A unique one-day conference of training and inspiration for cruising sailors is to take place on Sunday 11th March 2018 (from 10am-5:15pm) at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk.

Titled “We Do Mean to Go to Sea”, it will consist of workshop sessions on a choice of topics, together with keynote speeches from sailors Paul Heiney and Dave Selby, and supported by demonstrations and exhibition stands from a variety of marine related organisations, including the Nancy Blackett Trust.

Watch Paul Heiney introduce the conference in this video:

The conference is organised by the Woolverstone Project, in association with the Cruising Association, and is supported by Fox’s Marina and Boatyard and the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. Profits from the conference will go directly to the Woolverstone Project to provide sailing lessons for the disabled.

The format is built around four workshop sessions in the day, and those attending can choose from around 40 different topics, covering core subjects such as cruising skills, boat maintenance and possible destinations, plus more lifestyle topics such as cooking, photography and drawing.

Several workshops are being led by Nancy Blackett Trust members who are specialists in their fields, and a number of our members have already signed up to attend.