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Voyage highlights

Ideal starter voyage sailing on board a 72ft Challenger yacht
Experience new adventures, make new friends and develop life skills
No sailing experience necessary
Achieve your RYA Start Yachting certificate

Set sail on this five-day Exploration Voyage along the south coast with Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT).  

Together with like-minded individuals, step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself sailing on board an iconic 72ft Challenger yacht.   

To join a TSYT ‘Voyage of Exploration’ you do not require any prior sailing experience as this is the first stage of our three-voyage journey of Exploration, Empowerment and Leadership.  

Throughout the adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to learnnew skills whiledeveloping your confidenceand self-esteem and building your social and communication skills. 

You can use the voyage to achieve yourRYA Start Yachtingcertificate: the first step on your sailing qualifications journey.   

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 and seals along the way.   

Likely stopovers includeCowes, Poole andWeymouth, with time to explore ashore. 

Takeaways from your sailing adventure 

New skills. Increased confidence and self-esteem. New friendships.  

Throughout the week, you’ll experiencehelming a yacht, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safeonboard. Ifconditions permit, you’ll also get to do somenight sailing too.  

We divide the crew into two teams (watches) – traditionally, known as Port and Starboard. In your watches, you’ll take turns to be involved in all aspects of sailing the Challenger from deck duties and maintenance tocookingandcleaning.  

Each crew member will receive apersonal assessmentcovering theirleadership,teamworkandcommunicationskills— a great addition to your CV.


You’ll get the chance to work through the RYA Start Yachting course while you’re on board. 

The RYA Start Yachting syllabus includes: 

  • Sea terms and parts of a boat, rigging and sails 
  • Sail handling 
  • Ropework 
  • Personal safety equipment 
  • Man-overboard recovery 
  • Clothing and emergency equipment 
  • Rules of the ‘road’ (at sea) 

The cost of yourRYA Start Yachtingcertificate is included in the price. 

RYA logbooks are available for purchase on board 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.  

All meals on board are included.  

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



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