Lynher's July Newsletter
Ibis reaches Plymouth 
Following an eventful time in Falmouth
So this time last year we delivered renewable eduction workshops aboard Lynher to 650 primary school children thanks to the award received by the Culture Recovery Fund. This year we took a step back from the full time education work in order to save the Cornish lugger 'Ibis FY519'.  Since we saw Ibis in Falmouth in April we knew that there was no time to waste or this precious example of the best of Cornish boatbuilding and maritime heritage would have been lost forever. We had to act as fast as possible to move the boat from her very precarious situation. This entailed numerous journeys to Falmouth where Lynher's team worked hard to carry out remedial work to the hull in order to make her float for the first time in years.
On a calm Thursday evening in the middle of July it was with great joy that Lynher's team witnessed Ibis FY519 floating off of her own accord. The tug was ready to tow her to Cockwells Boatyard to be lifted out. Apart from the tug's engine briefly misfiring, all went smoothly and Ibis FY519 was gently lifted out of the water to reveal the poor conditions her hull is in. Cockwells team did a fantastic job in collaboration with Anderson Road Transport. Ibis was lifted onto a flat bed and driven to Plymouth via Exeter with a heavy tow escort flashing ahead of the truck. The first part of this delicate process was concluded when Ibis reached Plymouth Yacht Haven. The second phase entails more remedial work prior to move her via water over to Southdown marina, where we will be able to stabilise her. It is a delicate time for all involved, keep fingers crossed!
Sailing with Autism    
How Lynher provides high quality respite to vulnerable adults
This month is was great to have aboard a group of adults with autism from our specialist friends WilderMe CIC. Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses. This group was so  enthusiastic and excited to step aboard Lynher and to experience life aboard, above all to be hands on whilst sailing the boat. We had an amazing time and got to know each member of the group. Some people joined in with all the practical chores and others had a relaxing time watching the world go by. We all felt very grateful to have so much space on Lynher so as to give everyone the chance to express themselves whilst gently and safely sailing around the Hamoaze. We definitely waved at every boat passing by, adding some pirates calls along the way, it was great fun! Everyone left feeling lighthearted and elated, they are all definitely coming back next year.
 Meet our trainee Ellis
And read his blog!
Hi! My name's Ellis, and I'm a working with Lynher CIC as a trainee under a bursary generously funded by the Philip Nicholas Charitable Trust and administered by National Historic Ships UK. Having some experience working on a similar vessel, I didn't arrive into this totally blind, however it had been about 3 years since I've been able to get on board a boat. Thankfully, my time here so far has been wonderful and I've got back into the swing of things fairly quickly.

Arriving in June, my first month mainly consisted of brushing off the dust of my seamanship and working on a vessel like Lynher. We had several trips with a spectrum of people, and Dominic introduced me to a whole catalogue of vital skills. Ranging from whipping to splicing, rowing to powerboat operation, and even passage planning!

Unfortunately, I had to take some time off at the start of July due to some health issues, but I was eager to get back into things! After a brief (but fantastic) trip onboard the gaff rigged Olga, operated by Sailing Tectona CIC I was back on Lynher on a chartered trip. One thing that I've picked up whilst working here that I wasn't expecting to, was a keen interest in the history of Lynher and how she was operated. This makes for many interesting conversations with the public whilst along side at Cotehele. For instance, it's recently came to light that there's documents confirming that Lynher and Shamrock (the only other Tamar barge currently on the hard at Cotehele) were owned and operated by the same company. It is history like that which really engages me!

Currently, my day to day duties revolve around ensuring that Lynher is safe and well looked after. Be that adjusting moorings lines, or regularly washing down the deck, or even making preparations for bigger jobs, such as replacing her Bowsprit shrouds. There's always something to keep me busy, and I'm constantly learning and developing my own skill set. Recently, our work on Ibis has had me patching garboards and sealing planking, which are both entirely new skills for me. 

