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Competent Crew

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Up to £210

Voyage highlights

Sail across the English Channel — the world’s busiest shipping area
You may experience the exhilarating Alderney Race in which the tides can run at over 10 knots!
Discover the quiet charm and natural beauty of the Channel Islands
Build sea-miles and work towards your next RYA qualification
No sailing experience necessary

Join us on this six-day voyage from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands and back.

Meet like-minded individuals aged from 16 to 25, and learn new skills, gain increased confidence and create lifelong memories.

Whether you’re a keen sailor or a complete novice this summer sailing adventure offers you the chance to challenge yourself and have fun!

You can also achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification and tick off the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, if this applies to you.

Places you'll visit

The beginning or end of your voyage may include stopovers along the South Coast such as Cowes, Yarmouth, Poole and Weymouth. Depending on the weather conditions, we may sail to Alderney, Sark or Guernsey in the Channel Islands. There could also be the opportunity to visit Cherbourg in France.

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 (out of sight of land). This voyage is a great opportunity to escape from it all, build your confidence and widen your sailing experience.

And if all this isn’t enough… We want you to know, that our adult sailing experiences give you an exhilarating journey that directly enables more young people to benefit from our transformational youth development programme.


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 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.

Passport and Covid restrictions


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

Covid restrictions

You must adhere to the Channel Islands and French travel restrictions and meet the country’s entry requirements in relation to Covid-19 (see links below for full details. These are regularly updated and we advise you check at the time of booking and again before travelling).

Our own Covid-19 sailing processes can be read here. Further information is also included with your joining instructions (sent via email) closer to your voyage date.

Government travel guidance for:


Channel Islands Direct – Coronavirus Policy

Travelling to Jersey

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Book with confidence

If you or the person you’re booking for, is unable to take part in this voyage due to any of the following:

  • The area you’re travelling from, or to, has issued a COVID travel ban
  • You test positive for coronavirus (and can supply proof)
  • You’re asked to self-isolate (and can supply proof)

We’ll offer you a credit that can be used as payment, or part payment, for a future reservation booked within six months from the date of cancellation. For more information, please contact:

See our full conditions of booking for our T&Cs.

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