Sea-Change Sailing Trust

Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment.

By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.

We also undertake accredited traditional sailing and seamanship training for those who may be considering a maritime career. This includes the opportunity to handle cargo entirely under sail.

We offer a set of programmes from entry-level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation. The charity is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training and Sailability Foundation centre, and some of our voyages are suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential.

What we do & how we do it

Who is it for?

  • Youth and vulnerable adults
  • Maritime Heritage Training
  • Adult Charter voyages
  • Carrying cargo under sail

What makes us unique?

Blue Mermaid has no engine. We offer sail training voyages on an engineless vessel. We utilise solar power for most of our electrical needs onboard, and we pay to offset the little carbon that we do produce.

How we do it

You will sail the coastal waters of the Thames Estuary, usually from our base in Maldon, Essex. The nature of working on the water is one of variety, whether the result of the changing tidal pattern each day, the weather or destination.

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid is a traditional Thames sailing barge. She was purpose built for the charity and entered service in 2019.

Our clients live onboard her during their residential voyages and supervised by our three experienced staff, they can fully participate in all the activities onboard, from handling sails and winding the windlass, to climbing the rigging and steering.

Sail with us

Established in 2007, the charity is an experienced provider of residential adventures afloat.

Over 200 people a year come sailing aboard Blue Mermaid, and we have an excellent safety record.

If you haven’t sailed before it isn’t a problem to us as we are used to working with groups of people from all backgrounds.

Latest Posts

The Skippers Blog


A Cargo of Timber to Kent

Ed Gransden asked if we would like to take some wood belonging to Ardwina from Kevin Finch’s yard at Fullbridge to Lower Halstow where it will be used on her. We said yes and asked… Read More

News from our office


Our Skippers of the Future Tour:

Our National Heritage Lottery funded ‘Skippers of the Future’ sailing tour is about to begin! Blue Mermaid will be sailing to ten ports, each voyage crewed by young people and vulnerable adults taking part in… Read More

News from our office


Skippers of the Future?

We are delighted to announce a very exciting project for Blue Mermaid in 2024. Thanks to the support of the Lottery Heritage Fund we will be taking Blue Mermaid on tour next year to ten… Read More

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