Clacton Foundation Sailing Residential

Karl Delaine, Course Leader at Colchester Institute writes:

During October we had the pleasure of taking ten learners on Sailing Barge Reminder for a five day residential, with the Sea-Change Sailing Trust.

Our courses cater for learners with a multitude of learning difficulties, so consequently the group who took part in the sailing residential have a wide range of individual barriers to learning, in a social capacity, as well as academically. With this in mind, the sailing trip really is a great challenge for each individual. Read more here…

By | 2018-09-19T11:43:10+00:00 September 19th, 2018|

A Major Step Forward

Mark Butler of James Lawrence Sailmakers returned to Blue Mermaid yesterday to take us a major step forward.

The company was started by James Lawrence in the 1960’s. James was a commercial barge skipper, trading under sail, when he started making sails for barges & other traditional vessels. James & his staff concentrated on working in the traditional styles & methods while many other sailmakers moved over to more modern techniques. The company is now owned & run by Mark Butler who joined in 1977 & took over from James in 1995.

By | 2018-09-19T11:18:32+00:00 September 19th, 2018|

Blue Mermaid Receives Her Rudder

A further step in the fitting out of Blue Mermaid took place this week when her new rudder was offered up and fitted.

The steel rudder has been fabricated in Maldon by Heritage Marine and with the kind support of Chris Livett.

More photos of the operation are available here.

 

By | 2018-08-31T16:20:38+00:00 August 31st, 2018|

Returning Cambria

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Richard Writes: Leaving Maldon at 0930 on Wednesday 22nd August, we made our high water at Osea and ran down the Blackwater with a fine southwesterly breeze. Until Sales Point we had Thistle for company, on her way to the Colne and in no hurry with half a mainsail set to savour the day. Cambria had more miles to make and pushed on.
It was forty miles to the Medway but with a beat all the way from the Spitway this becomes more like sixty. It was just a little too windy in the gusts for the jib topsail but right for the mizzen and bowsprit jib. Only yachts motorsailing overtook us but it seemed an interminable time before the ebb eased and progress improved. Each tack between the Whitaker Spit and the East Barrow was a gain, but at first it was only yards, then hundreds of yards and eventually miles by the Maplin Middle. (more…)
By | 2018-09-19T12:23:07+00:00 August 30th, 2018|

All Good Things…

All good things come to an end and it was time last Monday and Tuesday to give the barge a thorough clean before returning her to owners Cambria Trust in Kent. Here we see Stretch vacuuming under the keelson and Sue playing air guitar mop after six hours cleaning the galley. The rest of the crew were busy removing the myriad of equipment and gadgets that had been part of home for the last five months.

Next day, Cambria towed away from Maldon behind the Downs Road Boatyard tug, early on tide which would be appreciated fourteen hours later when coming to anchor in the Medway against the first of the ebb. This delivery ends a twenty week bareboat charter during which she has completed eighteen residential voyages for Sea-Change Sailing Trust mainly from a mooring off Heybridge Basin where she has become a familiar sight. Returning to Hoo in Kent, she will be doing more work for her owners Cambria Trust before her well-earned winter refit.

By | 2018-08-28T12:10:47+00:00 August 28th, 2018|

YSS On Cambria – Continued

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Richard writes: And as hoped the rain stopped and Friday was a brilliant sunny day with a pleasant westerly breeze, ideal for dinghy sailing in the morning in Hamford Water and Kirby Creek. There was enough wind that almost everyone in the Toppers capsized at some point, Dan developing a technique of vaulting back aboard without getting himself wet above the waist.
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By | 2018-08-28T10:11:23+00:00 August 28th, 2018|