Sail Britain is a unique sailing initiative exploring the British coastline through research, the creative arts and engagement with communities. We reconnect people with the UK’s maritime heritage, culture and identity, and highlight the beauty and importance of our coastal marine environment.
Our work with research organisations, arts centres, universities and individuals explores the coastline from multidisciplinary perspectives, from its cultural and historical importance to environmental issues such as dwindling fish stocks, marine plastic pollution, climate change, and eroding coastlines.
By working with the creative arts and engaging with outreach activities, we communicate our stories and research to a wider audience, highlighting the cultural importance of our relationship with the sea and the connection between ecological issues and society. We believe this is a unique approach to the study of our coastline from a social, historical and environmental viewpoint.
The Coastline Project is our programme to circumnavigate the British Isles over seven months. While the boat, our team, and the idea will form a common narrative, each stage will be crewed by a different group of people from as varied a background as possible. Along each stage these groups will develop as a coherent team, something which sailing is a wonderful catalyst for, to explore the people, identity, history and ecological importance of the places they visit and to develop individual research and responses.
Our 7-month round Britain programme:
The sailing boat itself and the process of working together as a crew are central to the project. Sailing brings people together in a challenging new environment to develop strong relationships as well as individual personal development. But it also allows time to observe, to listen and to contemplate, and for the participants to develop and exchange ideas. Through traveling slowly and engaging with coastal communities, participants can develop a depth of experience which is not possible when traveling by fast means of transport such as road, rail or air.