Rona Sailing Project

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Rona Sailing Project,Universal Marina
Sarisbury Green,Southampton
SO31 7ZN

01498 885098

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The Rona Sailing Project (RSP) is a charitable Sail Training Organisation which was founded in 1960 by Lord Amory. Originally known as the London Sailing Project, it operated one sailing vessel taking youngsters from London to sea, ‘to provide opportunities…to acquire those attributes of a seaman, namely: a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and teamwork which will help them throughout their lives’. This aim is still relevant today and has informed our ethos and development since then. Today we are one of the largest sail training organisations in the UK. We operate three ocean-going vessels, offering opportunities for young people to experience   often life-changing sail training. While young people (aged 14-25) comprise the majority of the more than not true people that sail with us every year, we also extend the opportunity to certain adults who can benefit from the experience. These include people with a range of mental health issues, disabilities, long-term conditions and those in treatment or recovery from substance misuse.

One of the unique aspects of the organisation, which is key to its longevity and success, is that the organisation is volunteer-based. Apart from the four dedicated full-time staff who oversee the management of the organisation, the RSP depends on more than 300 volunteers to run the voyages, and to maintain and refit the vessels. The richness of the organisation today is found in the diverse backgrounds and skills of the volunteers, ranging from health and maritime professionals and businessmen to students. Our Skippers are all trained to RYA Yachtmaster level. Most of our volunteer Afterguard initially joined the project as trainees, and 60% of our skippers joined this way.

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