Guernsey children go to sea with Set Sail Trust

June 22nd, 2013 by Set Sail Trust

(click image to expand - image courtesy of The Set Sail Trust)

Children on-board one of the Bristol Pilot Cutters that took children out to sea from St Peter Port harbour (click image to expand – image courtesy of Set Sail Trust)

Thanks to the continued support of the Set Sail Trust and Guernsey businesses, two replica 60 foot Pilot Cutter (wooden hulled classic ships) sailed into St Peter Port harbour for the fourth consecutive year, and took over 300 school children and community groups out on the water.

During the day the Amelie Rose and the Merlin were 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 that helps the Set Sail Trust continue this annual event and for the first time they were 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 has been fun, excitement and of course plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Pupils from Vauvert Primary School, Haute Capelles Primary School, Le Rondin School, Le Murier School, St Andrews Primary School, St Anne’s School have all taken part.

Other groups to benefit include The Link Centre, Guernsey Sports Commission, St Martin’s Cub Scouts, the Adult Mental Health group and Wigwam Support Group.

Caroline Wilkes Green from the Link Centre said “the experience children gain from being aboard the boats helps them 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,” she said.

“We’re excited to have the Bristol Pilot Cutters visit Guernsey again in 2013.”

“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,” Mrs. Wilkes Green said.

Michael Strachan, Managing Director of International Asset Monitor, one of the Set Sail Trust’s four trustees, said “it’s become a highly anticipated event in the Set Sail Trust’s calendar.”

This year eight businesses signed up to be Corporate Ambassadors, each sponsoring a boat for the day.

This enabled at least 20 children to enjoy the experience of sailing these historic ships.

Mercator Trust, Ogier, International Asset Monitor, Ipes Guernsey, Trust Corporation, OCS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The Royal Bank of Scotland International have all been generous in their support.


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