The Scaramouche Sailing Trust

The Scaramouche Sailing Trust is a programme that kick started at Greig City Academy in 2014 by Jon Holt, Head of Outdoor Education. It started with driving students from North London to Poole for sailing weekends and has grown to become a comprehensive programme with a fleet of boats ranging from a Topper dinghy to a 45ft racing yacht Scaramouche, the boat the are most famous for.

The students are the sailors as well as the shore crew, restoring the boats, training and getting in the sea miles, learning how to race and stay safe on the water.

In 2017 they were the first comprehensive state school to complete the Rolex Fastnet Race, two years later they completed the race again, becoming the first to do back-to-back campaigns.

In 2019 the programme became a registered charity. It is safe to say it would not be where it is today and achieved what it has without the support of people they have met within the marine industry and those prepared to give their time, goods in kind and monetary donations.

However, more donations are needed to continue our work of transforming lives through the sailing and the opportunities it brings. All our work depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider giving £5 a month - it would make a massive difference.

Today our priorities are:

Building our sailing programme with Greig City Academy.

We will provide opportunities for more students from all backgrounds, at all levels from dinghy sailing to cruising and offshore racing, including major regattas like Cork Week and Cowes Week. We will develop our girls programme further.

Establishing the Scaramouche Sailing Trust as an effective, independent charity.

We will put in place the foundations needed to take our work to the next level, ensuring it is professional, safe and inspiring. We will raise funds from a variety of sources and set up as a lean, efficient organisation. We will stay true to our ethos: inclusive, committed and practical.

Piloting ways of working with other state schools across the country.

We will identify ways of scaling up our work that: encourage participation, build on our experience and are practical for schools. We will trial and learn from them, with the aim of developing an ambitious strategy for the next three years.

We are currently recruiting a small group of Founder Donors who give at a higher level. They play a crucial part in our journey as we take Scaramouche Sailing Trust to the next level.

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Jubilee Sailing Trust

Everyone at the Jubilee Sailing Trust is really excited to be a part of Cowes Week 2022. We will be in attendance with our beautiful three masted 65 metre long unique wooden tall ship, SV Tenacious.

There will be opportunities for people to come onboard and experience our tall ship first hand, as well as chances for some groups or organisations to use her for entertaining as well as watching the racing.

If you would be interested in an entertaining package during the regatta week onboard our tall ship, please contact us early to register your interest via suzie.brushett@jst.org.uk.

Onshore we plan to have an exhibition stand where we will be inviting people to try their luck to win some fantastic raffle prizes and other sailing related activities to keep everyone entertained.

As the only tall ship in the world designed and built to be sailed by a truly mixed ability crew, we are able to welcome and provide sailing to a wide variety of people who may have impairments and health conditions.

Who sails with us?

We welcome people from all walks of life. Anyone can sail with us from age 16 upwards on a voyage. Children from as young as 12 can join a day sail, if accompanied by a parent or appropriate adult, making it a great day out for families, schools and groups. There is no upper age limit on either voyages or day sails. Many who sail with us are complete sailing novices, whilst some are passionate tall ship sailors. We aim to make a difference to the lives of all our participants, but we know that our impact is especially strong for:

  • disabled people, including those with physical impairments and learning disabilities or difficulties
  • those dealing with long term health issues or mental health conditions
  • the lonely or socially isolated
  • those dealing with significant challenges or change in their career or educational life - people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including disadvantaged youth

Activities aboard

Aboard Tenacious people become deeply immersed in an inclusive sailing experience. At sea, where conditions can be unpredictable and sometimes wild, the experience is challenging yet rewarding. Teams work together to sail the ship and perform tasks with real responsibilities. The adaptive design of Tenacious creates an accessible and enabling environment for all. Everyone is seen and treated as an equal, contributing to the best of their ability. On a JST sailing adventure, people’s differences disappear and lasting friendships form.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust - changing lives through adventure and exploration.

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