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TEAM DEVELOPMENT
The Pioneer Sailing Trust team work closely with group leaders to develop a day that meets the needs of the group.READ MORE
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TRAINING
We also offer Royal Yachting Association qualifications on board Pioneer, which is a 3 day course.
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PRIVATE HIRE
Pioneer is also available for private hire for groups of up to 12 people. READ MORE
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CORPORATE EXPERIENCE
We offer a corporate day experience tailored to suit the needs of the company.
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REGATTAS
There are several local Regattas through the sailing season. Racing amongst the other local smacks is a fantastic experience to be involved in. READ MORE

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Based at Harkers Yard, Essex, the Trust provide learning opportunities for young people to equip them with skills for life, both at sea and on land. Whether aboard Pioneer or ashore in Harkers Yard, we believe that every young person should have a fair start in life no matter their circumstance or background.

The Trust was initially founded in 1999, with an ambition to restore a 70ft Essex Smack Pioneer boat, which fell into decay after a life spent dredging oysters in the North Sea. Restored in 2005, the vessel forged a new life as a sail training boat, now an essential part of the Trust’s wider mission to facilitate learning opportunities within young people, through maritime experiences.


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THE PIONEER SAILING TRUST
The Pioneer Sailing Trust was set up in 1999 to restore back to sailing condition the last remaining first class Essex Skillinger smack Pioneer.  She was another example of Britain's Maritime Heritage left to perish.

CAN YOU HELP US
Donations:
Donations however small are very much needed and will be greatly appreciated.
We Need:
Contact with organisations who might like to bring groups of up to 12 sailing on Pioneer. Anyone who might like to help out in some way, or has a good idea as to how they might help an organisation such as ourselves will be welcome.
Please contact us on 01206 303373 or email us admin@pioneersailingtrust.org.uk
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