June Sail Training Voyage available for a group

Ahead of a busy season we have only one sail training voyage available for a group booking. The voyage available is on Merrilyn from 8th -14th June. We can accommodate up to 9 people (including one group leader) from the age of 14.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a youth group to crew a large yacht, under the careful eye of the Rona Sailing Project volunteers. There is also the potential to do an RYA course whilst on board and there are opportunities for young people to return and train as a Rona Sailing Project volunteer. No previous sailing experience is necessary.

The cost is only £200 per person for the week, and we have a grant scheme in place for anyone who cannot meet the full voyage fee.

Contact Brid on brid@ronasailingproject.org.uk for further details.


The Superyacht Charities support RSP Transatlantic Campaign

We are very pleased to announce that The Superyacht Charities, has donated £11,000 towards the Rona Sailing Project’s “Rendezvous 2017” - Transatlantic Tall Ships Race campaign. Rona II will participate in this international youth event which will see her race and cruise from Southampton, to Greenwich, then onwards to Portugal and Bermuda, before visiting ports on the East Coast of America and Canada. Each leg will be crewed by young people under the age of 25, under the watchful eye of some of our most experienced and qualified volunteers. 

This money, very gratefully received, was raised at the Superyacht Charities’ 2016 Superyacht Gala Ball, and represents only part of what was raised, with the Antibes Lifeboat and Sail4Cancer also being supported. The money received will be used to provide bursary support to those young people for whom the amount needed to participate in this event would otherwise be out of reach.

For further information on the campaign including information on crew spaces and sponsorship opportunities, please contact either Brid Barrett,  Project Director, or Gareth Parker, RSP “Rendezvous 2017” Campaign Chairman.

Rona Sailing Project celebrates the opening of new facilities

Trustees and staff of the Rona Sailing Project were joined by volunteers, representatives of STI, ASTO, and the RYA, along with Tracy Edwards MBE and partner organisations including local schools to celebrate the opening of a new purpose built hangar – Hangar Zero - and new training facilities at the RSP HQ on December 5th. Part of recent developments at Universal Marina, the new Hangar represents a major investment by John Willment Marine Ltd to whom we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the development and their support of the RSP.

We would also like to offer sincere thanks to the Trinity House Charity for the grant to the Rona Sailing Project as part of the Local Waterborne Training Award. The grant has been used to refurbish and update the facilities and to improve the training resources available to the volunteers, upon whom we depend to run the voyages. The investment into training and resources will make a big difference to the Rona Sailing Project, and will contribute massively to providing lasting long-term benefit to the organisation and to the young people and vulnerable adults who sail with us.  

Trinity House were represented at the opening celebration by Commodore Philip Warwick RN who was assigned as the liaison between the Rona Sailing Project and Trinity House for this project. We would like thank Commodore Philip Warwick for his enthusiasm, advice and support to the Rona Sailing Project.

The development represents great progress both for the Rona Sailing Project and for sail training. We are very proud of the new facilities and we are most thankful to all of those who assisted in completing the works over the last 8 months and we look forward to welcoming volunteers, crew and partner organisations over the coming season and beyond.

Others in attendance included representatives of the Alan Rivers Foundation, The Girdlers Company, Warsash Sailing Club, Locks Heath Rotary Club, The Gwennili Trust, Akzo Nobel, along with Councillor Sean Woodward

Click on the photos to see the gallery


The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights supports RSP bursary fund

We are very grateful to The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, who have awarded the RSP a very generous grant to support disadvantaged young people to sail with us. This grant will be put to very good use in the 2017 season, supporting people who may not otherwise be able to sail.

As a volunteer-based sail training charity we depend on the time and support of so many volunteers, but also on the financial support of donors such as the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. We look forward to working with the representatives of the charity over the coming season in ensuring that the objectives of the grant are fulfilled.

Trinity House provides financial boost to Rona II's new Mast and Rig Campaign

Trinity House has awarded the RSP £10,000 towards  Rona II's new Mast and Rigging fund.

Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community and we are very thankful for both the financial support and the endorsement of the work we do at the RSP.

This marks the third year in a row that Trinity House has provided financial support to the Project. This support has been massive for the organisation and has allowed us to develop and to get better and what we do.

Follow this link to see how much we have raised so far and how much we have to go.

The RSP awarded generous grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded a grant to the RSP in support of our work providing young people and vulnerable adults the opportunity to participate in sail training voyages. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support.

The RSP depends on this kind of generous support to ensure that we can continue to provide often life-changing sailing opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults from all walks of life.

We look forward to the upcoming season and reporting back on the impact the grant has made to those who benefit directly.


2017 Sailing Programme now open for bookings

Our 2017 programme was launched at the end of September and we have taken an unprecedented amount of bookings to date, with some voyages already full.

At £200, we have not increased the voyage fee for 2017 as we aim to make sail training accessible to as many young people as possible, from all backgrounds and abilities. We offer a fantastic sail training experience across our fleet of three ocean-going yachts.

Voyages can be used towards DofE Gold residential and as an RYA School it is also possible to gain entry level certificates during your voyage. While no previous experience is required, it is also a fantastic way to experience big-boat sailing if you are looking to build on previous sailing experience.

If you hope to sail with us, or know someone who might be interested then please contact us as soon as possible to book a berth or if you want more information.

Email Brid on brid@ronasalingproject.org.uk or call us on 01489 885098



RONA II Refit well underway for Transat 2017

Rona II will be participating in Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and preparations to get ready to cross the Atlantic, are well underway! The crew from leg 1 - Southampton to Sines in Portugal via Greenwich - got the refit off to a great start by de-storing everything from the pots and pans to the anchor!

Leg 2 crew, who will take Rona II from Sines to Bermuda worked hard to clean her interior including the bilges amongst other things,  and here is evidence to prove it


Rona Sailing Project has a successful ASTO Small Ships Race 2016

Every year the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) organises a small ships race in Cowes to mark the end of the summer sailing season. As per RSP tradition, all four boats - Donald Searle, Rona II, Merrilyn and Lady Shona participated, with crew members chosen from 2016 Amory and Scott Award Holders.

Merrilyn, skippered by Charlie Clarke came third in class while Donald Searle came second, skippered by Nigel Sharp. Merrilyn was also awarded best dressed crew.

Read more about the event here 

Many thanks to ASTO for hosting a great event and we look forward to the 2017 event on October 7th



Just some of the Rona Sailing Project crew and volunteers who participated in the ASTO Small Ships Race 2016

Just some of the Rona Sailing Project crew and volunteers who participated in the ASTO Small Ships Race 2016

Oyster Yachts lend support to Rona II's fundraising campaign

We are most grateful to Oyster Yachts who have lent their support to our fundraising campaign to replace Rona II's Mast and Rigging. Rona II, an Oyster 68 is one of the most hard working Oysters in the world and has taken more than 7,200 young people to sea in her career to date. Replacing her mast and rigging will future proof Rona II for many years to come affording many more thousands of young people the opportunity to participate in often life-changing voyages.

Oyster Yachts is the international market leader for world-class cruising yachts, renowned for their quality, comfort and performance and we are delighted that Rona II features in the summer 2016 edition of the Oyster owners magazine.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to CEO David Tydeman and the rest of the Oyster team for featuring Rona II and our fundraising campaign in the magazine.

To support our campaign, please follow this link donate what you can.