The Island Trust and the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Trust splice together for children with special needs

In 2017 The Island Trust will take over the good works of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Trust (Registered Charity number 1064726), who support young people from special needs schools and day centres in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, some with life-limiting conditions. Last year BCPCT provided day sails to 146 children on their boat ‘Cornubia’. This work will expand our own day-sail provision and be in addition to our residential sailing voyages.

John Hepburn

John and David from BCPCT will join our team and help to ensure smooth transition of the programme. We are busy identifying additional training needs for our staff and supplementary sources of funding in support of the increased demand on our resources.

Dave Owen

On a typical day the young crew will observe, touch and feel marine life in the marina before examining it under the microscope and via an underwater camera on the seabed. After a safety brief and familiarisation with the boat, the trip begins easily by motoring upriver to the Tamar Bridges and back, allowing all to get used to the boat and its motion and to see maritime activities and their impacts on the landscape.

There are plenty of things in a specially written guide for them to spot and record. Those who wish to do so help hoist the sails before entering Plymouth Sound where they gain an appreciation of the geography, marine life and other ships and boats. They all get a chance to steer. On the return journey they help collect samples of plankton for microscopic examination.

The Island Trust are pleased that we will enable yet more young people to enjoy time on the water and experience the benefits of sailing. Please contact Helen on 01752 823007 if you would like to book a day sail or voyage.

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