14 November 2017
One of the partners in the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership course is the Pioneer Sailing Trust, based at Brightlingsea in Essex. As well as teaching sail training the traditional way, they also revive traditional boat building methods (but they do allow themselves modern tools!) Here (picture) they’re working on a Colchester inshore oyster boat, which was an utter wreck when they took it on, but is now a thing of beauty, reflecting the painstaking work done to restore her. Accommodation will be in the former oyster hold (mind your head!) But Pioneer go well beyond all that – making it their mission to work with young people to bring term the skills – and the joy – of sailing. They also help young people troubled by difficult lives. The sea can be a great healer and Pioneer work to show just how…
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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