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

They are offering a range of taster sails and two and three day sails available for £20 per person per day, throughout July.

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 they worked with 61 participants from nine 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 they welcome the support of local businesses.

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