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Up to £180

Voyage highlights

Explore some of Scotland's most beautiful island locations!
Learn the fundamentals of sail training onboard a world-famous 72ft Challenger yacht
Passage includes the Firth of Clyde, Isle of Arran, Kyles of Bute and more
Build valuable life skills alongside like-minded individuals
Achieve your RYA start yachting qualification and work towards your DofE Gold Award

Join us on a five-day voyage, exploring some of the most idyllic island beauty spots the west coast of Scotland has to offer!

Starting and finishing in Greenock, beginner sailors aged 16-25 can learn the fundamentals of sail training onboard one of our iconic 72ft Challenger yachts.

As a TSYT ‘Voyage of Exploration’, you’ll mostly be sailing during the day in inshore/coastal waters but there may also be opportunities to enjoy some night sailing.

You’ll have the opportunity to build positive relationships with like-minded individuals aged 16-25, improve your social and communication skills and practice the five steps to wellbeing/vitamin sea.

You’ll come away from this voyage feeling more able to manage your feelings, with increased confidence and self-esteem. You can also complete the RYA Start Yachting course, the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and the Youth Scotland Dynamic Youth Award, if this applies to you.

Places you'll visit

Setting sail from Greenock, you’ll explore the Firth of Clyde with possible anchorages in Holy Loch and either Lamlash or Loch Ranza on the Isle of Arran.

You’ll also get the chance to explore ashore in either Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula or perhaps the picturesque Tarbert Harbour, as well as the stunning Kyles of Bute before returning to Greenock.​

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. Self-esteem. New friendships.

Throughout the week, you’ll experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safeonboard. 

Most of the sailing will take place during the day but if conditions permit, you’ll also get to do some night sailing. 

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 our ketch from deckwork to cooking and cleaning. 

Each crew member will receive a personal assessment covering their leadership, teamwork and communicationskills.  


You’ll get the chance to complete your RYA Start Yachting qualification while you’re onboard.

The cost of your RYA Start Yachting 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.​​​

Youth Scotland Award

Young people from Scotland joining one of our voyages from Greenock can also use the residential to achieve the Youth Scotland Dynamic Youth Award.

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.​

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



Vessel Details

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Challenger Handbook