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St Martin’s Cub Scouts and the Adult Mental Health Group set sail thanks to the James Whalley High Flight Charity

June 25, 2013adminNews

Bristol Pilot Cutters Week

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The James Whalley High Flight Charity has signed up to sponsor a day’s sailing for two community groups. St Martin’s Cub Scouts and the Adult Mental Health Group will enjoy sailing a traditional wooden pilot cutter ship as part of the Set Sail Trust’s annual Bristol Pilot Cutters Week.

As the James Whalley High Flight charity founder, Sue Whalley, explains: ‘The activity fulfills our charity’s remit to help children and other groups experience all the opportunities and sports that James enjoyed. When we set up the charity we decided we would support activities that reflected James’ love of the water and flying. Having read about the Set Sail Trust’s activities we immediately thought it was a great fit. We hope sponsoring a Bristol Pilot Cutter might become a regular activity for us.’

Two replica Bristol Pilot Cutters have taken over 300 school children and under privileged groups out on the water as part of weeklong activity that is in its fourth year.

During the day the Amelie Rose and the Merlin have been kept busy with over 35 groups coming on board and in the evening eight Corporate Ambassadors raced against each other in the Bristol Cutters Evening Challenge. It is their generous support, along with the James Whalley High Flight Charity, that has helped the Set Sail Trust continue this annual event.

The primary aim of the Set Sail Trust is to make maritime-based activities accessible to a wider audience as well as teaching the community more about maritime history. The Bristol Pilot Cutters were traditionally used to guide merchant ships through the treacherous Bristol Channel and their reputation for speed and efficiency in difficult waters is well deserved. As well as bringing history alive, the sailing builds confidence and helps to teach children boating skills such as rigging the sails, navigation basics and how the tides behave. Along the way there is fun, excitement and of course plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Children from a number of the Bailiwick’s primary schools (years five and six) were invited to set sail on the two Bristol Pilot Cutters. Pupils from Vauvert, Haute Capelles, Le Rondin, Le Murier, St Andrews, St Anne’s have all taken part.

Other groups to benefit include: The Link Centre, The Sports Commission, St Martin’s Cub Scouts, the Adult Mental Health group and Wigwam Special Needs. Mary Ferguson, Leader with St Martin’s Cub Pack explains why they took up this opportunity: ‘Cubs are encouraged to try new things, to expand their horizons, to explore new opportunities; sailing brings them close to the sea and close to a timeless way of life that will live long in their memories.’

‘We’re excited to have the Bristol Pilot Cutters visit Guernsey again this year. It continues to be a popular event amongst children and special needs or under privileged groups and we thank the sponsors who support the Set Sail Trust in funding the boats. Children and adults alike come back on shore windswept, happy and full of excitement about their adventure. It’s become a highly anticipated event in the Set Sail Trust’s calendar,’ states Michael Strachan, Managing Director of International Asset Monitor, one of the Set Sail Trust’s four trustees.

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Bristol Pilot Cutters Week
17th – 26th June 2013

16th June 2013 will see two replica Bristol Pilot Cutters sail into St Peter Port for the fourth consecutive year, thanks to the continued support of the Set Sail Trust and local businesses. The 60ft wooden hulled classic ships will sail off Guernsey all week, taking over 300 school children and under privileged groups out on the water.
During the day the Amelie Rose and the Merlin will be kept busy with over 35 groups coming on board and in the evening eight Corporate Ambassadors will race against each other in the Bristol Cutters Evening Challenge. It is their generous support that helps the Set Sail Trust continue this annual event and for the first time they will be joined by a group from Government House, led by His Excellency the Lieutenant- Governor, Air Marshal Peter Walker.

The primary aim of the Set Sail Trust is to make maritime-based activities accessible to a wider audience as well as teaching the community more about maritime history. The Bristol Pilot Cutters were traditionally used to guide merchant ships through the treacherous Bristol Channel and their reputation for speed and efficiency in difficult waters is well deserved. As well as bringing history alive, the sailing builds confidence and helps to teach children boating skills such as rigging the sails, navigation basics and how the tides behave. Along the way there is fun, excitement and of course plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Children from a number of the Bailiwick’s primary schools (years five and six) have been invited to set sail on the two Bristol Pilot Cutters. Pupils from Vauvert, Haute Capelles, Le Rondin, Le Murier, St Andrews, St Anne’s will all take part. Other groups to benefit include: The Link Centre, The Sports Commission, St Martin’s Cub Scouts, the Adult Mental Health group and Wigwam Special Needs. As Caroline Wilkes Green from the Link Centre explains: ‘The experience they gain from being aboard the boats helps children to develop confidence. Pupils love the hands-on nature of helping to sail these historic ships and it’s brilliant to see the smiles on their faces when we come back ashore.’

This year the Merlin will stay on for an additional three days, which has enabled even more groups to enjoy this exhilarating experience. ‘We’re excited to have the Bristol Pilot Cutters visit Guernsey again this year. It continues to be a popular event amongst children and special needs or under privileged groups and we thank the businesses who support the Set Sail Trust in funding the boats. Children and adults alike come back on shore windswept, happy and full of excitement about their adventure. It’s become a highly anticipated event in the Set Sail Trust’s calendar,’ states Michael Strachan, Managing Director of International Asset Monitor, one of the Set Sail Trust’s four trustees.
 
This year eight businesses have signed up to be Corporate Ambassadors, sponsoring a boat for the day and each enabling at least 20 children or special needs adults to enjoy the experience of sailing these historic ships. Mercator Trust, Ogier, International Asset Monitor, Ipes Guernsey, Trust Corporation, OCS, Price Waterhouse Cooper, RBS International have all been generous in their support.

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Become a corporate Ambassador of Set Sail Trust

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Sponsor a Bristol Cutter (Bristol Cutter week 17-21 June)

By supporting Set Sail Trust you will be helping others in the local community who wouldn’t normally get access to a range of nautical activities.

  • For a donation of £1,000 the Corporate Ambassadors will:
  • Fund a day of sailing for underprivileged groups, special needs schools and the States chosen primary school for that year, plus
  • Gain automatic entry into the Bristol Cutters Evening Challenge – great for corporate hospitality or for staff team building
  • Get recognition as a Corporate Ambassador on the Set Sail Trust website and marketing material surrounding the Bristol Cutters Week on 17-21 June 2013
  • Have the option to use the SST logo on their own marketing material

More kayaking instructors thanks to the Set Sail Trust

September 7, 2012adminNews

Guernsey’s youth clubs, schools and activity groups now have access to ten new canoe and kayak  BCU Level 1 Paddlesport Coaches, thanks to co-funding from The Set Sail Trust.

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Trust fund 2012 Herm Activity Weekends

April 23, 2012adminNews

THE Set Sail Trust has organised and funded two Herm Island outdoor activity weekends for families this Spring. Continue reading →

Community Windsurfing sails are donated

March 13, 2012adminNews

The Set Sail Trust is delighted to announce their involvement in the Guernsey Sailing Trust’s community windsurfing for 2011.  Continue reading →

Mercator sails to victory

March 12, 2012adminNews

Mercator Group was the fastest team of the week in the Set Sail Trust Pilot Challenge. Continue reading →

Boys Brigade sail Poole to Guernsey

March 11, 2012adminNews

6 of the boys from the 2nd Guernsey Regiment made a 12-hour sail across the English Channel aboard Polly Agatha. Continue reading →

Dolphin Escorts Make Sailing Trip to Sark Unforgettable

March 10, 2012adminNews

By Neris Case, Guernsey Press – More than 300 children and disadvantaged adults have been time on the 18th century replica boats. Continue reading →

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