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Sail Boat Project launches Community Sailing Fund July sailing schedule

Sail Boat Project workers’ co-operative operates a Community Sailing Fund so we can subsidise the cost of sailing activities for members of community groups in Sussex and Hampshire.

We are excited to be able to offer a range of taster sails and two and three day sails available for £20 per person per day.

We encourage local groups to have a look at the schedule to see trips out of Chichester harbour, Brighton marina and Newhaven marina – there’s something for everyone!

We believe sailing can have a big impact on people’s mental health. Our own records chart an increase in confidence and well being among people who have taken part in previous years,” says co-op member and skipper Dhara Thompson. “Research shows that just being in a coastal and marine environment can be particularly effective in this regard, known as ‘blue mind’ or ‘blue health’.”

Regular contact in these environments reduces health inequalities by reducing stress, increasing physical activities and creating stronger communities.

In 2018 we worked with 61 participants from 9 groups from across Sussex. Please have a look at our Impact Report to find out more about the work. Previous participants had this to say:

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

It was fantastic! An amazing experience. Good fun eating, sleeping, cooking on the boat. Real good fun!”

These activities are heavily subsidised through our Community Sailing Fund, supported by Sussex Community Foundation and the Royal Yachting Association Foundation as well as from the sale of merchandise. Individual can also make donations and we welcome the support of local businesses.