We are the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity, having sailed over two million nautical miles with over 110,000 trainees over the last 60 years.

We were founded in 1956 as the Sail Training Association (STA). ten years later our first ship, the Sir Winston Churchill was launched, followed by the Malcolm Miller a year later. For the next two decades, the Schooners sailed around the world supporting over 40,000 young people.

Due to the success of the Schooners, two new Brigs were commissioned and, at the turn of the millenium, we became the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Since then, we have bought four BT CHallenger Yachts, a Catamaran and a Ketch and broadened our capability into supporting disabled young people too.

Having recently sold the two Brigs, we are now turning towards the future and making plans to increase out sea-going capacity yet further.

We continue to dedicate ourselves to enabling young people, aged 12 to 25, to fulfill their life potential through experiences at sea and by breaking down the barriers they face.

1956

It all began!

The Tall Ships Youth Trust (then called the Sail Training Association) was founded to run the Tall Ships Races.

1966

The Sir Winston Churchill, a 37 meter schooner, was launched after a group of young people sailed across the Atlantic as part of the Tall Ships Race and were determined Great Britain should have their own Tall Ship.

1968

The Sir Winston Churchill’s sister ship, the Malcolm Miller, was launched after the Daily Express led a huge national campaign to raise the funds needed to build her.

1968 - 2000

The two Schooners sailed the globe offering thousands of young people the experience of a lifetime and attracting admiring glances from ports near and far.

2000

We said goodbye to the Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller as they completed their final voyage with the Trust and made way for a new 72 meter Brig, Stavros S. Niarchos.

2001

Having waved goodbye to the Schooners the year before, we celebrated their long and valuable service at a huge ‘Farewell to the Schooners’ party. Later in the year,  a second Brig was commissioned and the name ‘Prince William’ was announced as she sailed up the Thames on St George’s day before arriving in London for her first reception.

2003

At an AGM on the 1st August 2003, Members of the Sail Training Association voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new name for the charity - Tall Ships Youth Trust. It was felt that the new name would better describe the charity’s work to external audiences and help to raise more funds as a result.

2008

We said a fond farewell to Prince William and welcomed four 72ft round the world racing yachts to the fleet. This enabled up to diversify, attract a new audience and expand our work with young people.

2009

A very generous benefactor donated the Tall Ships Cat, a 62ft Catamaran. This allowed us to reduce the lower age limit to 12 and offer more opportunities for disabled people to come along.

2014

Tenacity of Bolton, a 60ft Ketch, was built by Bolton School and gifted to us to provide the perfect sail training environment for young people.

2017

We waved goodbye to the Brig, Stavros S. Niarchos to improve our financial stability and focus on supporting as many young people as possible with our fleet.

Today

Our aims remain the same as they always have been - to support the personal development of young people from all walks of life through the crewing of ocean going vessels. All the yachts in our fleet sail all year round offering a broad range of voyages from day sails to transatlantic crossings, there’s something for everyone.