By public vote, the Tectona Trust won the West Country – West Region ‘People’s Project’ award of £50,000. Nationally, the Tectona Trust came fourth out of 95 entrants in the 2019 competition. The ‘People’s Project’ is organised by the National Lottery and ITV.
The award will be used to help people of all ages, including those with mental health issues and recovering from addiction, benefit from experiences working on and maintaining traditional sailing craft. The key developments will include an increase in the number of Recovery Voyages undertaken and the establishment of a shore base for use by members of the Tectona Ocean Recovery Club (TORC).
The ketch Tectona was built in 1928 in Calicut India. Between 1964 and 1980 she was owned by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of Plymouth and used as a training ship for cadets attending Plymouth School of Navigation.
In 1980, the ship was sold to an overseas charity. In 2008, Tectona was purchased by a retired general practitioner, Dr Roger Crabtree who combined his lifetime interests in sailing and working with disadvantaged persons through the use of the Tectona. For the last ten years, Tectona has been undertaking Recovery Voyages in which up to twelve vulnerable adults go to sea as active crew members. The seagoing experience often changes their lives. Ben Williams, skipper of Tectona states that ‘The change we see in people is amazing and our partner charities tell us that those whot complete a voyage are twice as likely to finish their treatment successfully’.
The Tectona Trust was established in 2009 by Dr Roger Crabtree ‘to help people of all ages develop and become mature and responsible individuals through the experience of sail training activities in traditional sailing craft’. Following his tragic death in late 2018, the Tectona was bequeathed to the Tectona Trust and is operated today through its subsidiary company , Sailing Tectona CIC.