Start date: 17/04/2022

End date: 24/04/2022

Voyage code: CF628

Vessel: Challenger      

Nights: Seven

Age: 16-25

Start port: Portsmouth

End port: Portsmouth

Bursary: Up to £237 - apply for a bursary

Passport: Yes

DofE: Yes

Price: £795



Start date and time: Sunday 17 April 2022 13:00 BST

End date and time: Sunday 24 April 2022 10:00 BST

Voyage Highlights

  • Sail across the English Channel — the world’s busiest shipping area
  • You may experience the exhilarating Alderney Race in which the tides can run at over 10 knots!
  • Build sea-miles and achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification
  • Explore the beautiful architecture and history of the old walled city of St Malo
  • No sailing experience necessary

Join us on this eight-day voyage from Portsmouth to St Malo and back. Meet like-minded individuals – aged from 16 to 25 and learn new skills, gain increased confidence and create lifelong memories.

Whether you’re a keen sailor or a complete novice this Easter sailing adventure offers you the chance to challenge yourself and have fun! You can also achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification and tick off the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Places you’ll visit

The beginning or end of your voyage may include stopovers along the South Coast such as Cowes, Yarmouth, Poole, Weymouth, or even Brixham.  On the other side of the Channel, you might stop at Cherbourg, Alderney or Guernsey as well as St Malo.

On arrival in St Malo you’ll have the opportunity to explore the glorious walled historic French port with its narrow cobbled streets and selection of small shops, cafés and restaurants.

The tidal range in St Malo can be more than 12 metres and at low tide tourists take advantage of its wide expanse of beach to appreciate the beautiful architecture on one side and the glorious sea on the other.

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 offshore sailing (out of sight of land). This voyage is a great opportunity to escape from it all, build your confidence and widen your sailing experience.

Further information

The Skipper will determine the final route depending on weather and other variables.

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.

The cost of your RYA Competent Crew certificate is included in the price.

RYA logbooks are available for purchase onboard at a cost of £6 (Skippers are only able to take cash for this).

Passport and Covid restrictions

You’ll need to present a valid passport at the start of the voyage.

In addition, you must adhere to the French travel restrictions and meet the country’s entry requirements in relation to Covid-19 (see links below for full details, which are updated regularly).

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:


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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.