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Voyage highlights

Embark on an exciting adventure along the stunning south coast this spring, exploring beautiful landscapes
Build greater independence and get a taste of leadership
Create lifelong memories and forge new friendships with fellow adventurers
Achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification
Open to previous TSYT voyagers and those with prior sailing or outdoor learning experience

Want to take your sailing skills to the next level? Embark on a five-night Voyage of Empowerment from Portsmouth to Plymouth with Tall Ships Youth Trust. 

This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself onboard one of our iconic 72ft Challenger yachts, while setting personal goals, building your skills and embracing responsibility onboard. 

Together with like-minded individuals aged from 16-25 you’ll develop life skills, gain increased confidence and build resilience as well as making lifelong memories.  

Throughout the trip onboard our challenger vessel, you’ll work towards achieving your RYA Competent Crew qualification. You can also use the voyage to complete the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  

To participate in our ‘Voyage of Empowerment’ you should have some sailing experience or have a similar residential experience in other outdoor and adventure activities. 

Places you’ll visit

Leaving Portsmouth, your voyage will take you along the south coast into the west country.  As an Empowerment voyage, your experiences will take on longer passages, overnight voyaging and challenging sailing.  Possible stopovers may include Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, Poole, Weymouth, Brixham, Dartmouth and Salcombe before the voyage ends in Plymouth. 

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

Life skills. Increased confidence. Problem solving and Decision Making. Independence. Resilience. Lasting memories.  

For those who have not sailed with us before, you’ll experience life in a watch system, two teams 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. 

Throughout the week, you’ll develop your sailing skills to the next level through extended passages, offshore sailing and taking more responsibility with your team.  As part of your Empowerment experience, you’ll also take time to consider your aspirations, set goals and work towards them each day. 

Each of our voyages engage with our ocean environment, taking part in activities building understanding around our oceans and how to positively impact on our environment and our communities. 

Each crew member will receive a personal assessment covering their leadership, teamwork and communication skills — a great addition to your CV! 


During this voyage, you will work towards achieving your RYA Competent Crew certificate. 

The RYA Competent Crew syllabus includes: 

  • Sea terms and parts of a boat, rigging and sails 
  • Sail handling 
  • Ropework 
  • Fire precautions and fighting 
  • 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 onboard at a cost of £6 (Skippers are only able to take cash for this). 

Duke of Edinburgh

All 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 other variables.  

Following your voyage with us, there’s a possibility you could be recommended by the Skipper to come back and volunteer as a Watch Leader or Youth Mentor for future Tall Ships Youth Trust voyages.  If you are interested in pursuing this, you can speak to your skipper at the start of the voyage as well. 


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

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



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Challenger Handbook


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