TS Helen Mary R

The UK's only Bowman 57 sail training vessel; built and launched by the Rona Sailing Project in 1986 and owned by us since 2010, Helen Mary R now sails from Cornwall providing inspirational life-changing voyages for young people.

A fantastic Sail Training vessel

Helen Mary R is a Bowman 57, designed by famous yacht designers Holman & Pye and built by Southern Boatbuilding Company and the Rona Sailing Project.

She was launched in 1986 and has provided life-changing voyages for young people for 36 years! Her first 24 years were with the Rona Sailing Project (formally London Sailing Project) until 2010 when we bought her and formed Morvargh Sailing Project. Amazingly, she's inspired over 5000 young people and is still going strong!

Helen Mary R sails with a compliment of up to 16. The sea staff; collectively called the Afterguard, consists of a Skipper, Mate, Two Watch Officers and sometimes, Two Watch Leaders.

Watch Leaders are young people who have sailed with us before and who have been invited to join Morvargh Sailing Project as a volunteer after showing leadership potential. There will always be a Skipper and Mate on board but you may not have a Watch Officer or a Watch Leader, depending on the type of voyage.

Our crew consists of between 10 and 12 young people called Trainees. Together the Trainees and Afterguard work and live together whilst sailing the ship.

Helen Mary R is a comfortable sail training vessel with two seating areas (on the boat, these are called the upper & lower saloon), a well-equipped small kitchen (also known as a galley) and two toilets (called heads). The sleeping area is open plan throughout the boat with snug bunks and your own small storage area for your bag.

UK Sail Training vessels are maintained to a standard exceeding the requirements of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) small commercial vessel codes of practice (Category 2). She has the safety features, equipment and capability to be sailed up to 60 miles from a safe haven. All volunteer sea staff undergo thorough safety training and vessel familiarisation before setting sail. Lifejackets with integral harnesses and good-quality waterproofs are provided. Codes of conduct are in place and our sailing staff will ensure a positive, supportive and encouraging atmosphere is maintained throughout the voyage.

Technical Specifications

Vessel Built Southern Boat Building, Southampton
Construction Fibreglass
History 1985 - Laid Up
1986 - Launched into service with London Sailing Project
2010 - Sold to Morvargh Sailing Project
Official Number 711647
Registered Tonnage 28.69
Sail Number GBR TS7
Call Sign MFRF4
MMSI 235004884
Length Overall 17.4 meters or 57 feet
Waterline Length 13.6 meters or 44 feet 7 inches
Beam 4.5 meters or 14 feet 9 inches
Draught 2.4 meters or 7 feet 10 inches
Mast Height 20.9 meters or 68 feet 6 inches
Engine Perkins Sabre M92 Diesel
Speed 7.5kts under power
10kts under sail
Capacities Water 1000 litres
Fuel 450 litres

A Class D Tall Ship

The term Tall Ship has been used for as long as people have been sailing. Most agree, though, that the term was first used regularly following the organisation of the first Tall Ships race in 1956. The first race of the sail training ships took place from Torbay, UK to Lisbon, Portugal, and the event was so incredibly popular that Sail Training International decided to make it a biennial and then an annual event. There are four classes of Tall Ship; classes A through D. Helen Mary R is a class D tall ship, being a modern rigged vessel (She is a type of Ketch) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with an LWL of at least 9.14 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails.


Morvargh Sailing Project is a Community Interest Company registered in England No: 07132688. Registered address: Willow Barn, Lower Bodwen, Redmoor, PL30 5AT


Fowey, Cornwall




+44 (0)7481 546577

Vessel Location:

50°20'00.8"N 4°37'46.9"W

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