For National Apprenticeship Week, Kevin Hunt the Managing Director of Scorpion RIBs in Lymington and member of our Shipwrights Company Apprenticeship Scheme committee has been interviewed by MaritimeUK.

A fascinating watch with some wise advice for all young budding marine apprentices out there. Watch on YouTube here.

For National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8th – 14th February) we have published a selection of case studies from some of our recently funded (2019-20) most talented apprentices. Read their stories on our Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme page here! Read all about other Marine/Maritime related activities for National Apprenticeship Week here.

In 2018-19, we sponsored a young man called Luke Symonds at Oarsome Chance, (based in Gosport, Hants) on a level 3 apprenticeship in Boatbuilding. Established in 2015, Oarsome Chance was conceived as a way to help disadvantaged young people, often from very troubled backgrounds, to fulfill their potential. Oarsome Chance develop and nurture practical skills that will improve the students’ employment prospects. Read all about Luke’s journey on page 9 of the latest Oarsome Chance annual report here.





Apprentice Toby Poultney has made great strides since recently joining Marcus Lewis Wooden Boatbuilder in Fowey, Cornwall. Toby transferred from Charlestown Harbour to Marcus Lewis in order to continue his level 3 apprenticeship in Boatbuilding. He has been honing his skills whilst building a Troy Class yacht – the T30. Below is his newsletter, in which he kindly thanks us for our ongoing support via our apprenticeship scheme grant and outlines his progress on this key project. Toby’s apprenticeship is a partnership between Marcus Lewis Wooden Boatbuilder and the world-famous Falmouth Marine School –  which this year is proud to celebrate its centenary.

New Year Newsletter Toby Poultney – 2021


Like for so many organisations and charities, 2020 was an extraordinary year for Fulham Reach Boat Club, one that we could never have predicted.  The year presented us with many challenges and struggles but also showed us our strengths and capabilities, the highlight of which, was being awarded both “Club of the Year” and “Project of the Year” by British Rowing at the end of December.

Please find here our Term 1 Charity Update and Impact Report for September 2020 – December 2020.  We will continue to update you on our progress as we navigate our way through the months ahead.

None of what we do is possible without amazing support likes yours and please accept our heartfelt thanks and our very best wishes for the year ahead.

Dear all at The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights,

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, so much, for choosing to support the work of Portsmouth Sail Training Trust this year.  Please find attached our 2020 Impact Report here.

Thanks to your support, we have still been able to encourage the young people of Portsmouth to raise their aspirations.

I hope, despite the challenges, you have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

I look forward to working with you in 2021.

Very best wishes,

Ruth Brady

Fundraising Officer

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust

I wanted to drop you a note to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the team here at OYT Scotland.

The support from The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights has been integral to the sustainability of the Trust, and we are cautiously looking forward to next year in the hope that our boats will take to the water again.

It has been an unprecedented 12 months for the Trust and it was with great disappointment that this year’s sailing season was cancelled. However, we have continued to work hard behind the scenes, liaising with youth groups and schools to re-schedule voyages for some of the most disadvantaged young people in society, including our first ever all-girls two-week voyage visiting all four nations.  Should social distancing measures allow and we can sail as planned in the Spring, we are ready to jump into action.

Our annual volunteer training seminar will be a virtual event in 2021, taking place on 27-28 February. We’re working hard to ensure we will offer an action-packed agenda of informative and engaging online sessions so that our volunteers feel ready to return to the water when it is safe to do so. Every volunteer, donor and supporter is part of the OYT Scotland family and we very much hope we will all be back together again soon.

I look forward to speaking with you again in the New Year and updating you on how the support from The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is helping the Trust.

In the meantime, we hope that despite the restrictions in place, you manage to have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Fair Winds for a better 2021!

Ashley Mabon

A Message from Director National Historic Ships UK

2020 has been a challenging year with the effects of lockdown and ongoing restrictions having a severe impact on our sector.  I have been enormously impressed by the resilience and adaptability shown by so many of the organisations and individuals caring for our maritime heritage, who have found new ways to raise the profile of their vessels, engage with the public, secure funding, or carry out essential works during this difficult time.

At NHS-UK, we have responded to the pandemic by offering support wherever we can: through the Covid-19 response page on our website; our small grants scheme; our Awards Programme and virtual Ceremony; via online promotion of vessels and projects (including fundraising appeals); through the giving of individual advice; and by collating a sector-wide response to the DCMS Select Committee hearing on the impact of Covid-19.

