So myself and a few others decided to do something about it. We started off working with the famous Glaciere (above) but sadly her days were numbered and she was no longer up to the job. So we decided to go for smaller ships that cost less to maintain and keep the focus on actually getting out to sea. We have now managed to do this with Shadow Wind, our Gibsea 105.
From my own maritime past I was aware of what a life changing impact going to sea can be so I was surprised that a port such as Liverpool currently had nothing like this to offer. Around the same time some under-privileged folk I was in touch with started to come to the boat we had to help out, chat, and I realised how much this meant to them. Trialling the boat maintenance days and boat trips with a couple more individuals was hugely successful in terms of building confidence and motivation in them, and all of the feedback we received showed us that we needed to develop this community by the sea for others. People that once just wandered through their days with little to look forward to have now becoming active members of our group and we are developing further.
There is no Good or Bad, only circumstance.”