Watch our promotional film to find out more about what it is like to be based at the Sea-change Sailing Trust. 

About the Trust

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust offers a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation. The charity is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training and Sailability Foundation centre, and Duke of Edinburgh Award Approved Activity Centre.

The vessels

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust has recently launched its own vessel Blue Mermaid, a replica of an original steel barge of the same name. She is an engineless Thames sailing barge with the ability to carry cargo within the lower Thames Estuary. Built for group sails, she maintains the traditional rigging and decking of a sea-going Thames barge to preserve traditional seamanship skills.

Sailing programme

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust offers sailing experiences around the coastal waters of the Thames Estuary, usually from its base in Maldon, Essex.

SHTP 2 training placement

Trainees have the opportunity to sail aboard Blue Mermaid, hosting parties of young people as part of youth development programmes, and chartered cruises. Blue Mermaid is being developed to carry commercial cargo and therefore working with loading and moving cargo acts as an important component of the placement.  Trainees learn how traditional Thames barges are sailed and maintained, whilst developing the necessary skills to become a valuable member of a traditional sailing ship’s crew.   

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