The Spirit of Britannia

We take our name and inspiration from King Edward VII’s & his son King George V’s racing yacht Britannia that was built in 1893 and laid to rest in St Catherine’s Deep in 1936 upon the death of King George V. She was a remarkable yacht, both in her design and for creating the “Spirit of Britannia” through the manner with which she was sailed, capturing the essence of our sail-racing heritage.

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"King George's affection for Britannia was boundless. He loved the ship as only a sailor can; he enjoyed winning, but was a splendid loser. He never grumbled...no yachtsman was more kind & thoughtful for his crew than His Majesty." ('The Kings' Britannia' by John Irving)
Our mission is to recapture the Spirit of Britannia through a charitable programme of personal development, education, heritage and restoration in order to help people who have become disengaged from society.

The History of Britannia

The Yacht Britannia was a remarkable sailing yacht, built by Henderson’s on the Clyde in 1893 for Queen Victoria’s son Albert Edward, then Prince of Wales. She served him and his son, King George V, with a successful yachting and racing career which spanned over 40 years until her end in 1936 when she was scuttled off the Isle of Wight.

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The Britannia Trust

The Trust’s vision is to recapture the Spirit of Britannia through a charitable programme of seamanship, education and restoration that embodies our values as a seafaring nation. There are 3 linked programmes in our strategy:

Personal DevelopmentHeritageRestoration