National charity the Sea Cadets is fundraising £800,000 for two new Sail Training yachts – and it has signed the first contract for a Rustler 42 after successfully raising half of the overall total.
The new yachts will replace the charity’s current Tradewind 35 yachts after 16 years of service. The boats have taken 4,600 young people on coastal and offshore trips.
Sea Cadets spent a year raising £400,000, to replace one of the two yachts, and got there thanks to generous support from the City of London’s Lord Mayor Appeal.
Local cadets from Falmouth & Penryn unit were present to witness the contract signing by Sea Cadets CEO Martin Coles and head of offshore training Andy Phenna, with Rustler Yachts directors Adrian Jones and Nick Offord.
Martin Coles said: “Upgrading our yachts is vital – without modern equipment we limit our efforts to inspire, to boost young people’s confidence through access to skills and experiences that can help define them and their futures.
“These Rustler 42 yachts mean we can take more young people to sea – helping more to a great head start in life with a range of skills as well as an unforgettable, life changing experience.”
The new yachts are bigger than the Tradewinds 35s, meaning the charity can help more cadets get afloat. The yachts will be part of the Sea Cadet fleet of its flagship TS Royalist, a 29m tall ship, and TS Jack Petchey and TS John Jerwood, two motor boats.
Adrian Jones of Rustler Yachts said: “It has been a privilege to have worked on this project. Rustler Yachts are delighted to have been chosen to build two very special new yachts for the Sea Cadets.”
(taken from www.classicboat.co.uk)