Our fundraising platform has closed down quite abruptly. Until we put something new in place please can you start making donations to us through the excellent facility on our Facebook page.
As of today Sea-Change will cancel all charters until further notice.
We will continue to fit out the barge and will resume operations as soon as possible, and hope this will enable us to reschedule.
Deposits will be repaid where requested.
This decision has not been taken lightly but in the interests of everyone’s safety there is no other choice.
We wish you all the best during this difficult time and hope to see you all again as soon as is possible.
Hilary Halajko, Chair of Trustees
Staff from Clacton based Inclusion Ventures travelled to Maldon today to visit Blue Mermaid, which is currently in dry dock prior to getting underway for the new season.
Regular clients, Inclusion Venture‘s aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable young people from the most disadvantaged areas of Jaywick & West Clacton; supporting them to discover a wider prospective, and positive future that fulfils their potential. They are doing a great job.
1. Sailing barge matches
This year we will be entering some of the matches and there are still places available for up to six guests on some of these.This may not happen as much in future years as the priority is charitable work, but the trustees have decided to give the barge a chance this year. If interested please get in touch, the cost will be £100 per head.
For some years we have offered a structured sailing course and this year will be no exception. It will take place the week after the Colne Race (ie Monday 14th September) starting at Brightlingsea and ending in Maldon and will be for no more than six students. The idea is to provide structured experience for people working towards a Barge Master ticket or just interested in learning about how a sailing barge works. Items covered in a typical five day course are each sail and the rig, drudging (weather permitting) and main anchor work, multiple coming to and away from anchor in various wind and tide scenarios, picking up a buoy, kedging, use of stoppers, bowsprit jib (fixed stay and traveller) and stemhead rig, use of leeboards, heavy weather scenarios/rolling vangs/sail reduction configurations, man overboard, boat work. Opportunity is taken in the evenings to discuss as much as possible about local knowledge considerations and safe anchorages with an introduction to the exemption scheme and the Barge Master process.
It is assumed people will have a basic knowledge of sailing, but not necessarily in barges. Numbers are kept small to aid participation and every attempt is made to make the week affordable with a heavily reduced fee of £450 per head, with a £50 discount members of SSBR, AOB or SBA. Please contact us here.
The View from the Wheel
Sea-Change Sailing Trust’s Annual Report 2019
By Richard Titchener
Blue Mermaid – The First Season
In April 2019 the new barge towed away from Downs Road Boatyard for the first time to have the compass swung and undertake sea trials. Onlookers would have wondered at the several slow circles off the Basin while Peter Garrod worked his magic on the beautiful compass he has refurbished for us. He then presented the deviation card and climbed aboard the tug to return ashore ….Read the whole report here.