Even after growing up in a city right on the coastline, the maritime heritage sector was not a career avenue I had even considered to be a possibility until after leaving fulltime education. I knew that I wanted to do something practical, like mechanics or carpentry, yet I struggled finding a feasible way to retrain. It wasn’t until after my first sail on a wooden boat that I was told that some people do this for a living. So for the next few years after that sail, I worked for months so that I could sail for weeks.
Some jobs less glamorous than others and constantly changing workplaces. This eventually grew quite tiresome and I had no clear path. Even though I had racked up some impressive trips in my log, I couldn’t quite seem to make any sort of jump into the industry. My next decision after that was to find work in boatyards with the little knowledge I had on refit work. Here I worked with a local sailing association working on their traditional vessels, and then I worked for a general yacht repair company. This work was substantially more fulfilling than most of my previous jobs, and during this time I found out about this course.
Read more about the Sea-Change Sailing Trust and the opportunities available as part of the SHTP 2 project.
UPDATE APRIL 2020 - I was asked to create a leather chafe stopper around the eye splice that was eating away at the seizing. This was a pleasant opportunity to practise some of the tricks learnt at IBTC Lowestoft...
UPDATE OCTOBER 2019 - Even after growing up in a city right on the coastline, the maritime heritage sector was not a career avenue I had even considered to be a possibility until after leaving full-time education...Read more