With Scaramouche now afloat after three years laid up in a boat yard there has been so much to do getting her ready to race.
Everything from overhauling her rigging to making sure that the paperwork is in order has now been finished, (very nearly!), and Scaramouche and the novice crew are almost ready for their first race next week. The first voyage round from the boat yard in Sandwich 180 miles along the south coast to Poole Harbour with the crew learning how to handle a big 45 foot ocean-going yacht was just the start of this adventure. Since then Scaramouche has given other young sailors a taste of ocean racing and an experience they will never forget.
Now, there can be no doubt that the project is a viable and worthwhile enterprise. Sadly, if inevitably, finance is a genuine issue. This is a school-based project and without some significant input it is simply not sustainable. The reality is that purchasing and bringing Scaramouche up to standard remains an unpaid expense! Essentially we have borrowed from other budgets and we now need to pay them back…
We really need your help with this project if it is to continue.
For the first time an inner-city school will enter a series of prestigious Royal Ocean Racing Club events. Our goal is to enter and complete the Fastnet Race in 2017. We need to raise £60,000 to pay for training, equipment and race fees. In the first place we need to raise £15,000 to pay for Scaramouche. Scaramouche is the 1983 America's Cup entry for America. Since then she has led an interesting and chequered career and we found her laid up in a boat yard in Sandwich!
About the project
GCA Sailing has made Greig City Academy the first inner-city London school to have its own sailing club. 5 self-renovated craft and 1,000 sailors strong. We are the only London comprehensive school with its own fleet, students each year are taking on the challenge of sailing for the first time.
We purchase boats requiring a little, or a lot, of love and attention and renovate them in school. This has the benefit of making the whole scheme affordable and providing the opportunity for our students to learn valuable practical maintenance skills.
We have expanded our fleet to 7 with it now ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a 45ft German Frers - "Scaramouiche". This allows us to train from the most basic to advanced levels.
We believe that for our students the project contributes to personal growth, social awareness and develops skills for life. Our sailors learn how to take managed risk, how to take responsibility and develop as a team. It also broadens horizons, gives an awareness of what’s outside their day-to-day lives and promotes a can-do attitude.
We now aim to take this to the next level and demonstrate that anybody with skill, determination and dedication can succeed in the sport, regardless of their background.