Both Queen Galadriel and Duet participated in the Sail Training International Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships’ Regatta. The initial challenge was getting to Falmouth which involved both vessels in battling heavy sea and adverse wind conditions but the young people on board overcame adversity and arrived in Falmouth in time to enjoy the festivities in port.
The East Coast Piers Race is a major fund raising event organised by the Marconi Sailing Club. The race is based on the River Blackwater in Essex and goes all the way up the East Coast to Walton. The two course event, open to catamarans and fast dinghies, consists of a 29 mile round trip to Colne Point and back and then the full ECPR which is 50 miles to Walton Pier and back.
Cirdan supporters Sally and Rupert Faure-Walker boosted the Trust’s funds by over £4,000 by hosting a fashion show at their home making use of a marquee erected for their daughter’s wedding. Guests were invited to enjoy the sunshine, strolling in the well-kept gardens before being served a splendid lunch prepared by a small committee of supporters who worked tirelessly to ensure the guests were well looked after.
In June, Faramir made her way to Glasgow to participate in the Clyde Small Ships’ Race. Three separate youth organisations sailed the passages from Hartlepool to Oban via the Caledonian canal and another three groups sailed back with a seventh, Mathew Moss School participating in event itself.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our long standing and dedicated trustee Christopher Courtauld who died on 11 January after a short illness. As one of the industries founders with his yacht Duet back in the 60s, Christopher was held in great regard by sail training.
Whilst Nick Back, Cirdan’s Chief Executive of 20 years retired in 2011 his dedication to sail training for young people remains not only through offering his services to the Trust on a regular basis but also as a Trustee for ASTO, UK sail training’s umbrella body. In recognition of his services to young people through the industry, Nick was presented with an MBE by HRH Prince William in March.