Sailing Tectona CIC is a Community Interest Company and social enterprise based in Plymouth. We change the lives of vulnerable people of all ages through sail training voyages. We are set up as the operating company for The Tectona Trust, a charity who have been fundraising for 'recovery' and 'mental health' for ten years.
Sailing Tectona CIC is run by four sea staff who have a wide variety of sailing experience and a shared belief in the positive impact that Tectona has on anyone who comes onboard. Sailing Tectona also has two dedicated and passionate directors who have had a long standing connection with Tectona.
Tectona, like all boats, needs updating every now and then. We urgently need a new oven and electrical system.
'When its cold and wet, hot food and drink is essential!' J.Preston (Sailor, 2018)
We are planning to install a 'super-all-in-one' modern system.
The best part of the plan is that it is ‘green’ because we will be using the existing electrical energy generated by the ships engine to power a new efficient cooker. This gets rid of the need for a gas powered oven. Therefore in the future we won't have to worry about the dangers of having gas onboard.
The company who have come up with this genius plan are called Triskel Marine and are going out of their way to help us through this green plan. See more at the bottom of this page
Now all we need is the funds to make it happen...
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For the last ten years the Sail Training Vessel (STV) Tectona has been taking disadvantaged young people and individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol mis-use, and/or from mental health problems, on sea voyages.
The voyages she undertakes have the ability to empower and build confidence, through the process of taking the boat to sea. Life skills such as team working, communication and building of resilience are all developed daily when hoisting sails, navigating, cooking, cleaning and living onboard.
"I have found an inner serenity on Tectona which has changed my life" (Darren Long, recovery voyager and former crew member)
The boat was built in 1928 using the local grown teak on the beaches of Calcutta, India. She is a 23m long gaff ketch and has 2000Sq. ft. of sail to play with and can take 12 trainees to sea at a time.
Tectona has had a long life and a varied career. From her Elephant-assisted launch on an Indian beach, to shipping personnel and equipment across the North Sea during the Second World War she has earned her stoic reputation!
She was once famously owned by the citizens of Plymouth and run by the Plymouth School of Navigation for many years in the 1960s and 1970s.
Today she is once again taking cadets from Plymouth University's Navigation degree program and she continues to steadily plough the waters of the English Channel, providing sail training experiences young and old alike.
She is 90 this year! Help us celebrate with a donation!
Here's what Triskel Marine have to say about their product:
'The Integrel system harvests spare power while engine is being used to drive the boat, it stores the power in large 48V battery banks, so it can be used by the crew whenever they want.
As Tectona wanted to remove gas from the boat completely, they had two options a standalone generator or the Integrel system. The problem with a generator is that even if you only need a little 240V power you have to start the generator. With the Integrel system, Because the power is harvested when you use the engine to drive the boat and stored in batteries, when you sit at anchor your batteries will supply all the power you need for cooking, lighting and any other electrical need you may have in total silence!
Because we are using the engine to generate electricity as well as move the boat the main engine is now properly loaded, this means that the fuel the engine is burning is producing more power compared just moving the boat'
-Will Parkinson from Triskel Marine
Here is a video that we think really captures what goes on during a voyage. The crew were Scouts that travelled all the way from Falkirk in Scotland to join us for one week.