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Age range


Start port

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

End port

Santa Cruz, Tenerife






Competent Crew

Voyage code



Up to £290 (under 25s)

Voyage highlights

Escape to the stunning Canary Islands this winter
Experience exhilarating offshore ocean sailing between diverse coastlines
Bring your aspirations and overcome challenges as a team
Set meaningful goals and take responsibility in a unique outdoor learning environment
Previous sailing experience is essential

This voyage is ideal for young people aged 16 to 25 looking for their next sailing adventure, out of UK waters.

This eight-night island-hopping voyage between the Canary Islands, gateway to the Atlantic Ocean provides an empowering adventure, which will start and end in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.

With 4.5 hours’ flying time from London, Tenerife is central to the Canary Islands, a group of volcanic islands off the West coast of Morocco and Western Sahara.

The islands are situated in the Atlantic Ocean and have a subtropical climate all-year-round. Between November and February, the weather is mainly sunny and warm, with temperatures rarely dipping below 18 degrees and sea temperatures of around 22 degrees.

On board, you’ll meet like-minded individuals aged 16-25. You’ll join together as one crew, living and working on board, while spending full days sailing on board our Challenger yacht.

Sailing around the Canary Islands brings you to a new and challenging sailing environment, with exhilarating voyaging between the varied coastlines and landscapes of the islands, which have long been enjoyed by sailors for their stronger winds in the acceleration zones in between.

Places you’ll visit

The Canary Islands are all geographically unique due to their position in the Atlantic and their volcanic origins. Home to a diverse range of landscapes and terrains, you’ll have the opportunity to discover sand dunes, rock formations, lava beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes, and caves, which can be explored at your leisure, on the days not spent at sea.

There are at least 50 nautical miles of stunning sailing between the islands, so after each full day’s sailing, you’ll most likely have a free day to make the most of these remarkable islands.

Possible stopovers include La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro to the west, or Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote to the east. You may also stop at other ports on the south-west side of Tenerife, where you can visit its famous volcano and popular national park, Mount Teide, which has a summit at 3,718 metres above sea level, making it the highest point in Spain.

After the Challenger returns to Tenerife, the boat will undergo checks and preparation in readiness for the next island-hopping youth adventure taking place from Saturday 14 December. So, if you fancy an extended stay in the Canaries, click here for more details.

If you’re interested in more than one Canary Islands voyage, you can take advantage of our exclusive bundle offering. Contact our Reservations Team for more information:

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Problem Solving.  Ocean Sustainability. Friendships. Adventure sailing.

On board and ashore there will be plenty of opportunities to explore and capture memories, so be sure to pack your camera and decent walking shoes for time ashore! In addition to the stunning views, you may also spot marine wildlife such as, dolphins, seals and fin whales.

This Canary Islands Adventure requires full involvement from our youth crew. Over the course of the trip, you’ll step up your sailing experience with extended days’ sailing, crewing the vessel as it passes through the challenging island acceleration zones.

Our crews get involved in every aspect of running the vessel, so expect to be working in a watch system and taking your turn at helming, sail handling, cooking and cleaning throughout your adventure.

Further information

Once we receive your booking, we’ll need to review all of the information you’ve provided including your medical history and sailing experience, and so your voyage will not be confirmed until you’ve received an email accepting your booking. Please do not book any travel for the trip prior to receiving this email.

Early bird prices: If you book onto this voyage before Thursday 29 February 2024, you will be eligible to receive a 15% discount off the full price of the voyage, reducing the cost to £935. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

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

For this voyage, we recommend you pack shorts and t-shirts as well as warmer clothes, as it can get feel cooler while sailing and in the evenings.

Your Skipper can recommend you for our volunteer programme, if they feel you have the skills and attributes that we’re looking for. You can discuss this with them during your voyage if this is something you’d be interested in.

All meals on board are included.


You’ll hopefully get the chance to complete the RYA Competent Crew course while you’re on board.

The RYA Competent Crew syllabus includes:

  • Sea terms and parts of a boat, rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire safety and precautions
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the ‘road’ (at sea)
  • Dinghies

The cost of your RYA Competent Crew certificate is included in the price.

RYA logbooks are available for purchase on board at a cost of £6 (Skippers are only able to take cash for this).

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

All our voyages of four nights or more qualify for residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.

Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you’d like to use the voyage for this.


You’ll be asked to enter your passport details as part of the booking process. If you don’t have these to hand, please contact us as soon as possible after submitting your booking form to let us know your details, as we cannot accept your booking without this information.

You will also need to present your valid passport to the Skipper at the start of the voyage.

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



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