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Competent Crew

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Up to £210 (under 25s)

Voyage highlights

Sail across the English Channel — the world’s busiest shipping area
Discover the quiet charm and natural beauty of the Channel Islands
Your participation in this voyage will directly benefit our vital youth work with young people aged 12-25
No sailing experience necessary

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

Meet like-minded individuals aged from 18 to 80, and learn new skills, gain increased confidence and create lifelong memories.

Whether you’re a keen sailor or a complete novice this voyage 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

Once you arrive and get your bearings on the boat, the aim will be to leave straight away and experience exhilarating overnight sailing to arrive in the Channel Islands the following morning.

Depending on the weather conditions, we may sail to Alderney, Sark or Guernsey, the final route will be determined by the Skipper. Providing conditions allow, you should have plenty of time to explore these fascinating islands before setting the sails again to head back to Gunwharf Quays.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Memories.

Throughout the voyage, 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.

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.


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

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



Vessel Details

handbook challenger


Challenger Handbook


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