Leila Sailing Trust

The Leila Sailing Trust is a registered charitable incorporated organisation (registered charity number 1166936) and was  established in 2008 to restore, and bring into sustainable use as a sail training vessel, the Leila, a 40ft gaff cutter rigged sailing yacht.

The Trust’s objective is to provide education opportunities through sail training on the Leila for people from Norfolk and Suffolk and particularly Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The Trust focuses particularly in providing opportunities for those young people who might not otherwise obtain them.

There are increasingly fewer traditional wooden sailing boats that are accessible to the community on the East Coast. Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are areas of significant economic and social deprivation and this project will provide young people, especially those with limited incomes, with opportunities for social and personal development, to learn about their marine heritage and to develop practical skills in sailing. When not in use, Leila is usually moored alongside  the Heritage Quay in Lowestoft to allow managed public access for all of the community.

Leila is a rare example of a gentleman’s sailing yacht from the late Victorian era, built in 1892 by F Wilkinson of Charlton for a barrister who sailed with the Royal Temple Yacht Club at Ramsgate and won the 1904 Round Britain Race.  She is one of the five oldest sailing yachts still sailing in the UK, and is included on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

The Trust meets twice a year and oversees the sail training project and boat maintenance.

  • Chairman, Duncan Jones who is a partner in Halesworth carpets and sails locally in dinghies;
  • Secretary, Richard Goss who runs Anglia Press Agency and has chartered Leila many times;
  • Trustee,Stacey Foulger who runs Princes Trust courses for Inspire Suffolk in Lowestoft and has sent groups on Leila voyages.

The Trustees are responsible for making sure that the Trust:

  • Is clear about its purposes and direction
  • Is financially sound and prudent.
  • Is accountable and transparent.

The Trust is always keen to welcome additional volunteers, in particular those with experience in business and financial management.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Trust or wish to become involved in any way please contact us.

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