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Skipper and Mate roles available

By Kate Stewart - July 22nd, 2022 | Posted in News No comments

ARE you an experienced sailor who wants to give back AND get paid for it?

Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) is looking for freelance Skippers and Mates to sail onboard its 72ft Challenger yachts and 55ft ketch this summer!

The Portsmouth-based organisation is the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sail training charity. With a focus on working with youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, the charity has been providing young people with life-changing experiences at sea for 66 years.

TSYT’s four Challenger yachts were built in 2000 and are famous for having raced twice round the world as part of the Global Challenge races.

The charity is currently recruiting qualified Skippers and Mates to help deliver its vital youth development voyage programme over the summer and beyond.

TSYT Skipper, Jim Prendergast said: “TSYT is a great charity to work for, I enjoy making a difference to young people’s lives and introducing the next generation to sailing.

“I enjoy the family atmosphere of working with other sailing staff and sailing onboard the Challenger yachts, which are large, robust and challenging.”

TSYT also has opportunities for volunteer Skippers and Mates to join the team!

May Forgan, volunteer Mate, said: “I first sailed with TSYT as a young person onboard a voyage and worked my way up to Mate.

“I enjoy working with the young people, seeing them step out of their comfort zones and observing the difference just one voyage can make.”


  • Yachtmaster Offshore (with Commercial Endorsement)
  • ENG1 (preferred) or ML5
  • RYA First Aid (with Cat C) or a similar MCA approved First Aid
  • VHF Radio License

Successful applicants will also need to be DBS checked.

If you’re interested and have availability from August 2022, please email your CV to to apply.


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