We are a group of local people who enjoy spending time on the water and want to encourage more young people to share in the fun and excitement of water based activities by providing experience afloat and a programme of tuition offering a pathway to personal development and fulfilment. The Stour Blue Water Passport Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and is an RYA accredited training organisation. It adopts the RYA guidelines on safety and safeguarding policies.
Our Sail and Water Champion is paralympian Hannah Stodel - a three times world champion; “The water has always inspired me to go out, compete and win. My Blue Pass on the Stour offers a great introduction to the sport. I am backing them 100 per cent.'
Our principal is Andy Speirs, a keen sailor, wind surfer and kayaker. His wife Sue and three children spend most of their summer leisure time afloat.
Our senior RYA instructor is Rachael Hurst, geography teacher. She provides dinghy sailing instruction at Birch Hall Adventures (one of our partners) and at Frinton and Walton.
Our future RYA Dinghy Instructor will be Gus Wilde, a keen sailor and cyclist. He is currently undertaking his instructor training and will gain his certificate early July.
Our newly appointed administrator is Sharon Rawlinson. Manningtree born and bred 3rd generation Thames Barge workers, Artist and Photographer BAHonours 1st degree in fine art. Worked all over the world for corporate companies such as Adidas and Lloyds Insurance and has come home to roost to bring up her daughter in Manningtree. Likes a challenge and seeing young people enjoy the river as Manningtree people always have throughout the centuries.
Garron Baines is a rower, kayaker and sailor and former trustee of the national children’s charity Action for Children. He is a former journalist, broadcaster and international business executive.
Daniel Ager is a competitive sailor, lawyer and trusts specialist.
Andy Speirs is a keen sailor, water sports enthusiast and fireman working with children through the Essex Fire Brigade Firebreak scheme. He is also a local builder.
Stephen Jones is a keen sailor living locally.
Anja Beanman is a competitive dinghy sailor and chair of Governors at Bradfield Primary School.
MISTLEY MALTINGS TRUST (FUNDER)
We believe it is an ambitious but highly worthwhile project, potentially providing access to water activities to many that would not have it, with all the educational benefits and life skills that will entail.