Lifejacket Appeal

by mattbarraud in Plymouth

We did it
On 23rd November 2015 we successfully raised £1,540 with 10 supporters in 28 days

We need to replace our old and tired lifejackets! Can you help us purchase 18 new jackets and get young people Tall Ship sailing again.

by mattbarraud in Plymouth

New stretch target

We're so close to getting our vessel coded, however there are still many items we need to purchase to get the vessel sailing again.  Any funds we recieve over our target will go towards purchasing further safety equipment such as:

  • Liferings
  • Horseshoe buoys
  • Epirb
  • Navigation lights

Why and what are we fundraising for?

We are looking to Crowdfunder to replace our old and tired lifejackets and we need to purchase 18. Each lifejacket costs around £60-£70 and has to meet stringent safety standards.

Every year vessels like ours are required to undergo a coding inspection very similar to an MOT on a car, although it must be said much more rigorously due to the demands of the marine environment, replacing the lifejackets is just one part of the process.

Our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R has sailed approximately 100,000 miles (roughly equivalent to 4 ½ times around the world!) and more importantly has inspired over 5000 young people since she was built in 1986; as you can imagine this takes its toll on equipment and gear.  

Sadly two years ago we found out our standing rigging needed replacing and at the time we didn't have the funds to pay for it.  We had to make the difficult decision to stop operations and have been fighting ever since to get Morvargh back on the water and inspiring young people like Esmae (see below).  The fight has been long and there have been many low points but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully this crowdfunder will push us ever closer.

About Morvargh Sailing Project & Plymouths Tall Ship

Mórvargh Sailing Project provides sail training voyages for young people on our 57ft Tall Ship, Helen Mary R. We normally sail from Sutton Harbour in Plymouth and ports on the South West coast. Our sail training voyages promote leadership, resourcefulness, and teamwork and we know that they can make a profound impact in a young person’s vision of themselves.  

90% of young people taking part learn something about themselves which will make a positive change in their life.

When we sail we take 10-12 young people aged 14-25 and whilst on board they are involved with all aspects of sailing from hoisting and reefing the sails, to helming, to navigating as well as being responsible for the domestic chores! It’s great to watch the young people overcome the challenges of baking bread whilst at 30° of heel!

We use offshore sailing because it is an unforgiving natural environment that provides a sense of risk and adventure. Helen Mary R is a natural extension to this, she requires hard physical work and cannot be sailed without teamwork, both on deck and down below. Most people come to us with little or no sailing experience but nearly all find it a life changing experience.


Esmae, 18

Having grown up in Plymouth, I have always loved the sea. I have spent a lot of my childhood rock pooling and swimming and was a member of the national marine aquarium for several years.

As long as I can remember others have commented on my shyness/quietness and whilst it bothered me, I thought that it was just the way I was so didn’t seek to work on my confidence.

When I was 14 I was offered a place on a school trip with Mórvargh sailing project. I was initially unsure as to whether I would like to go, as it was a whole week away and I only briefly knew the others on the trip. I tried to justify my passing up on such and opportunity with silly worries like ‘What if I get sea sick?’ and ‘What if they don’t have vegetarian food?’ But, after a bit of convincing and the thought: ‘What if I love it?’ I decided to go for it, and I am so glad that I did.

I have since participated in twelve or so week-long voyages around the Devon coastline. In addition, I became a watch leader; this required me to take responsibility for teaching groups of young people whilst on trips including during a three-week long voyage to France with students from Plymouth University (who were at the time a few years older than me). This opportunity allowed me to develop leadership skills and confidence alongside learning to become a more competent sailor.  

I no longer feel defined by my shyness or quietness. Since Mórvargh offered me such fantastic experiences and opportunities with their project, it has given me the confidence to have faith in what I can achieve. 

Last year I completed two scuba diving courses and this year I have applied to do a Marine Biology and Oceanography course at Plymouth University. I truly believe that if I didn’t have the experiences I did with Mórvargh, I may never have pursued these interests that have put me on the path to do what I love.

I will always be Grateful to Mórvargh for that and hope that I am still able to be a part of the inspirational work that Mórvargh do and encourage others like me to realise their potential.

Hannah, 16 - I have learn't so many new things for both on and off shore, but I also learnt about myself. Sorry for the cliche there, but I really did. I learnt that although I came across all confident on the boat, but for the once for the first time, I think I actually felt it!

Devon & Cornwall Police, PCSO - That lovely boat has been crucial in our police projects over the years and has helped build personal confidence with youths that are way out of their comfort zone.

A Parent - ...has had fantastic opportunities and experiences through Morvargh and its brought out skills and strengths I never knew were there, as im sure it has in many young people, its really contributed to her confidence and growth, it will be real loss if other children miss out on such an incredible experience.






This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

3 of 1143 claimed

£1 Reward

Thanks for joining #PledgeAPound week!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A special thank you for believing in us! We'll tweet, mention you on facebook and add you to our supporters page :-)

£22 or more

£22 Reward

This donation buys a rearming kit for if the lifejacket gets set off. Thank you for believing in us, in return we'd like to thank you via tweets, facebook and a mention on our supporters page.

£70 or more

£70 Reward

This donation buys a lifejacket outright! :-) In return we'd like to invite you aboard for mulled wine, stollen, & mince pies; so we can thank you personally. Your 'lifejacket' will have a plaque added to where it hangs on Helen Mary R.

£1,285 or more

£1,285 Reward

Wow! Your donation has enabled us to purchase 18 new lifejackets! In return we'd like to give you a very special thank you by inviting you aboard Helen Mary R for an evening reception for up to 10 people. We'd like to add a plaque to where each lifejacket hangs thanking you personally.

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