This final Newsletter of the year reflects our collective efforts to survive and thrive, despite adversity, and is chock full.  It celebrates achievement at many levels, whether with the re-opening of heritage sites as lockdown eases or continued online activity in those areas where tighter restrictions remain.

Our offices will be closed from 21st December so the team can take a much-needed break, but we will back at our desks on 4th January ready to continue delivering advice and support for all your historic vessel related queries.  Until then, I wish you a safe and happy (albeit quiet) Christmas and look forward to better times in 2021.

Best wishes,

Hannah Cunliffe


They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Well, that’s exactly what our supporters have enabled Roseland Youth Sailing Trust to do in this challenging year, providing a much-needed and much-appreciated way for children to bounce back from the pandemic.  When lockdown closed schools in spring and social distancing continued into the summer, we were worried that we’d lose a whole year of sailing.

But working with schools and sailing instructors, we realised there was a way we could fund lessons safely: one-to-one tuition during the summer holidays. So in early July, we offered one-to-one tuition to the first 100 children to express their interest – and had 200 applicants in the first week.

The one-to-one programme was a huge success (we have a backlog of requests stretching into next year), not least because the ‘taster’ sessions we offered as part of it enabled us to introduce 166 new sailors to the water in 2020.  Schools, parents and children were delighted. Matt Oakley, Headteacher of Foxhole Learning Academy near St Austell, said: “We think it’s a brilliant idea. We’re so grateful to the Trust for making it possible. Sailing helps lift us all.”  You may have seen the media coverage about it in the Western Morning News, the West Briton and BBC Spotlight.

September saw the second highlight of the year: publication of research we’d carried out into the links between learning to sail and the development of resilience in children. This proved to be timely, as the second wave of the pandemic was already gathering momentum.

Sailing & Perceived Future Coping Ability in Primary School Children was carried out by Cornwall Children’s Research Service in association with Exeter University’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences.  The study was led by consultant child psychologist Dr Ian Frampton, who said: We know that learning to sail promotes wellbeing and self-esteem in children. But this is the first study to look specifically at perceived future coping ability. Believing you can cope with life’s shocks, setbacks and uncertainties is core to resilience – and especially relevant during the pandemic. And while more extensive research will help substantiate the results, this study shows what can be achieved in just six sailing lessons.”  The positive findings of the study are proof, if proof were needed, of the benefits your support delivers to children in Cornwall.

Publication of the report coincided with our third highlight: the announcement of the Trust’s first ever ambassador, 25-year-old skiff sailor Jack Hawkins, who will be known to many of you. Jack is a member of the British Sailing Team and a Cornwall native, born in Truro and sailing since the age of 10.  As Jack said on BBC Radio Cornwall: “I know from my own experience there’s nothing like sailing to build confidence and resilience – not just in racing, but in all aspects of life.”

Jack went on to say he’s keen to help promote the work of the Trust: “Many families in Cornwall would love their children to learn to sail, but struggle to pay for lessons and kit. RYST is making it possible for a whole new generation of sailing talent to take to the water.”  We’re looking forward to building the relationship with him, inspiring young sailors to follow his example. If you’d like to follow his progress, you’ll find a link to his personal instagram page and to the facebook page he shares with his team-mate Chris Thomas – plus a whole lot of other interesting stuff on our new website,

You can also read about all three of this year’s highlights in a Yachts & Yachting article at the link below:

As always, thank you for your support.  Despite the year’s difficulties and uncertainties, RYST has made a big difference.

Looking ahead to 2021, the Tall Ships are due to return to Falmouth in August, as you’re no doubt aware. We’re very excited about this as it could present a life-transforming opportunity for some of our older children to take part in the race to Spain.

Specific and separate funding will be required to pay for places onboard and we’re already seeking a corporate sponsor among Cornish businesses wishing to demonstrate their commitment to the community. If you know of one that may be interested, we’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ellis Bell of Spencer Rigging – Kverndal Apprentice 2020-21

Congratulations to Ellis Bell from Spencer Rigging who has been selected as the first Kverndal apprentice.  The first year of Ellis’s apprenticeship will be funded by the money raised in memory of the late Simon Kverndal, the Shipwrights’ Company’s Prime Warden’s who died in June 2020.   The funding was generously raised and donated by so […]