Racing Success

Xylonite at the 2016 Southend Barge Match

Sailing barges anchored off Southend Pier after the Southend Barge Match on 28th August.

The race was won by Xylonite (middle of the picture) with a Sea-Change crew who collected the maximum possible championship points, 9 including the fastest overall start and the seamanship prize.

Sea Cadets Under Sail

sea-cadet-lucy-0816Sea Cadet Lucy, who joined us for a recent reception held at HMS President, steers away from the Upper Pool of London.

The week was composed of two groups of Sea Cadets. They received a good introduction to the the lower Thames and estuary.

There are more photos featuring Sea Cadets from City of London and Gravesend Units on our Facebook page.

West Mersea Sea Scouts Come Racing

West Mersea Sea Scouts on SallieHere are four Sea Scouts from West Mersea with their leader on sailing smack Sallie. They had been competing in the East Coast Old Gaffers Race supported by the Old Gaffers Association Youth Fund.

It was a day of little wind and boats struggled to get around the shortened course. Sallie was second smack home and on handicap was awarded the Sheave Trophy for coming third in her class.

She was owned by West Mersea Sea Scouts in the 1960s and early 70s before being sold away so it was very fitting to be sailing with a newer generation aboard.

Colchester Institute Work Prep Celebrate Success Afloat

Workprep Collage Cover May16

Colchester Institute offers full and part-time courses for 14 – 19 year-olds who have a range of learning or behavioural issues.

Work Preparation aims to support students into employment through development of their skills both in numeracy and literacy and a range of vocational options. All courses have a wide range of enrichment activities to make learning enjoyable and meaningful.

Their 5 day residential with Sea-Change is a regular event in our calendar and we have subsequently received this new collage, which pupils went to great effort assembling – please enjoy!

Plus, these photos are a snapshot of their time aboard.

 

Reception For Blue Mermaid

M&BS imageThursday 7th July dawned calm, sunny and warm. Perfect for a reception welcoming our newly built Thames sailing barge, Blue Mermaid, to her new home.

Joining her on Maldon’s Hythe Quay was a large and happy gathering of friends and supporters who listened to speeches from Chair Hilary Halajko, EO Richard Titchener, Chairman of Appeal Patrons, Rear Admiral David Snelson, Maldon Town Mayor, Councillor Richard Miller and to hear Canon Bill Broad bless the vessel and wish her a long and successful life. We were also afforded a guard of honour by Maldon Sea Cadet Corps.

Thanks to Den Phillips Photos we have a splendid record of the day, which can be viewed here.

Thanks also to the Maldon and Burnham Standard for their coverage.

Blue Mermaid is now moving just a little further upriver to TS Rigging where she is to be fitted out and rigged, entering service with the charity next season.

Thames Match 2016 With The PLA

Photo Nick Jordan

Photo Nick Jordan

We have been delighted to sail with a crew from the Port of London Authority at the Thames Match for several years, which is considered a team-building exercise as well as supporting a long-standing event, second only to the America’s Cup in longevity. Over the years we have had a good or steady performance in the Match aboard Wyvenhoe, Cambria and Reminder. This year Reminder had an early booking elsewhere and we are very grateful to Tim Kent, owner of Xylonite, for the opportunity to take her in the Match. It was a walk down memory lane because the first time we sailed with the Authority was with her over ten years back. This year the Match was on Saturday 25th June and the barge returned to Maldon three days before from filming at Dunkirk for a film of the same name. Apparently actors in uniform had been swarming aboard from the beach just as they had in 1940. We await the film with interest. Read the rest of this entry »