"I've learnt so much and gained loads of sea miles. It's been sick"
Jasmin joined Heritage Marine Foundation as an apprentice in 2015.
In her three years Jasmin gained:
-Level 2 NVQ in Marine Engineering (boat building and rigging)
-RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
-RYA Powerboat Level 2
-STCW95 Personal Survival Techniques
-STCW95 Fire prevention and Fire Fighting
-STCW95 Elementary First Aid
-SRC Short Range Certificate VHF
Jasmin sucessfully demonstrated:
-Compentancy in wire rope splicing up to 36mm 7x7 construction
-Compentancy in all types of rope splicing, traditional and modern.
-Compentancy in methods of working aloft both “Rope Access” and traditional methods.
-Compentancy in the preperation and application of modern and traditioanl paints and varnishes.
She now has over 10,000 nautical miles gained on both modern and traditional sailing vessels.
Jasmin has carried out maintence and refit works on the The Clipper Ship “Cutty Sark“, the sloop “HMS Gannet” as well as operational square rigged sailing ships, Thames Barges, Traditional Fishing Smacks, classic yachts, including “Atlantic“ as well as modern yachts to include full reriggs of both types.
Jaz in her own words…
“I have always been messing around on the water from a young age, I brought my first boat aged nine, it was a small one man topper and this was when I began to understand wind and tide and how many mud banks there are in the Blackwater Estuary. Since then I had many more small boats and started crewing on a 42 ft smack called “Charlotte Ellen” aged 11. This is when I knew what I wanted to do but didn't realise there was anything out there to help me do it and I spoke to my teachers at school, they looked at me rather baffled. So I spoke to some old sailors in Tollesbury and asked if they knew anyone, they mentioned TS Rigging in Maldon. I finished my exams at school and left as fast as I
could to begin work in an old boatyard and learn the trade of traditional and modern rigging. I was then taken on as an apprentice by the foundation and I didn’t realise then the incredible places it would take me and the great people I would meet.
During my time I’ve learnt key rig access, and spent many hours working at height aboard the Cutty Sark and other vessels, as well as the core fundamentals of boatbuilding around the yard including traditional wooden block making and steaming mast hoops as well as the rigging side of things such as serving, knots, taluriting and splicing in the rigging shed.
The Heritage Marine Foundation which is the charitable arm of both TS Rigging Ltd and Heritage Marine Ltd, have helped me achieve my STCW 95 certificates, VHF licence, my Seaman's discharge book and start to build of sea miles to gain my commercial yachtmaster certificate. Because of them I have delivered an Oyster 625 to Palma, I sail as relief mate on Sailing Barge Victor, and recently sailed as Bosun on Sail training yacht Faramir from the UK, France then to Belgium and back.
Because of these experiences I feel a lot more confident in myself and the decisions I make when sailing or working, for example I have my own boat “ Pelican” she is a 22ft gaff cutter which I sail on my own, I am going to enter Mersea week 2017 which will be my first racing experience as skipper in my own boat. After 2 years learning a trade and working in the boatyard, I feel comfortable in the rigging shop on my own managing and making orders whether that be modern yacht rigging or traditional. I also get to drive to different boatyards and marinas to do rigging, mainly yachts.
In the future I wish to get into the classic yacht scene as a deckhand or potentially mate and bring my woodworking and rigging skills while still being associated with the barges and smacks of the East Coast, I hope I never lose contact with my home roots and my traditional upbringing.”