Members of the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, are ready to welcome the public on board the sea training charity's 17-metre-long ex-Royal Navy launch East Sussex 1 this weekend (26-28 August).
East Sussex 1 will be moored at Sovereign Harbour's Waterfront and open to the public from 1-5pm each day over the bank holiday. Children will also be welcome on board, and have the opportunity to 'steer' the ship, as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
The Eastbourne-based training vessel has recently returned from few days sailing out of Dover where she took out groups of Sea Cadets on basic sea experience trips.
Since the early May MVS members have been working hard delivering a programme of sea experience trips and instruction ashore to youth groups including scout groups, Bexhill Sailing Club cadets, Nautical Training Corps cadets and Sea Cadets
The volunteers are always happy to share their experiences of volunteering in the MVS and anybody interested in boating or the sea is also welcome to come along to one of their Tuesday evening meetings to find out more. The MVS welcomes everyone, from complete beginners right up to master mariners.
Once the Bank Holiday is over, East Sussex 1 will sail to the Solent for about three weeks to provide members with intensive training in busy waters.
The MVS is a registered national charity and one of its key charitable objectives is youth training. The head of the MVS Unit, David Hughes said, “Past three months have been very busy. We have successfully delivered a packed programme, providing initial sea experience trips to youth and other groups. Now we are starting to look at next year's programme and would love to hear from other youth groups who would like to come to sea with us, just look us up on Facebook or call me on 07481 909310.”