Should you see me onboard, please don't hesitate to come over and say hello!
 In memory of Robert Vincent
Meet Bob, the boat designer and renewable energy guru who inspired many of us 
It is always difficult to deal with losses and, as a community, Millbrook is this month mourning the sudden loss of Bob, one of the most loved character of our maritime and village life. 

Bob was born in Saxlingham Thorpe, Norfolk, near the village of Hempnall, where he lived and grew up.  He spent much of his childhood and early teens playing, exploring and creating in the streams, ponds, meadows and woods in his local area, in tandem with friends. With them, he designed his first boats – a raft with a lug sail made of a sheet that sailed across a local pond and an outrigger canoe used, amongst other things, to rescue people when the village was flooded in 1968. He also built land yachts which could reach scary speeds on the local disused airfield’s runways. His talents as a designer were certainly on display from his earliest years fashioned by constructing numerous model boats which he sailed on the stream adjacent to his garden.

At 15.5 he left for HMS Ganges and a short career as a Royal Navy seaman, specializing in radar and also (a little known fact) trained as a sniper! He was picked out of hundreds. Later he studied at the Royal College of Art, gaining a masters degree, and he lived for a while in London before leaving for Melbourne, Australia, and a job creating scenery and backdrops in the theater. Bob briefly returned to Norfolk before decamping to Cornwall – the lure of its beautiful coastline proved to be irresistible, and he devoted his time to his love of boats, wind power and sailing. 

He was at least 50 years ahead of his time in terms of wind and sail power.  He was passionate about the environmental impact of commercial shipping – long before it became the major issue it is today.   He was heavily involved in wing technology for boats, and at the time of his passing he was working with a team, who are equally as passionate, on an innovative wingsail design, building on designs he had produced for Walker Wingsail back in the 90s.  Just recently we discussed our project concept for Lynher and Ibis, how to promote the transport of produce under sail in order to open people's eyes and minds on the impact that carbon emissions have on the environment. Bob was so passionate and knowledgeable about this subject, we would spend endless time talking about it whenever we met, on the road or in the Farmshop. As a community we are all missing him truly and value the time we shared with him. 
Save the date!
A celebration of the Tamar heritage
On 23rd 24th & 25th of August Cotehele Quay will host a celebration of the Lynher Barge, Shamrock and food producers within the Tamar Valley. Working as part of the Tamara Landscape Partnership to deliver part of the ‘Promoting our Produce’ project.
As part of the event, the Lynher will be moored at Cotehele with visitors able to learn more about her history and potentially climb aboard to experience life on board. Visitors will also be able to see Shamrock and the work we need to do to protect her. Throughout the week various musicians and performers will be visiting Cotehele Quay to perform.
On 26th & 27th of August Tamar Grow Local will be hosting a gazebo to showcase some of the local producers available within the Tamar Valley. Providing samples of their tasty wares and information on where products could be sourced. Another gazebo will also be hosting live cooking demonstrations to show visitors what fantastic recipes can be created by such high quality local produce.
See you there between 11:00 and 16:00.
Plymouth Seafood Festival
Food & Music with a maritime twist
Lynher will take part to the annual Plymouth Classic Boat Muster and Seafood Festival taking place in the Barbican on 17th & 18th September. Join us for a celebration of the Plymouth maritime heritage and to taste some of the delicious fresh food made in Plymouth. You can book a voyage sailing from Cotehele to the Barbican on 17th September and help us to transport some fresh produce from the Tamar Valley growers over to the city. Or book one of our cooking demonstrations aboard Lynher using this delicious produce and leave with a fresh veggie box!  Click on the buttons below to book with us.
Book Lynher's voyage 17th Sept
Book a cooking demo and food box on 18th Sept
Thinking of starting your own Social Enterprise? 
We have created a handy guide containing a wealth of information and resources drawing from our own experience, to provide some guidelines to anyone who would like to start a Social Enterprise or community business. Click on Lynher's image below to view the pdf file free to download.
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