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Up to £165

Voyage highlights

Celebrate the end of exam season with a voyage of self-discovery
Achieve your RYA Start Yachting certificate
Tick off the residential section of your DofE Gold Award
Develop your confidence and self-esteem while having fun!

Celebrate finishing your GCSEs with an experience like no other! This five-day, immersive sailing adventure is the perfect opportunity for you to build your confidence, resilience and life skills, while making new friends and exploring our ocean environment.

As a TSYT ‘Voyage of Exploration’ aboard our 55ft ketch, you do not require any prior sailing experience. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your confidence and self-esteem, while increasing your social and communication skills.

You can also use the voyage to achieve your RYA Start Yachting certificate and tick off the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Places you’ll visit

You’ll sail through the Solent and along the South coast, possibly including sailing along the stunning Jurassic coastline. Be sure to pack your camera as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales along the way.

Likely stopovers include CowesPoole  and Weymouth.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

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

Throughout the week, you’ll experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safe onboard.  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 – from looking after the Ketch to cooking and cleaning.

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


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 DofE Gold Residential 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 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.​

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