The Rona Sailing Project, (formerly The London Sailing Project) is one of the oldest Sail Training organisations in the UK, established for over 50 years.
Since we began, we have taken over 20,000 young people to sea and given them the experience of a lifetime, greater self-confidence and a new perspective on the world.
Apart from a dedicated full-time team of just four staff, the Project has 400 volunteers, who are Skippers, Mates, Watch Officers and Watch Leaders. Their active support enables us to touch the lives of a large and disparate group of people, all of whom, in their own way, significantly benefit from an experience at sea.
One of the most astonishing features of the Project it is almost entirely volunteer based. We employ only four full time staff to run the Project. Each voyage is run by the volunteer Afterguard, which normally consists of a Skipper, a Mate, two Watch Officers and two Watch Leaders. Read more about volunteering opportunities at the Rona Sailing Project here.
For me this was my first experience of such sailing and I am hooked, I loved every minute of it and indeed all of the young people told me that they too loved the experience. I was very proud of how the crew, most of whom knew only one other person at the start, came together and worked so well as a team. None of this would have been possible without the guidance of the wonderful Afterguard – everyone was magnificent. David, Youth Leader, Portsmouth