Originally built in 1864, the 70ft Essex smack Pioneer fell into decayafter alife spent dredging oysters in the North Sea. 

An audacious restoration project by the Pioneer Sailing Trust recovered the wreck in 1998 and restored her. 

Pioneer's new life as a sail training vessel can take up to 16 people and is used as a vehicle to facilitate learning skills and exploring new and adventurous terriorty whilst in a unique environment. 

The Trust has also maintained the boat building ethos by developing a specialist training skills facility at Harker's Yard, Brightlingsea where young Apprentices learn boat-building skills and develop essential values needed to seek future employment. 

Hundreds of young people benefit from their time at Pioneer Sailing Trust each year, whether on a sailing adventure, work experience in the boat yard, or an Apprenticeship. 

The Trust is passionate about developing and supporing young people through education and new experiences. 


NEWS - Apprenticeships and work experience for young people wanting to enter the marine industry.

Working on real projects in a real working environment, apprentices learn the skills needed to work with a variety of materials on a range of craft.

The yard specialises in the restoration of historic vessels and manufactures the popular cold-moulded wooden east coast rowing gig. Pioneer Sailing Trust is affiliated to Colchester Institute and also has an on-site classroom to deliver formal aspects of the apprenticeship where apprentices gain a City and Guilds Diploma in marine construction, systems engineering and maintenance (boat building) Pioneer Sailing Trust will be holding interviews in September for the next intake of students.

Please email your CV to info@pioneersailingtrust.org.uk along with a cover letter, or call 01206 303373 for more information.

Source: Pioneer CK18


NEWS - Land and Sea Exhibition onboard the Cutty Sark, Greenwich 28th May 2016

Visit this brand new travelling exhibition, which pemieres in Cutty Sark's dry dock from 28th May - hea the fascinating stories of two histroic vessels and find out how the Thames Estuary provided food as well as employment from boat building and fishing to keeping the seaways safe. 

Land and Sea tells the story of two vessels that worked in the Thames Estuary: Priscilla and Trinity House Launch 393 - both recently restored by the Pioneer Sailing Trust. 

Explore the subject further through a number of interactive elements, including a faithful replica of the clothing oyster fisherman used to wear and the opportunity to learn how a "gaff rig" sail works. Learn how boat builders sought timber from local frests when building thei vessels to create the smooth curves of the hull shape - and look up to see the refined hull lines of Cutty Sark.

Lower Ground: The Dock, Cutty Sark, Greenwich, 28th May - 6th June 2016. Admission included in venue ticket. 

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