Start date: 23/08/2021

End date: 28/08/2021

Voyage code: EV022D

Vessel: Challenger Yachts

Nights: 5

Age: 16 to 25

Start Port: Portsmouth

End Port: Portsmouth

Grade: 2

Passport: No

DofE: Yes

Price: £559



Voyage Highlights

Explore the South Coast, learn to sail and work towards your RYA Competent Crew qualification on this 5 night voyage.

You will learn the fundamental aspects of sailing whilst working towards your RYA Competent Crew qualification. This is a great introduction to cruising and will teach you about personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

The syllabus includes:

  • Sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies

You may have the opportunity to sail along the Jurassic Coast to Poole, Weymouth and Portland or across the Solent to Cowes or Yarmouth. This route will be planned at the beginning of the week and reviewed each day depending on the weather conditions and time available.

The first day will include meet and greet followed by a safety briefing before setting the sails and heading out into the Solent. You will then begin to learn basic sailing techniques and experience man overboard practice. The evening will be spent alongside where you will have the traditional Tall Ships’ fajitas dinner.

Throughout the week, you will be involved in all aspects of sailing the yacht from looking after the boat to cooking and cleaning. After a day at sea most evenings will be spent covering theory, relaxing and socialising or you may have the chance to go ashore.

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

Whilst every effort will be made to deliver the above voyage content sometimes, due to weather and crew’s ability, the content may need to change. Please see below for our full Conditions of Booking.

Did you know by sailing with Tall Ships you will be supporting vulnerable young people from all over the UK? Proceeds from these voyages help to fund our charity's highly effective Youth Work, which offers an adrenaline-charged catalyst for change in those aged 12 to 25. This isn’t just a sailing experience, it is an exhilarating, big-hearted, philanthropic journey.

Further Information

Passport – Where passport required is indicated, the voyage will start and/or finish abroad or a UK based voyage will aim to visit abroad.

D of E – All of our voyages of 4 nights or more qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential section. Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you want to use to use the voyage for the residential section.

RYA Competent Crew - This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines.