The Current Situation
Our challengers are working at full capacity right now, and were putting a lot of pressure on them to deliver, and the wear and tear on the sails is immense. At some stage soon, we will need to replace them, and this appeal is aiming to fund their replacement, so we can continue our valuable work with disadvantaged young people.
Every penny we have to spend on the sails means less money available for bursaries to get young people out on the water; the reason we exist!
How you can help
As a charity, we have a duty to spend as much of our money as possible directly on the young people we serve. As a result, we have scoured the market to ensure we get the best possible price. The list below represents the most competitive quotes we have recently obtained from various sail makers. We now just need to find the funding.
Main Sail – £9,250
Stay Sail – £2,300
Yankee 1 Sail – £5,000
Yankee 2 Sail – £3,250
Right now, one Challenger will need new sails within the next two months and a second Challenger will need replacements not long after that. This gives us a steep fundraising target of £19,800 now, and another £19,800 in a few months’ time.
It goes without saying therefore that we really do need your support to make this happen.
Whilst sails are a fundamental part of a sailing vessel, they are also a critical part of the work we do with young people. Hoisting and setting sails, adjusting and tuning them, lowering and stowing them – all require hard work, communication and team work from the young people on board and help them learn life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. They are at the heart of our work.
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