Great news for the Project!
Some mornings are destined to make the day either totally fantastic or sadly, total chaos; last Thursday was totally fantastic!
One of my priorities over the past few months has been to develop a sponsorship proposal for local business. As you can imagine it has taken a while to get it right with regards to what we’re asking for against what we can offer back as a return on investment. Fortunately I was able to build on the strong links we had made with Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors and Cotton Frog after our Quiz & Auction last year to create a proposal that is well balanced and is based on collaboration – rather than the normal give and take.
As you may be aware since 2011 we have berthed Helen Mary R in Sutton Harbour. The team at Sutton Harbour Marina have always gone out of their way to help & support us, and our berth because of it’s location in Sutton Harbour is protected behind their lock gates from the prevailing weather all year round. (www.suttonharbourmarina.co.uk)
It was natural for us to approach Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc for sponsorship and I felt there were some great opportunities for collaboration. This brings me nicely back to last Thursday morning, I had just returned from a yacht delivery to the Mediterranean and had 11 days of admin to catch up on when I received a call from Mark Brimacombe (Sutton Harbour’s Marina Manager) confirming that Sutton Harbour will sponsor us!!
Sutton Harbour Marina will be providing mooring for Helen Mary R and as such this reduces the fixed overheads for running Morvargh. Their support will enable us to charge just £200 for 6 days rather than the £350 we charged before having to suspend operations. This opens up voyages for even more disadvantaged youth.
As you can imagine we’d like to find a few more businesses to engage with and perhaps arrange sponsorship to support the Project. We have a unique demographic; the sail training we provide and the Tall Ships races we will participate in caters for a large range of interests, abilities and aspirations. We take young people aged 14-25 on our voyages and also provide around 20 adult sailing days each year (this equates to around 300 young people and 200 adults)
The Tall Ships Race which we will participate in provides 5.5 million spectators & 8,000 participants from over 50 countries! The value of TV/Radio/Press coverage is around £1.5 million. You can read my post about the Tall Ships races and why Plymouth should host a leg here
Morvargh Sailing Project is about young people (read about how life changing the experience is for them here), adventure, social responsibility, the environment, and heritage – all this set against the stunning backdrop of the South West of England, France and other European ports.