successful Nautical trips has been the Thames Barge Sailing Experience for the year 9s back in the Spring term.  A group of 18 year 9 Nautical Students took part in 3 day sailing experience on-board a Thames Sailing Barge, where the boys had to prepare their bunks, organise all the catering (including cooking) and the navigation of the vessel.

For all the boys, it was a first time experience being on-board a 1929 Sailing Barge “Reminder”, which is now fully modernised to accommodate groups of students in comfort and safety.

Departing from Maldon in Essex, the boys set sail into the Blackwater sailing waters and spent the first day getting accustomed to the boat and its large sail area.  Each student was organised into a watch-duty system, which arranged who was on duty on the main deck, who was off-duty and the roles of cooking and cleaning clearly allocated.  Much to the surprise of the boys, they were either in Port or Starboard watch and it all became clear why each form group at the LNS is allocated into a “watch” as part of the Nautical ethos of the school. Read the rest of this entry »

Gravesend Sea Cadets Sail Training With Sea-Change

Gravesend Sea CadetsThanks to generous sponsorship from the Port of London Authority and the Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust 10 cadets aged 11 – 17 together with two volunteer adult leaders were able to embark on a 5 day adventure with the Sea-Change Trust aboard TSB Reminder sailing from Maldon on the East Coast.

The purpose of the voyage was to give the cadets a rather different experience to that provided by the Sea Cadet Corps own offshore fleet of Royalist and the two power training vessels John Jerwood and Jack Petchey.

In particular, part of the intention was for the cadets to gain an insight into an area of maritime history of particular significance to the area in which they live and as part of the project the cadets undertook some research into the history of the Thames Spritsail Sailing barge. Read the rest of this entry »

Sail With Sea-Change In 2017

Stowing up at sunsetWe offer a wide range of sailing opportunities. Most residentials are of five days duration and a bursary may be available so please tell us what you would like to do.

* Join us to develop your traditional sailing skills and obtain formal sailing accreditation, with opportunities for onward career progression.

* Join us to undertake your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential.

* Join us with your school or youth group of up to 12 people including leaders for inclusive, confidence building sea-going residentials.

* Join us with your carers on voyages specifically designed for young people or adults with learning differences.

* Join us with your organisation or family for a team building or enjoyable weekend under sail.

Please contact us here for more information. Happy sailing!

Fitting Out Blue Mermaid

Fixing the floorsWork steadily continues to fit out and rig Blue Mermaid at Heritage Marine – Downs Road Boatyard, Maldon.

Here you can see the floors nearing completion, whilst work is also going on to fit tie beam, hatches and batten hooks. Wood and steel for spars is ordered and we have acquired winches, which are being renovated.

Tenders are out for other parts and commissioning is scheduled during 2017. We’ll keep you posted.

Full ASTO Membership

ASTO MemberWith sailing smack Sallie and following the launch of sailing barge Blue Mermaid, we are delighted to have been elected full members of The Association of Sail Training Organisations.

To quote ASTO, ‘Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives. It provides an intense, structured environment with defined boundaries and a clear common purpose: the successful completion of a voyage. Participants learn to manage themselves and interact with others, dramatically boosting their self-awareness and confidence.’

From our perspective, that says it all.