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TSYT’s Round Britain Tour is heading to Newcastle’s Royal Quays Marina

By Kate Stewart - September 8th, 2022 | Posted in News No comments

Edit: Friday 9 September 2022

Following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, this open event will still go ahead, respectfully.

We recognise that in this time of great sadness, which impacts our whole community, for many people, it can be comforting to come together at events and reflect on the Queen’s long reign and service.

The Royal Family has always been incredibly supportive of sail training and we’re extremely grateful for the support Tall Ships Youth Trust has received from our Royal Patrons over the past 66 years.

Tomorrow’s open event is a chance for local community members and organisations to meet with TSYT CEO, Alastair Floyd, staff and volunteers, onboard our Challenger 4 and find out more about our vital youth development work.

If you have any queries relating to this open event, please email:

Challenger 4 at RQM Helen CowanTHE UK’s largest youth development sail training charity, Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT), is inviting people to take a tour onboard its iconic 72ft Challenger 4 yacht at Royal Quays Marina in North Shields this Saturday (10th).

The open event is part of the charity’s sixth leg of its Round Britain Adventure, which started in July from Portsmouth. Eighty young people aged 12-25, are benefitting from a voyage onboard the Challenger as it circumnavigates the British coastline stopping at eight different ports to offer youngsters from across the country this once in a lifetime experience.

TSYT, which is based in Portsmouth has been operating as a youth sail training charity for 66 years. It has a focus on working with youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds and helps young people to realise their full potential living and working onboard its unique and challenging residential voyages.

This is the first time since 2019 that TSYT has been able to run the Round Britain tour.

Alastair Floyd, CEO of TSYT, said: “The pandemic stopped us from running this fantastic tour but not anymore! It’s been great to offer young people the opportunity to sail from one part of the country to another and experience different sailing and living environments. It’s also helped us to spread the word about our work with open events in Whitehaven and Greenock and now Newcastle. Our last event will be in Ipswich on Saturday 17 September.

“I look forward to meeting with residents and organisations in North Shields on Saturday, when we’ll be able to show you around our Challenger and share more about the vital youth development work we do.”

The open event will be held between 10am and 1pm at Royal Quays Marina on Saturday. Challenger 4 is one of four Challengers owned by TSYT, which were all built in 2000 and are famous for having raced twice round the world, as part of the Global Challenge races.

If you have any queries relating to the open event, please email:

Photo credit: Helen Cowan, Royal Quays Marina berth holder​

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