ES1 Completes Youth Sea Experience Scheme


The MVS national training vessel East Sussex 1 has completed an intensive programme of evening trips aimed at giving young people a taste of going out to sea.

In June and July, East Sussex Sovereign Harbour Unit, which funds, maintains and operates the 17 metre long ex-RN harbour launch, undertook 14 training evenings for youth groups, typically involving eight youngsters and two adult leaders each time.

In addition East Sussex 1 carried out two evening trips for adults with special needs.
These trips involved letting the youngsters steer the vessel, under supervision, and learn some basic navigation and chartwork.

Head of Unit David Hughes said: “We have been doing these trips for several years now and they have proved very popular.
This programme represents a huge effort by Unit members who have given up a lot of their spare time to crew the vessel and, crucially, to keep East Sussex 1 in top class condition for these trips”.