Our History

From 1973 to present day

A short history of The Island Trust

For fifty years The Island Trust has been giving young people an opportunity which, for many of them, has been an opportunity of a life time. The inspiration for this belongs to three people who started the Trust back in 1973.

1973
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1973

The Island Trust was founded by three members of the Island Cruising Club (ICC); Frank Collier, Dick Lloyd and Hubert Monroe, to fill unsold places on the ICC’s cruises, raising funds to send deserving young people sailing. The flag ship of the ICC was Provident (a converted Brixham Trawler) which welcomed the first young people funded by The Island Trust.

1976
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1976

The ICC bought an ex-Mersey ferry boat Egremont, replacing two smaller boats, from which residential dinghy sailing was taught. Dinghy sailing proved to be much more suitable for younger beneficiaries, so this is where The Island Trust’s funds were concentrated.

1977,1980s, 1990s
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Provident
1977,1980s, 1990s

The ICC developed sailing courses to help those young people with challenges, such as little or no sight, deafness, learning difficulties and emotional and behaviour problems. These proved to be very successful.

By the early 1990s, Dick Lloyd was now the only surviving founder of The Island Trust. He retired from his law occupation, giving him more time to concentrate on the charity, and was keen for the Trust to own its own ship. The Maritime Trust who now held responsibility for maintaining Provident and had leased her to the ICC, decided to sell her. Dick Lloyd raised enough funds to buy Provident, to be run as before with the ICC, securing a number of weeks for The Island Trust’s beneficiaries.

Later 1990s
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Later 1990s

The ICC were now faced with high running costs, so Provident found a new home with the Trinity Sailing Foundation in Brixham, who ultimately bought her. The Island Trust continued to support dinghy sailing from Egremont.

2005
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2005

The Rolt brothers (of the Bristol Classic Boat Co Ltd) approached The Island Trust, wanting to use promised charitable funding to build a traditional wooden ship for the use of a charity such as The Island Trust. This led to the building of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, designed by Ed Burnett, for the use of The Island Trust and named Pegasus.

2008
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Pegasus
2008

Pegasus was launched, and operated by the Trust out of Salcombe.

2011
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2011

Pegasus relocated to Plymouth when the Trust took over the operations of Cremyl Sailing, who leased and operated Moosk and Tectona, a Gaff Yawl and a Gaff Ketch, and a new partnership was formed with the Tectona Trust.

2012
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Moosk
2012

Moosk was bought from the Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association. The Trust was now firmly established as a leading charity specialising in providing sail training for young people with special needs, disabilities and those experiencing hardship and deprivation.

2014
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2014

The last year of dinghy sailing with the ICC.

2018
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Johanna Lucretia
2018

The Topsail Schooner Johanna Lucretia was purchased, joining Pegasus and Moosk in the Trust’s owned fleet of three traditionally rigged wooden sailing vessels.

2019
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HRH The Princess Royal
2019

Tectona returned to the Tectona Trust.
In July the Trust was honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Plymouth Yacht Haven marina to celebrate the addition of Johanna Lucretia to the fleet.

2022
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Dick Lloyd
2022

Dick Lloyd died in October 2022.

2023
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2023

The Trust celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

2024
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2024

Costs of maintaining traditional sailing boats have risen sharply and sustaining a three-boat operation is increasingly difficult. To safeguard the future the fleet was reduced, continuing with the largest, Johanna Lucretia, maximising the numbers of beneficiaries. Pegasus and Moosk are currently up for sale.

The trustees along with so many others, are determined the legacy left by Dick Lloyd should live on well into the future. The benefits these young people take away is not easy to measure but a week aboard gives them a chance to enhance their lives without which they would be so much poorer.

Our thanks to Stephen Alcock for creating this history.

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