On Sunday 29th May 2016, a new Thames sailing barge, Blue Mermaid, was launched at the yard of C Toms and Son Ltd in Polruan, Cornwall.
She is used for sail training with Sea Change Trust and specifically for carrying cargo under sail alone between Gt Yarmouth and Dover.
Blue Mermaid enjoyed a fantastic debut season in 2019, winning the Colne Match in the season finale.
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.
Learn more on their website –www.seachangesailingtrust.org.uk/