Sailing Tectona, is run by a team of people united in their passion to care for and maintain traditional sailing vessels in order to provide life-changing opportunities for young people and people in recovery. We use sailing as a method to reconnect people with nature and in doing so reconnect with themselves and each other.
Ben - Operations Manager and Skipper
My journey to becoming part of the Sailing Tectona team started at the age of 14 when I joined the sail training vessel the “Greater Manchester Challenge”. The voyage was from Holyhead and I recall my dad saying to me that I could be a skipper of a boat like this. I didn’t believe him because I found the voyage to be epic. The power of the wind in the sails, the responsibility of everyone on-board and the ever changing environment in which we found ourselves in, meant that I felt overwhelmed, and to be part of sea-staff felt out of reach.
Over the years, and aside to a wide range of short careers, I tried to get on the ocean whenever I could, filling in my logbook and gaining qualifications, until one day I found myself as part of the sea-staff on board Tectona on an epic voyage, with the sails full of power that we had control, with a crew who we as sea-staff were trying to give the best possible experience to.
Katy - Shipwright
I have been working around boats for 11 years. At the age of 17 I moved to Scotland to begin teaching dinghy sailing. During my 4 years in that role I also taught various other outdoor sports to a range of young people and adults. In 2014 I went travelling, then moved to Greece and started managing a beach resort. Between my summers teaching sailing I also worked in New Zealand, Egypt, France and India. In 2019 I returned to the UK and retrained as a boat builder at the Academy in Lyme Regis. I then worked for a short period at T.Nielsons in Gloucester before beginning working for Sailing Tectona in October 2020. I love working for Sailing Tectona because I believe they make a measurable improvement to peoples lives by introducing them to the sea and to other people who are in their situation, which helps them feel less alone on their journey. Not to mention the fun they have along the way. I am currently working to our wonderful team of volunteers to gain skills and confidence working on our boats.
Mike - Skipper
Emma - Business Manager and 1st Mate
I started sailing when I was 15 years old after taking part in a sail training voyage with my school and I have never looked back. I love the experience of a crew coming together whilst sailing to overcome challenges and make new friends.
I am so grateful to be able to work in a way that offers this amazing experience to other people from all backgrounds. As well as sailing on the boats as a 1st Mate, I also work a lot in the office to organise bookings.
Jen - Volunteer Raiser of Funds
My love of tall ships started on the Lord Nelson sailing with able boded and disabled people. I was feeling low and needed an adventure. Being at sea with others, challenged by the environment and the weather it became a life changing experience.
Hauling ropes, working as a team with my watch, sailing under the stars with huge white sails…it was just what my soul needed.
I now live in Plymouth and have found the Tectona Family and I am working hard to raise funds to let people in Recovery share the experience I had.
Graham - Media
I have had the privilege of being on board Tectona as a leader of my Scout groups expedition during the summer of 2018. An incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. After hearing all about the amazing journey that Tectona and her dedicated team were about to embark on, I wanted to help in anyway I could. With a background in product design, I decided to offer my skills to the team to aid them in developing their Brand.
The brand that has been created in partnership with the Sailing Tectona Team and reflects the fun, friendly, adventurous and life changing experiences that Tectona and her team provide. I count myself incredibly lucky to work with such a passionate team and to help, even in such a small way, develop this organisations future. I wish Sailing Tectona all the best for its future.