A busy season ahead for The Cirdan Sailing Trust

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The annual winter refit of all three Cirdan vessels ensures they are operationally sound and looking good for the season that follows. This year is no exception with a new boiler for the heating on Queen Galadriel, new winches on Faramir, new upholstery on Duet and metres of new rope and sail cloth across the fleet.

Many of the popular dates are already filled with voyages including local East Coast passages and further afield to Hartlepool and the South Coast with Queen Galadriel and Faramir sailing in company to Boulogne with a mixture of French and English students. Queen Galadriel is being used a stage for a youth theatre production at the Poole Boat Show and Duet is promoting the Trust by taking part in the Round the Island Race.

Various other dates and events are available as the season progresses for any group looking for a positive experience to help their young people gain confidence, work as a team and develop social skills. Our Voyage of Discovery Fund provides grants to help groups participate in this experience.

Cut price voyage with Adventures Offshore

Adventures Offshore has an absolute bargain voyage – £150 for a seven day fully catered voyage. There are still some berths available on Offshore and Ocean Scout for 27 August – 3 September. The two Oyster 49 yachts sail from Southampton to Ipswich via France and the D-Day landing beaches. No previous sailing experience is necessary. RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew may be completed on this voyage, and it also qualifies as a DofE residential week. Young people will need a passport for this trip. Adventures Offshore provide waterproof clothing and personal safety equipment.
Enquiries to: Adventures Offshore, tel 01206 385071, or email adventuresoffshre.co.uk

Farewell to Skipper Bill Ewen

We are sure that the many young people who sailed with Excelsior’s Bill Ewen would like to join us in paying tribute to a great skipper. Bill, who sadly passed away in March, made such a positive difference to so many young people’s lives. His leadership skills, sailing experience and knowledge is a great loss and he is sadly missed by all who sailed with him. http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/tributes_paid_to_skipper_of_lowestoft_s_last_sailing_trawler_1_4476616