At the January 2016 AGM of the EOA it was decided that the Association would make a donation to a sailing charity, preferably towards helping young people. Several suggestions were put forward and after careful consideration it was decided that the Cirdan Sailing Trust would be the most worthy recipient.
Cirdan is pronounced with a hard ‘C’ and is the name of a lesser known character in Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. He was a shipwright.
The EOA President and Editor were able to visit the charity’s headquarters at Bradwell Waterside, on the River Blackwater in Essex since this is also where they keep their own boat ‘Red Dawn IV’. They were able to see the work of the Cirdan Trust first hand and view two of their three boats.
The Cirdan Sailing Trust has been operating for over thirty years and in that time has provided challenging and adventurous experiences for over 32,000 young and disadvantaged people, operating three wooden sailing vessels, ‘Faramir’, ‘Queen Galadriel’ (both named after Tolkien’s characters) and ‘Duet’.
After reporting back to the Committee our President, Rodney Leaper, was authorised to hand over a cheque for £1,000 to the Trust, which he did on 1st April 2016 as pictured above. The money will go into the Trust’s ‘Voyage of Discovery Fund’ which provides bursaries to those group’s that have a shortfall in their own funding. To find out more about the Cirdan Sailing Trust please visit their website here.