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Up to £270 (under 25s)

Voyage highlights

Experience sailing through the Irish Sea and then along the Cornish and Jurassic coasts
Build sea miles and learn the fundamentals of sailing onboard a 72ft Challenger!
Previous sailing experience is preferred but not essential

Join us on this eight-day voyage from Liverpool’s Albert Dock to Gunwharf Quays Marina in Portsmouth.

You’ll meet with like-minded individuals – aged from 18 – 65* and learn the fundamentals of sailing while creating lifelong memories and having fun!

This voyage is aimed at those who already have some previous sailing experience, and will prove especially rewarding if you’re physically fit, resilient and enjoy a challenge!

Throughout the voyage you’ll  cover approximately 500 nautical miles, making this a great opportunity to build up your sea miles and expand your sailing experience.

Your participation in this sailing adventure will help support our life-changing youth development work. Proceeds from our adult voyages fund our charity’s vital youth work with young people aged 12-25.

*You may still be able to join this voyage if you are over the age of 65. Please get in touch if this is the case so we can complete an individual assessment.

Places you'll visit

The journey from Liverpool will take you south via Ireland for a pint of Guinness, through the Irish Sea, round Land’s End and east down the English Channel.

Possible stopovers include Dublin, Falmouth, Poole, Yarmouth or Cowes.

Be sure to pack your camera for your journey south through the Irish Sea and past the stunning Cornish coast, as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales.

On a clear day, you could also spot several picturesque lighthouses, including the Eddystone lighthouse, south of Plymouth, the first one built in 1698 was built of wood and was the first offshore lighthouse in the world.

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 plenty of offshore sailing and ‘out of sight of land’ — a great opportunity to escape from it all and to build your confidence as a sailor.


You’ll hopefully get the chance to complete the RYA Start Yachting course (or the RYA Competent Crew course if conditions allow) while you’re onboard.

The cost of your RYA 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).

Duke of Edinburgh

All our voyages of four nights or more qualify for the residential section of the DofE Gold Award. Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you want to use the voyage for this.


Further information

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

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.


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

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