Haberdashers' award grant to the Rona Sailing Project

We are delighted to share the news that the RSP has received a grant from the Haberdashers’ Company to support disadvantaged young people to sail with us during the 2017 season. This grant will be used to ensure that young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives including young carers , have the opportunity to experience sail training. As a volunteer-based organisation, we depend on such charitable donations along with the time and commitment of all of so many volunteers to run our sail training programme.

 The support from The Haberdashers’ Company ensures that the sail training experience is accessible to a range of young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity. These people include young people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds experiencing social, emotional and mental health issues. We are confident that the support from the Haberdashers’ will equip them with invaluable life skills and experience to help them overcome problems they are experiencing. We see time and time again, the change in young people’s confidence and self-esteem which in turn makes a difference in how they view themselves and deal with people. We look forward to supporting young people to achieve their goals in 2017 with the assistance of the Haberdashers’ Company, to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

 Please contact us on 01489 885098  if you or someone you know would like to sail with the Rona Sailing Project.

The Haberdashers Company

The Haberdashers Company

Leg 1 from start to finish

Well done to all on Leg 1 on the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta (Greenwich - Torbay - Sines 8 - 30 April).  An experience they will never forget.

  • Skipper - Roy Anderson
  • Mate - Charles Clarke
  • Watch Officer - Ciara Jones
  • Watch Officer - Rybeka Parsons
  • Watch Officer - Paul Craig
  • Watch Leader - Aidan Sykes
  • Watch Leader - Will Grigsby
  • Watch Leader - Ferghal Swanwick
  • Crew - Jordan Tappenden, Thomas Irmiger, Jeremy Zhen, Joshua Pearson, Alex Earey, Harry Raffan, James Ainsworth, Dom Hall, Isaac Bury, Thomas Kendall, Thomas Chapman, Oisin Cullen, Joe Oram, Charles Nainty-Luxmoore

To read more about their experiences and the future legs please go to our Facebook page.

Rona II takes line honours for Leg 1

Quoted from Paul Bishop, Race Director Sail Training International...

“The final stages of race one proved to be incredibly exciting with many of the supports staying awake at home to witness the close finish between Rona II (UK) and Peter von Danzig (Germany) unfold on our live satellite tracker website. Both crews have sailed outstanding races with the lead changing frequently over 1,000 miles of racing. In the end Rona II managed to gain line honours in sight of her rival by 17 minutes and 55 seconds.

Roy Anderson, skipper of Rona II said “we had a neck and neck race with Peter von Danzig right up to the finish line” and he wished them good luck for race two to Bermuda. Hans-Heinrich von Maydell, skipper of Peter von Danzig congratulated Rona II on their success and explained that Rona II had made a good tactical decision by standing further off the Portuguese Coast to gain from the stronger winds. Both crews are enjoying the warm hospitality and weather here in Sines and there are plans for well-deserved celebrations”.


Rona II leaves for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

It's all started!!  Rona II departed from her home base on Saturday 8 April in bright sunshine on her way to London to join the other boats taking part in the Rendezvous Tall Ships 2017 Race.  Over the next 5 months she will visit Portugal, Canary Islands, Bermuda, US, Canada and France before returning home on 8 September.  Over 135 young people and volunteers will be experiencing an amazing adventure and we will be bringing you regular updates.

At the moment she is enjoying the sunshine along the French coast having already visited Dieppe and Boulogne and sampled some local cuisine.

Further updates can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/Transat2017/ and also on Instagram #rsptransat2017 

We wish them fair winds and following seas!

Sponsored swim generates nearly £800 for the RSP

Chris Pilling raised nearly £800 in a sponsored swim for the Rona Sailing Project. Chris's target was £400, so the amount raised is fantastic. What makes the effort even more incredible is that less than three weeks ago Chris had only swam just over 1.5km and today he swam 5km.

The funds raised will be used to provide direct support to young people to sail with us, who otherwise couldn't afford to. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to Chris and all his supporters.

The sponsorship page is still live so it's not too late to read his story and to sponsor him here

If you know of anyone who wishes to sail with us and may require assistance to do so, please contact ann@ronasailingproject.org.uk

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

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