Many will be aware that we now have a large 45ft yacht that we hope to do a lot of sail training and cruises in. It has kindly been given to us by a lady in Southwick under unfortunately very sad circumstances.
It is actually new although been sitting for some time in the water and absolutely filthy!
Challenge / Adventure / Team Work
Being prepared is “Supeta” a large yacht which will provide a wonderful opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to enjoy going the adventure of going to sea.
The yacht is a Slipper ketch made by Tyler Boat Company UK.
This is a slipper ketch similar to Supeta
The large safe cockpit and deck is being made as safe as possible to allow those with physical impairments to come aboard and enjoy the pleasure of sailing working with those more able bodied as a working team needed to sail a craft of its size. Special fold down boarding ladders have been fitted to help get onboard;
People young and old from the 3rd / 5th Lancing Sea Scout Group have been working hard for almost a year making sure the yacht is ready to be launched.
Supeta will be based in Shoreham Harbour and will be the only charity / volunteer based yacht of its kind based on the south coast. She will sail along the south coast and possibly to France giving its young crew the experience voyages to other places.
The yacht was donated to the Scout Group by a local lady whose husband and son had both sadly passed away through cancer. The husband and wife had been fitting Supeta out for their retirement intending to sail to Australia.
The sails have never been used, engine never run but unfortunately sat for many years and rain water got inside causing extensive damage rotting all from the bottom up. It has been an incredible journey removing the engine and all the rotten wood, finding more with every bit exposed. Even the engine bearers were like wet paper. So a massive strip out and rebuild exercise began installing new bulkheads, supports…….. the list goes on and on.
In order to be used for the intended purpose the yacht has to undergo surveys by the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Also a requirement is prescribed expensive safety equipment has to be onboard. As we are catering for all ages this in itself is a very expensive. For example we have to have various sets of lifejackets to suit the large age range intended to be onboard. Liftrafts must be onboard, even additional items such as a large folding cockpit sprayhood be fitted so in inclement weather the younger crew or those less able to move around has a place to shelter.
An appeal is being made for funds to support the yacht. Without it we cannot complete this tremendous community based project and provide a fantastic opportunity for young people from all backgrounds.
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