In June, the Rona Sailing Project celebrated the 40 year anniversary of Sail Training Vessel Donald Searle. Operational since 1979, Donald Searle is the oldest purpose-built sail training vessel in the UK to be commissioned and operated exclusively for sail training by the same organisation.
In her career to date, Donald Searle competed in the international Tall Ships Race each year between 1980 and 1991, and successfully completed the 1984 Transatlantic race. This racing role within the Project was then taken over by the Rona II, and since then, Donald Searle has concentrated on sail-training voyages closer to home. While her crew have mainly been young people between the ages of 14-19, Donald Searle has taken on a very special role of being the primary vessel for a programme of therapeutic voyages run by the RSP. These therapeutic voyages have been running for more than 20 years and include sailing for adults with diagnosed mental health issues as well as adults with mild to severe learning disabilities, on our ‘Gemini Sailing’ voyages and recovery voyages for young people and adult with substance misuse issues.
This is the crew
This is Andy and his wife…..