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Competent Crew

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Up to £185

Voyage highlights

Set sail with TSYT on the first leg of our Round Britain tour!
Learn the fundamentals of sailing and have fun
Achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification
Make new friends and create lifelong memories
No sailing experience necessary

Reward the young person in your life with a summer holiday adventure to remember — sailing a 72ft Challenger yacht on the first leg of our Round Britain tour!

This six-day voyage from Portsmouth to Plymouth is a great experience for your 12-15-year-old, where they’ll learn new skillsgain increased confidence and create lifelong memories.

They can also use the voyage to improve their sailing expertise and work towards achieving their RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew qualification depending on their experience.



Places you’ll visit

You’ll sail the Solent and then along the stunning Jurassic and South coasts. Be sure to pack your camera as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales along the way.

Likely stopovers include Weymouth, one of the most popular sailing destinations on the South Coast and famous for the Dorset apple cake. You might also visit the busy Devon fishing town of Brixham where if time allows, you can explore its fish markets and renowned seafood.

The voyage ends in Plymouth, where we recommend before heading home you take some time to explore this vibrant city known as  ‘Britain’s Ocean City’. Visit Plymouth is packed full of ideas for places to see including its recommended ‘highlights’ for touring Plymouth in just four hours!

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Memories.

Throughout the voyage, you’ll experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safe onboard. If conditions permit, you may also get to anchor offshore overnight or 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 the Challenger from looking after her to cooking and cleaning.

After a day at sea, most evenings will be spent covering theory, playing games, relaxing and socialising, or you may have the chance to go ashore. All crew members are accompanied by an adult when ashore.

At the end of your voyage, you’ll receive a personal assessment appraising your leadership, teamwork and communication skills — a great addition to your record of achievement.

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.

The cost of the 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).

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.

TS Challenger Current Navy 1



Vessel Details

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Challenger Handbook