Sleeping accommodation consists of 15 bunks situated in sets within different areas of the vessel.
The vessel has a well designed and spacious, centrally heated living area.
The saloon has a dining area with seating for all on board plus a galley situated to one side. The galley is equipped with two chest fridges (for longer voyages one can be used as a freezer), two gas cookers, hot and cold running water and all necessary utensils.
There are two toilets and wash areas with running water. There are no shower facilities on board.
The sailing staff includes a Skipper, Mate and Bosun. As well as being trained and qualified to meet or exceed current regulations, all crew are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Faramir starts and ends her season in Ipswich, Suffolk but from late April to June she usually operates from Newcastle for coastal voyages and occasionally longer sea passages to more distant ports. In July and August, Faramir often sails further afield, either to compete in The Tall Ships' Race or to explore the west coast of Scotland before returning to the North East for September and October.
Faramir is available for bookings from April to November. Please contact Chris on 01621 776684 to discuss how we can accommodate your group.
Voyages can be booked by contacting Chris, who will be able to guide you through the process and tailor your voyage to your requirements and objectives.
Chris can provide you help and advice on available funding.
Telephone: 01621 776684
Every trip is different, not least because of the weather and tides, and every group is unique. Consequently there is a lot of flexibility in what we do and how we do it. Nevertheless there are some general points that can be made:
Leaders' role - a challenge
Swimming from the vessel may be possible at certain times of the year under the strict control and permission of the Skipper, who must be satisfied with the sea conditions and life saving resources available.
We recommend that the Group Leader should have written consent from a parent or guardian for each young person intending to swim, together with assurance that they are competent in deep water.
Swimming from the shore is the responsibility of the Group Leader. However, the onus is on the Skipper to advise of any known dangers.
In our experience, it is important to structure a voyage to include time together on board, around the table, perhaps after supper in a port of call. This does not have to involve anything to do with sailing the boat directly. For many of the young people, spending time enjoying the company of others (especially mixed ages and gender) is a new experience and can be an essential part of their development.
Faramir, a Ketch with a length of 22.35m and a breadth of 5.26, was designed by Marine Architect David Cannell in 1982, specifically for use as a sail training vessel for an organisation called Shaftsbury Homes & Arethusa, from where she gained her name, 'Arethusa'.
In 2002, after many years of service, during which she developed a following of loyal sailors, Arethusa was sold on to another sail training organisation who changed her name to 'Bulldog'. Not being able to fulfil her potential, her owners sold her to The Cirdan Sailing Trust in January 2006.
Being absolutely ideal for the work undertaken by The Cirdan Sailing Trust, she was purchased to replace the vessel Hartlepool Renaissance which had to be retired from service at the end of the 2005 season. Finding it necessary to change her name again, the vessel was renamed Faramir after Cirdan's sister charity with which it joined forces in 2002.
Joshua, Voyage on Faramir April 2016
“I learnt to believe in myself and have some confidence”
Nicky, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“A young person has smiled so much – he gets bullied at school and needs a safe place to grow.”
Ben, Voyage on Faramir April 2016
“I learnt to work as a team and to co-operate positively.”
Pam, Voyage on Faramir September 2016
“The young people we have brought have grown so much over the week. Although the change may look small to others, we see the full journey they are on from self confidence to independence. This is massive!”
Shaun, Voyage on Faramir April 2016
“Experienced the craziest adrenaline buzz ever in my life.”
Alisha, Voyage on Faramir September 2016
“I achieved a lot more than I thought I ever would and I gained a lot more independence and self confidence.”
Joshua, Voyage on Faramir May 2016
“The little diaries we got given help me me express myself through writing.”
Seb, Voyage on Faramir October 2016
“One boy had refused to do anything from the start and wanted to go home. Guidance and reassurance from the skipper enabled him to leave his comfort zone and steer the vessel for a long time.”
Shelagh, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“The young people have developed domestic skills including cooking and cleaning.”
Sarva, Voyage on Faramir April 2018
‘Getting the team to learn to work together was a highlight of the voyage. The young people have worked hard and improved. But they took time to actually realise their opportunity.’
Adam, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“Anger management has improved.”
Lana, Voyage on Faramir April 2018
‘It was a great experience and perfect environment to learn new skills and to learn how to work as a team.’
Ben, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“I learnt how to be more independent.”
Seven, Voyage on Faramir April 2018
‘I liked the fact that we could be independent and get on with challenges and be allowed to make choices that we think are best.’
Abi, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“I’ve learnt to trust other people in situations where I thought I wouldn’t”
Kurtis, Voyage on Faramir May 2018
‘I liked the fact that I didn’t have to rely on technology to have fun.’
Nigel, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“The students have had their eyes opened to possibilities and experiences that they hadn’t known possible.”
D. Bringloe, Voyage on Faramir June 2018
‘ The sailing residential gives the opportunity for young people to be out of their comfort zone, learn how to deal with being in a different/difficult environment, which will greatly improve their independence.’
Dylan, Voyage on Faramir October 2015
“The Voyage helped me overcome my fear of the sea”
Ben, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“I learnt how to navigate, how to helm, how to use and pull a sail up, how a mast is held up and how the engine works.”
Tyrel, Voyage on Faramir August 2018
‘The boat is really safe and the skipper makes sure of it. Also its good for people that haven’t done a lot of sailing. It gives them a chance to experience it and show the skills.’
Courtney, Voyage on Faramir August 2015
“I learnt how to be part of a team and to be more confident in what I am doing”
Lindell, Voyage on Faramir June 2016
“It was one of the most valuable lessons of my life.”
Nicky, Voyage on Faramir August 2018
‘The sailing voyage provides a new and very different environment that is a great ‘leveler’ and allows people to take on new roles and permission to be different from the person they are at home.’
Marlene, Voyage on Faramir April 2015
“I learnt how to control myself around other people and how to be prepared for anything”
Elizabeth, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“The residential has increased learning relationships between staff and learners”
Henry, Duke of Edinburgh Voyage on Faramir August 2018
‘The trust that the sea staff put in us to get it right was inspiring. Their expectations were always high which pushed us to push ourselves.’
Kelly, Voyage on Faramir May 2015
“One young person particularly benefitted from the experience as he came on the residential as a quiet young person, not wanting to attend school or be in large groups. He now attends school and a full timetable”
Rebecca, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“It has made me appreciate daily life more and it’s made me feel grateful about what I have.”
Annabelle, Duke of Edinburgh Voyage on Faramir September 2018
‘I liked the last two days that were spent working as a team, using the skills learned from the previous days. Everyone was happy and taking part, we worked really well as a team and everyone was doing a role that they were confident in.’
Bradley, Voyage on Faramir July 2015
“It allowed certain individuals to have an experience they wouldn’t normally get at home and a chance to make some valuable friendships. It has also impacted the students by learning new skills which they can take back to school”
Mackenzie, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“We got to run the boat and do everything for ourselves.”
Michael, Voyage on Faramir September 2015
“There is no greater way to test the young people’s limits with significant success”
Christina, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“A student on the autistic spectrum amazed us with his ability to adapt to such a different environment. The youngest in our group overcame homesickness and dependence on parents.”
David, Voyage on Faramir April 2016
“It pulled the children together, who at school would not talk or interact with each other.”
Matthew, Voyage on Faramir July 2016
“I thought the experience was very eye opening and life changing.”