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Seaview Sailing Trust

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The Sea View Yacht Club is delighted to announce that our Seaview Sailing Trust has been approved by the Charity Commission. Set up in March 2022, the aim of this charity is to provide much-needed extracurricular sailing activities to pupils from local Isle of Wight primary schools, some of which are among the most deprived in the country.  The Trust will fund and seek to expand the excellent work of our existing Seaview Sailing Programme.

Despite the global pandemic, the Sea View Yacht Club has managed to provide some much-needed on-the-water and classroom training to pupils from local Primary Schools over both of the past two years, albeit less intensively than we would have liked. Everybody has witnessed the disastrous effects the pandemic's lockdown restrictions have had on the mental health of the entire nation, in particular for the young. Most of the children who take part in the activities we offer would struggle in a normal year to spend enough time interacting with their peers in an outdoor environment - even at the local recreational ground - and most also struggle financially. The pandemic has made this situation far far worse. Restrictions on social distancing and face coverings, group sizes that could work together were all challenges that we managed to overcome to allow us to get the children afloat.

We remain grateful to all the funders who allow us to operate this programme in a part of the country with some of the weakest educational outcomes. 


Seaview Sailing Programme

The Sea View Yacht Club first started offering a programme of local school sailing around the Millenium, at the request of Lord Mottistone, the then Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight. This programme involved local school children sailing in Mermaids on a Saturday morning.

The current schools sailing programme was launched in 2017 by the then Commodore, Michael Smith.  The aim was to provide training sessions free-of-charge to local primary schools during the school week.  The initial programme provided 15 places for 10 weeks during the summer term to Year 5 students from Nettlestone Primary school.  This proved so successful that requests soon followed from other schools.

2021 was the most successful year yet with over 220 students from seven primary schools engaged in the programme.  Participating schools included Nettlestone, Brading, Oakfield, Haylands, Bembridge, Newchurch and St Helens.  All participating students achieved either RYA Taster certificates, RYA Stage 1 or Stage 2 certificates. 

As the country emerges out of Covid this year, we are hoping to expand the Schools Programme still further in 2022 by adding another two schools and increasing the number of sessions for Nettlestone school. 


Seaview Sailing Trust

To help maximise the tax benefits of our fundraising, the Yacht Club decided to create our own charity, the Seaview Sailing Trust. In the longer term, this will provide a vehicle for members who might wish to make legacies to support local sailing.

On the advice of the Succession Committee, the Commodore asked Andrea Minton Beddoes to chair the Trust and we are delighted that she has accepted. Other Trustees include ex-officio the Commodore, the Rear Commodore Finance and Jon Curtis, along with former local councillor Reg Barry and Nettlestone Primary teacher Lucy Victoria, and Club Members Christopher Garnett and Edward Kershaw. 


Fund Raising

The schools programme is entirely funded through charitable donations. Organisations and individuals both on the Isle of Wight and the mainland have seen the difference this programme is making to its participants and generously supported the programme.  Donors range from SVYC members, local Seaview businesses to national organisations and charities such as Sir Ben Ainslies charity 1851. 

We are hugely grateful to all the funders who allow us to operate this programme in a part of the country with some of the weakest educational outcomes. 

For more information about the Trust or if you would like to donate, please contact the Chair, Andrea Minton Beddoes at sst@svyc.org.uk

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