Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

The Rifles at sea!

02 October 2014
Kyle Baker

Filming Day 5 for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. We’re with a guy who we all owe a lot to: a soldier called Kyle Baker, formerly of The Rifles, who saw service in Afghanistan – and like many of his colleagues, paid a very heavy price on our and the Afghan people’s behalf. He was shot in the back while on active duty, suffering severe injuries that he still lives with – and post-traumatic stress disorder too, with its effect of putting you right back where you were, feeling just what you felt on the day the bad things happened. But Kyle says that sailing in both the Trust’s ships has helped him get his life going again – even (maybe specially) the scary bit of going up the mast in a rough sea.

Here’s to The Rifles, and all our servicemen and women.

Johanna Watch Leader

01 October 2014
Johanna Sidey

Day 4 of our Round Britain Tour for the Jubilee Sailing Trust…this time Maritime Films UK is in Plymouth to interview Johanna Sidey, who’s worked her way up to become a JST Watch Leader. This means she helps manage a Watch – crews with the JST are organized into teams called Watches, in classic seafaring style. Johanna got involved after a terrible car crash badly damaged her sight and mobility – but she’s won through to become a valued member of JST world. She told us how she was totally scared when she was waiting to go up one of the masts for the first time but once she got up into the heights she was exhilarated – along with her fellow mast climbers – and had stunning views of the fjord they’d sailed into. Call it the JST effect!

James Whale’s whale of a time

30 September 2014
James Whale

Day 2 of Maritime Films UK’s UK-wide tour – up to Staffordshire to interview James Whale, who’s just back from the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship Lord Nelson. James has cerebral palsy which affects his movements and speech. But definitely not his brain or his thinking! (or his driving – he picks me up from Stafford station, half an hour away from his home.) Meet up there with his mum Elena and lively young spaniel Molly, who’s up for everything, including tug-of-war with a branch longer than she is. Interview James about his voyage out in the garden and he comes up with good insights into what being at sea for 3 months was like, his part in the epic 2-year voyage of the Nelson. Before that, Elena gives us a much-needed and lavish sandwich lunch. I was gasping, so thanks Elena!

Triffic Treloar’s

29 September 2014
Treloar's College

Filming for our Jubilee Sailing Trust film all this week. First of all to Treloar’s College in Alton Hampshire (close by Alan Titchmarsh’s latest, immaculate garden!) to film with Jerry Cullum, head of the business centre at the college, who helped pupil Ryan to go to sea with the Trust. Treloar’s is a purpose-built college especially for disabled students. Very smart and new. That’s because the college made a smart move a while back, selling a former property at a good price and building the new college from the ground up. It’s spacious, light and airy. Jerry talks about how the voyage made big changes in Ryan, who lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Didn’t stop him sailing the world aboard Lord Nelson though! Thank you Lorna Woodcroft of Treloar’s, who set all this up with extraordinary speed and efficiency.

Going sailing means getting wet

21 September 2014
Going Sailing Getting Wet

Someone once mournfully said that owning a boat was like standing in a cold shower tearing up banknotes. Maybe so a few years ago, but as the Wembley Sailing Club shows, nowadays it ain’t necessarily so. Here a few quid gets you on the water in one of the club boats. In fact at the Welsh Harp reservoir in North London, sailing costs less than joining your local netball club. So at Bart’s Bash us lot at Maritime Films UK got to see a lot of young people under sail – and the day was a good one, sunny with a brisk breeze. Easy to imagine that among the sailors might be some new Olympians. Just make sure you’ve got big fluffy towels and access to some strong hot tea when you come in. And learn how to de-capsize (see picture!)

Two councillors and a pontoon

21 September 2014
2 Councillors

It’s a Sunday. You’re a Mayor, and you’re a local councillor, with a host of local duties, as well as your work and your family to think about. And here’s a chance for a bit of time off. And, frankly, sailing isn’t really your thing. But you can spot a good cause when you see one, so you lose a fat chunk of your day off to open the latest facility, a new pontoon, at the Welsh Harp reservoir in the North London Borough of Brent. So full marks (and a bit more) to the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Kana Naheerathan and  Councillor Sury Khatri from neighbouring Barnet. Here’s the thing though – bizarrely, part of the lake is in Brent and part in Barnet. So… how do you draw a council boundary in a lake? These are deep waters, Watson…

About Rob

Rob WhiteRob 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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