30 July 2021

Rampion sponsors Sailhaven Project aiming to restore wooden yacht for the community

The Sailhaven Project is a community project aiming to make sailing accessible to everyone by restoring the 1961 mahogany built wooden yacht Naima in Newhaven.

The team also aim to teach disadvantaged children yacht sailing & maintenance completely free of charge, and once finish, Naima will be permanently moored in Newhaven and made available for local residents to enjoy.

Frédéric Laloux, Head of the Sailhaven Project said “Knowledge and skill sharing, respect, community and non-discrimination are the foundations of our organisation. Yacht sailing is expensive and not affordable for many of us but our project is removing the financial obstacle by giving everyone a chance to sail a beautiful 1961 mahogany built wooden yacht.”

“Last spring 2021 we have passed the halfway point of the restoration and we are now in the final phase of reconstruction. Our team is now fitting between 1 and 2 planks a week which means all major work should be complete by Christmas. Our goal is to launch early summer 2022. In the meantime, we will provide classroom-based discovery sessions during the winter.”

Jennifer Donn, Stakeholder Manger at Rampion said “We are always delighted to support local community projects with inclusivity and community at their core. Preserving a part of our maritime heritage is so important and helps to strengthen our connection with the sea and marine environment.”  

You can find out more about this exciting project at www.sailhaven.org

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