Winds of change blow for tall ships charity

For 41 years, the Jubilee Sailing Trust has provided life changing experiences for thousands of people with disabilities and other voyagers in its two specially-constructed tall ships. Thanks to the charity’s work, disabled and non-disabled people have sailed alongside each other, on the world’s different oceans, breaking down prejudices and misunderstandings between different social groups.

However, the last few years have seen turbulent waters for the charity and, in June, a £1 million emergency fundraising appeal was needed to keep the charity afloat. Now the charity has revealed major new plans to secure its future.

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Helping seafarers and their families since 1917

Seafarers UK has supported the maritime community for over 100 years. The past 17 of those have been overseen by Chief Executive Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, who following a distinguished career in the Royal Navy before moving into the charity sector is retiring in July. Commodore Bryant spoke to Daniel Barnes about the charity’s ongoing commitment to all seafarers in the UK, lifting the lid on ‘sea blindness’ across the island nation, and why he believes the charity couldn’t have opted for a better successor than Catherine Spencer.

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Prize for initiative

A leading global body working to make sustainable shipping mainstream, London-based non-profit the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) was a key party in the landmark Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative which launched an online info-sharing platform at the end of 2018. 

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Celebrating 200 years of seafarer support

2018 marks the 200th anniversary for Sailors’ Society – one of the largest and most comprehensive international seafarers’ support charities. Despite numerous activities planned or underway throughout the year to mark this momentous occasion, Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said the work to support seafarers and their communities continues in earnest. Daniel Barnes reports.

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Research, educate, protect and restore

The International SeaKeepers Society promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community by enabling yacht owners to take full advantage of their unique potential to advance marine sciences and to raise awareness about global ocean issues. In the past 12 months, this Florida-founded not-for-profit organisation has expanded its outreach to the US West Coast and internationally into Asia. Daniel Barnes spoke to the society’s President and CEO, Richard Snow, to discover more.

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