At the beginning of July residents of the Treneere Estate, Penzance celebrated the building of two boats on their estate. Local residents had joined in with Cornwall Marine Network's (CMN) ‘Build a Boat Project' to successfully complete the construction of two 7'6" wooden boats. The boats were launched and tested at
Penzance Sailing Club on the 3rd July. Read the article as featured in the Cornishman.
Residents volunteered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to help the boats get built and in return they benefitted from expert tutoring from Dave Martin of CMN and have been able to discuss potential careers with employers from local marine businesses, including: The Cornish Diving School, Kernow Marine Explorations, 3D Kernow, Cornwall Seafood Training, Wave Venture and the Rhoda Mary Project.
Prior to the launch event Paul Marshall, DCH Community Engagement Director said: "It's been excellent to see the community pulling together to get the boats built on time and for them to hear first-hand about marine careers. This project has given people a taste for what it is like to work in the industry and it will help open doors for the volunteers who would like to pursue a career in this direction. We're looking forward to celebrating this achievement and seeing the boats afloat for the first time."
The project has been financed through DCH's Community Investment Programme and has been delivered by Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) with support and thanks to local organisations including: 3D Kernow, the Cornish Diving Centre, Cornish Fibre Sports, Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency, Kernow Marine Explorations, Pendeen Pilot Gig Club, Penzance Sailing Club, Woodstock, Seafood Cornwall Training, Whole Again Communities and Wickes of Truro.
Verity Henderson, Project's Coordinator at CMN said: "It's been a really great community project, everyone's worked hard and the boats have been successfully built in time and to specification. A special thank you to all the people and organisations that have got involved and helped to make this project work so well."
Dave Martin, the projects on-site boat building tutor said: "It was a true feat of marine focussed community spirit and has inspired the imaginations of those that participated."
The finished boats have been gifted to DCH customers in Penzance for further community activities. For more information about the boats and the event please go to www.facebook.com/buildaboatproject.
Copyright 2011 Cornwall Marine Network
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