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‘Sylvia Adams’ launched at Calvert Trust Kielder

Sylvia Adams

Sailing is one of the most popular activities at Calvert Trust Kielder and when the need arose for a new sailing boat to enable more visitors to experience the thrill of sailing on Kielder Water, the fundraising team at the centre contacted The Sylvia Adams Trust to ask for help to fund a new vessel. Following a visit to the centre on the shores of Kielder Water, Jane Young Director of the Trust, was happy to endorse the application and the trustees allocated a grant of £24,511 to buy a Drascombe Gig. 

Peter Cockerill, CEO of Calvert Trust said:

“We are very grateful to Sylvia Adams Trust for their generosity and support. Without their help, we would not have been able to buy the boat in the foreseeable future.”

Sylvia Adams - Sails UpThe new boat has been named ‘Sylvia Adams’ and some guests, staying at the centre on a respite break, were thrilled to take part in her inaugural sail on the lake.

The gig is a powerful and exhilarating sailing boat that will accommodate 10 people but can be sailed single-handedly by an experienced skipper.  Designed as a training vessel, this would replace two smaller 20 year old Drascombe Longboats and complement the one Gig already in service at Calvert Trust Kielder.

Experience has shown that the size, stability and ease of sailing of the Drascombe Gig makes it most suited to Calvert Trust Kielder activities.

“People are often nervous about getting into a boat, but when we demonstrate the stability of the gig, they relax and thoroughly enjoy their trip on the water.” James, activity instructor.

The Gig is easier for novice sailors to learn to sail, giving them a real sense of achievement.  

Large groups can take to the water together and the crew area is more flexible and comfortable for less mobile users, allowing for modifications such as supportive seating. With a bigger platform the Gig is able to cope with more challenging sailing conditions while maintaining comfort and stability and this in turn helps boost confidence in those sailing for the first time.

For more information about sailing and any of our other activities please contact a member of the Business Development Team on 01434 250232.


Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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