recovery sails

Learning the ropes and working as a team onboard

With our Sailing Forward recovery sails we are offering to work with groups of four people who are in the further stages of a recovery programme.

Seeing where I live from a different perspective, the sea, helped give me a different perspective on my life.

We will use our sail training vessels based in Chichester harbour to offer short sailing sessions. Onboard participants will learn the basics of sailing, learn basic skills like cooking, teamwork and organising themselves, all steps towards their next stage of recovery – supported independent living. They will go home motivated, enthusiastic, confident and tired from the outdoor air and physical activities, ready to take their next steps. This isn’t just a sailing jolly, we use sail training as a tool to inspire and motivate people who have worked hard to get where they are at in their life journey.

    • Work as a group onboard our training vessel Karic
    • 4 hour sailing sessions in beautiful Chichester harbour
  • Learn teamwork, new skills and gain confidence.

Each session will be led by a commercial endorsed qualified Skipper with experience of working with people in recovery, assisted by a volunteer First Mate with personal experience of recovery.

We are offering sessions in September and October 2016 and March and April 2017.

sailing forward recovery sails poster Download a poster here (pdf)

What we will do

Meet with participants in advance at your premises to introduce ourselves, show a short video and prepare people for the sailing activities. This is a chance for any questions and for us to find out any particular needs we need to take into account. We will also need to complete a consent form for each person. You can download them here.

Work onboard with the group during a sailing session where they will learn the basics of sailing, basic skills like cooking, teamwork and organising themselves, all steps towards their next stage of recovery – supported independent living. This can be for anything upwards of four hours to an overnight two day sail.

Meet with the group at your premises about a month afterwards to review the impact of the sailing activities. This is also a chance to issue certificates of achievement from the RYA Sailability scheme.

What we ask you to do

Recruit a group of four participants and let us know of any particular needs we should prepare for.

Offer a space in your building for us to meet with people in advance and afterwards

Get the group to Itchenor in Chichester Harbour and collect them at the end of the session, times negotiable.

Sailing Forward recovery sails – our track record

In 2015/2016 we carried out a number of sailing trips with members of the Recovery Project (see below), part of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects. This was done voluntarily and then we successfully Crowdfunded to cover the costs of more sessions, which had a huge impact on people from the group. Here’s some of what previous participants had to say:

“This trip is the best thing that’s happened to me for ages.”
“I discovered things about myself that I never knew. I never thought I would have an opportunity like this and I now see how I can use this trip as part of my recovery programme.”
“We all had to work together as a team, look out for each other, it was amazing! I want to help out with maintenance.”
“We had to pick up a mooring buoy, and there was only one chance to do it, with a boathook, and it took hand-eye co-ordination and that was something I learnt that I could do.”

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If you think one of our recovery sails will benefit you or a group you support,  or you want to find out more about Sailing Forward, please call (+44) 07576 248 348 or fill in the form below. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

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Past Projects

6 days aboard for a Year 8 class. We met with them before to plan their trip which was part of their discovery project that term.

In 2015 we worked with people recovering from addictions, from the Recovery Project in Worthing. Participants gained confidence and learnt new skills on the sailing trips, using this as part of their programmes of recovery. This work helped inform our current Sailing Forward recovery sails.

A sail training bursary scheme funded by the European Social Fund.

A five day residential for people interested in learning, developing and sharing practical skills and knowledge connected with marine environments

We have worked with students and volunteer teachers from the Brighton-based Migrant English Project since 2013, taking people out on short sailing trips from Chichester harbour and Brighton marina. The trips combine relaxation, exercise and groupwork.

A 10 day residential learning skills and knowledge for essential boat maintenance for people from across the EU.

The Sea Legs sailing bursary was aimed at people who live in Sussex, are out of work or on a low income and fit within our target groups.