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Up to £165

Voyage highlights

Start your Christmas break in style, exploring the stunning South Coast
Learn the fundamentals of sailing and have fun
Make new friends and create lifelong memories
No sailing experience necessary

Treat your 12-15-year-olds to an early Christmas present this year and give yourself the gift of relaxation, or time, to finish off your last-minute festive shopping. Sound good?

Then book your youngster on a four-night festive adventure sailing along the south coast with Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Throughout the trip onboard our 55ft ketch vessel, they’ll have the opportunity to work towards achieving their RYA Start Yachting Qualification.

As well as improving their skills, they’ll enjoy celebrating all things festive with a Christmas singalong and mince pies on offer!

Places you'll visit

You’ll sail through the Solent and then along the stunning south coast. Be sure to have your camera to hand, as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales. Likely stopovers include CowesPoole and Weymouth.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Memories.

You’ll learn:

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

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 ketch from looking after her to cooking and cleaning.

Each crew member will receive a personal assessment covering their leadershipteamwork and communication skills— a great addition to your personal record of achievement.


You may 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).

Further information

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

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.​

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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