Jack Petchey Foundation
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TS Jack Petchey

The Jack Petchey Foundation donated £1million to enable The Marine Society & Sea Cadets to build a new power-training ship for young people. She is named ‘T.S. Jack Petchey’.

TS Petchey

Jack Petchey and TS Jack Petchey

In 2009 the 24 metre long power vessel was named in a special ceremony by Jack Petchey CBE joining its sister ship ‘T.S. John Jerwood’.

The ship has 16 berths and will train 16,000 young people over an anticipated lifespan of 25 years. ‘T.S. Jack Petchey’ became fully operational in April 2010, and took to the seas after celebrations alongside Tower Bridge and St Katharine Docks on the River Thames.

The ship allows young people to experience sea training on board a modern power vessel. They learn navigation, bridge team duties, seamanship, deck work, engineering, cooking/ stewarding plus experience all the duties needed to operate a vessel at sea. All of this takes place on the coastal waters of the UK and Europe.

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets now have six vessels as part of its off shore fleet. Each year the charity takes 1,500 young people to sea, where they can put in to practice the sailing skills and team work spirit they have learnt at their local units.

The Jack Petchey Foundation is delighted to have contributed to such a lasting legacy for all cadets. The team working skills, self-discipline and experience gained from the voyages of the ‘T.S. Jack Petchey’ will stand the cadets in good stead for later life.

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Sea Cadet in ship's chartroom

 I am very happy to know that future generations of young people will have an opportunity to experience the discipline, self development and camaraderie that sea training provides
Jack Petchey