There are several Essex sailing charities that you could support locally!

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust are based in Malden in Essex. At one point there were over 2,000 Thames Barges in trade and their distinctive design and construction allowed them to be sailed by just one man and a boy. Very few barges now remain, so The Trust aims to keep as many barges sailing as possible by continuing to teach the skills necessary to sail them; and upkeep and preserve their condition.

The Trust offers the opportunity to support their work by becoming a member. Supporters receive regular newsletters and become part of a community dedicated to ensuring the barges can continue to be enjoyed forever. (Also, if you’re looking to charter a Thames sailing barge, they can help!)

The Sea-Change Sailing Trust are based at Maldon in Essex and offer residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. They provide the chance to undertake a wide range of life skills by living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel. Participants are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contributions. Programmes range from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation.

FACT provide exciting outdoor adventure activities for young people at Tollesbury, on the Essex coast. The centre is a unique place for adventure, relaxation and exploring the environment. There’s the choice of chilling with good food and good company, or alternatively selecting some of the more energetic activities on offer.

FACT offers sailing, boating, dinghy sailing, RYA dinghy sailing courses, powerboating, rafting and family day-sail ‘tasters’. Shore-based activities include archery, art and craft, birdwatching, climbing, walking, field studies, orienteering, retreats, team building, watercolour painting and tailored programmes for schools. The residential courses and activities also serve people with special needs and FACT welcomes those from areas of social exclusion.

Does one of these charities interest you? Click on the links to visit the websites.

Other Sailing Charities that may interest you:
East Coast Sail Trust
Rona Sailing Project

If you have a local sailing charity that is important to you let us know: we’d be happy to feature it on our blog.