The Sea Cadets launched a national fundraising campaign last week for a new twin masted brig to help inspire the next generation of sailors.
The Sea Cadets, Britain"s oldest maritime youth charity, launched a national fundraising campaign last week for a new twin masted brig to help inspire the next generation of sailors.
The campaign to raise £7.5m to replace the existing training ship, TS Royalist, was officially announced at a Trinity House reception by TV presenter and historian, Dan Snow, himself an ex-Sea Cadet.
Snow spoke about his experiences as a Sea Cadet and his recent trip on TS Royalist for the filming of his forthcoming series. He said, "You join the Sea Cadets and you push your own limits. You discover things about yourself. It opens up options."
Also speaking was Josh Syrett, 17, and a Sea Cadet since 2005. He said, "Sailing on Royalist is an incredible experience open to all Sea Cadets. It's what we are all about and teaches you team work, perseverance and determination. It is an exhilarating experience and an amazing challenge. A new training ship will mean even more young people can benefit."
TS Royalist is 38 years old and the need to replace it is imperative if the charity is to continue to offer young people aged between 13 and 18 adventure training in a structured environment at sea. Built in 1971, Royalist has given some 30,000 young people the chance to experience life at sea.
Over its anticipated 25 year working life, the new vessel would deliver an exhilarating week at sea for some 21,000 cadets and 3,000 adult volunteers. The twin masted sailing brig will measure 28.6m LOA with a beam of 6.7m and a draft of 2.9m. Displacing 150 tons, it would be powered two main engines driving propellers for a powered speed of 7 knots and a maximum sailing speed of 12 knots.
To be based at Gosport in Hampshire, the ship will be designed to internationally recognised Lloyd"s Register, MCA, MARPOL and other regulations.