The Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust was formed on 11 January 2005 and is a Registered Charity under No.1108385. It is formed as a general charitable trust but the initial purpose was to relieve the hardship caused in the dreadful Asian tsunami of December 2004. For more background information please visit the History page.
Having exhausted the funds raised in the tsunami appeal, the Trustees have resolved that the objectives of the Trust shall be as follows:
To help broaden the ambitions of
disadvantaged or younger people by giving them
the opportunity of broadening their experience through sail training.
Preference will be given to those identified by members of the Royal Thames
To support young sailors with promise in competitive racing who are in education, or have not yet started full-time careers, using the resources and expertise of the
Royal Thames Yacht Club members whenever possible.
To provide a focus for additional fundraising in response to maritime disasters, particularly when we can draw on the connections of Royal Thames Yacht Club members to ensure the best possible use of the funds.
The philosophy we have developed is to
provide sponsorship to selected individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who will benefit from the
special experience of going to sea, as part of the crew, on a cruise or
voyage for a week or sometimes longer.
THE INDIVIDUAL BENEFICIARIES
All over the country there are charities which aim to interest young people in sailing and other aquatic sports. Many of these young people come from underprivileged backgrounds in terms of poverty, domestic stability, lack of opportunity and guidance and many other problems. Being on the water, sailing a dinghy gives self-reliance providing visible benefits to a section of the community sometimes ignored – able bodied but impoverished youth whose only visible leaders in the community may themselves be a bad influence. The self-reliance derived from sailing a dinghy on inland waters is magnified many times by going to sea as part of a working crew. Sometimes this experience may lead to the beneficiary starting a career in the marine industry - definitely Changing Horizons........To identify these young people the Trust maintains contacts with an increasing range of organizations which provide assistance to disadvantaged youths. The Trustees are always anxious to hear of charitable organisations who cater for this section of the community as additional sources of young people benefiting from our work. The post-voyage reports, some of which are available on this site, tell their own heart-warming story.
HOW THE BENEFICIARIES GET TO SEA
We are not a large enough charity to own and run our own boats and so we offer our beneficiaries the choice of going to sea with any one of a number of other charitable organisations who run their own boats. The organisations with whom we regularly work are:
The Jubilee Sailing Trust www.jst.org.uk
The Rona Sailing Project www.ronasailingproject.org
Sea-Change Sailing Trust www.seachangesailingtrust.org.uk
In this way, donations to the Charities' funds serve a dual purpose of enhancing the life of a disadvantaged youth and supporting other marine based charities. Members of the Trust regularly visit these partner organisations both to see the work which they do at first hand and to ensure that the beneficiaries will gain the maximum from their voyage.
SOURCES OF BENEFICIARIES
To date we have sent to sea numerous young people who have been recommended by the following charitable organisations:
The Ahoy Centre, Deptford, SE.London www.ahoy.org.uk
Help for Heroes www.helpforheroes.org.uk
Christian Youth Sailing Centre, Chichester www.cye.org.uk
Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre, Millwall Docks, East London www.dswc.org
The Jubilee Sailing Trust, Southampton www.jst.org.uk
Queen Mary Sailing Club, Queen Mary Reservoir, Ashford www.queenmary.org.uk
The Rona Sailing Project, the Hamble www.ronasailingproject.org
Sea Cadets www.sea-cadets.org
Westminster Boating Base, Victoria Embankment, Pimlico www.westminsterboatingbase.co.uk/
We are always on the lookout for other sources young people who would benefit from what we have to offer and welcome any suggestions. There are four main criteria:
1. They are young persons aged from 14 to 18 years old from an underprivileged background;
2. They could not afford to fund the voyage from personal or family means;
3. That they are likely to benefit from the voyage; and
4. They are able bodied. (This last criterion is because there are numerous other charities assisting disabled sailors and by concentrating on young able bodied people in need we feel that we are plugging a specific gap in the safety net)