Start Date: 01/05/2022

End Date: 07/05/2022

Voyage code: CF631

Vessel: Challenger 

Nights: Six

Age: 18-80

Start Port: Belfast

End Port: Portsmouth

Bursary: Up to £218 - apply for a bursary (under 25s)

Passport: Yes

DofE: Yes

Price: £699

Start date and time: Sunday 1 May, 13:00 BST

End date and time: Saturday 7 May, 10:00 BST


  • Brave the Irish Sea on this challenging sailing adventure
  • Learn the fundamentals of sailing
  • Build miles and work towards your next RYA qualification
  • Experience sailing off the stunning Cornish and Jurassic coasts
  • Create lifelong memories, make friends and have fun!

This seven-day voyage from Belfast to Portsmouth is not for the faint-hearted! You don’t need any prior sailing experience just a thirst for adventure and a can-do attitude for physical and mental challenges.

You’ll meet like-minded individuals – aged from 18 – 80 - who you’ll quickly bond together with to form one crew.

Plus, you’ll be supporting our life-changing youth development work. Proceeds from our adult voyages support our charity’s vital work with young people aged 12-25.

Places you’ll visit

Likely stopovers include the Isle of Man, affectionately referred to as the ‘jewel of the Irish Sea, Holyhead, a major Irish Sea port in Wales and Falmouth on the stunning Cornish coast.

As you journey past the stunning  Cornish and Jurassic coasts be sure to have your camera to hand, as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales.

On a clear day, you could also spot several picturesque lighthouses including Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, Ireland — the oldest operational lighthouse in the world! As well as Bishop Rock in the Isles of Scilly and Eddystone in Cornwall.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Memories.

Throughout the week, you’ll experience steering a yachtnight sailing, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safe onboard.

We divide the crew into two teams (watches) – traditionally, known as Port and Starboard. In your watches, you’ll take it in turns to be involved in all aspects of sailing the Challenger from looking after her to cooking and cleaning.

You’ll also experience sailing ‘out of sight of land’ — a great opportunity to escape from it all and to build your confidence as a sailor.

Further information

There’s a possibility you could be recommended by the Skipper to come back and volunteer as a Watch Assistant or Watch Leader for future Tall Ships Youth Trust voyages.

Meals onboard are included.

Passport and Covid restrictions

The Skipper will determine the route depending on weather and conditions. However, as the voyage may need to include stops in southern Ireland, you need to travel with a valid passport and be fully vaccinated. 

For more information on government travel guidance/requirements in relation to Covid-19, select the below links. Details in relation to our own Covid-19 sailing processes can be read here. Further information will also be included in an email with your joining instructions closer to your voyage date. 

Government travel guidance for:


Ireland entry requirements and government guidance on international travel 

Duke of Edinburgh

All our voyages of four nights or more qualify for the DofE Gold Residential award. Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you want to use the voyage for this.


Book with confidence

If you or the person you’re booking for, is unable to take part in this voyage due to any of the following:

  • The area you’re travelling from, or to, has issued a COVID travel ban
  • You test positive for coronavirus (and can supply proof)
  • You’re asked to self-isolate (and can supply proof)

We’ll offer you a credit that can be used as payment, or part payment, for a future reservation booked within six months from the date of cancellation. For more information, please contact: [email protected]

See our full conditions of booking for our T&Cs.