This September we welcome the 3 vessels of The Cirdan Trust as part of their 40th anniversary.

Queen Galadrial, (1937 Baltic Trader 32m x 6.4m x 2.4m draft)

Faramir (1981 Bermudian Ketch 22m x  5.25m x 2.5m draft)

Duet (1912 classic Yawl 20m x 3.4m x 2.2m draft)

The Cirdan Trust was founded in 1983 to serve young people in the southeast of England and the Faramir Trust in 1991 to do the same for those of the northeast.  In 2002, the two trusts were conjoined under the title The Cirdan Sailing Trust. Their fleet of three very different vessels, which sail from various ports around the UK, can accommodate groups of various sizes of up to 16 people, generally take young people aged 12 to 25 years.  The experience allows young people to develop life skills, increase self-confidence and self-esteem, build resilience, improve communication and teamwork skills. The voyages also help improve the mental health and well-being of those onboard.

There will be the usual pop-up cafe in the pier house, and the resident barges to look at close up from the pontoons and their owners to chat to about all the quirks of living aboard a barge.

Please come to the last open days of the year, but don’t be put off by the scaffolding on the pier house which is there for the installation of photo-voltaic panels on the roof which will hopefully supply most of the electricity used in the pier house