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Adventurous mile-builder voyage - Aim to build around 550 nautical miles, weather dependent.
Sail the Irish Sea and expand your sailing horizons
Learn from expert Skippers about passage making on board a 72ft Challenger
Open to all with experience equal to or above RYA Competent Crew

Are you ready for a Challenge?

Join us on this 11-day adventure voyage sailing down the Irish Sea. Sail from Greenock on the west coast of Scotland, down the Irish Sea, rounding Land’s End, before heading east to Portsmouth.

This trip is not for the faint hearted, previous sailing experience is needed and a minimum of RYA Competent Crew, you’ll be ready for a trip through the Irish Sea. This trip is aimed at anyone looking for a nautical adventure on a big boat and for RYA Day Skippers and aspiring Yachtmaster’s looking to build miles and sailing experience.

If you have thoughts of sailing offshore and maybe crossing the Atlantic, then this trip will give you a taste of longer passages with overnight sailing and a watch system, ultimately experiencing offshore passages from planning to execution.

Our Challengers are 72ft ocean-going steel yachts, constructed to withstand the Southern Ocean. Launched in 2000, they raced round the world in two editions of the BT Global Challenge, the route taking them against prevailing winds and currents, through some of the most challenging sailing conditions on the planet.

This means that our Challengers are the perfect for this type of voyage and will make it an exhilarating and unforgettable experience.

On board, you’ll join like-minded individuals aged from 18 to 65, all with different backgrounds and experience levels, and work together to crew the yacht.

In addition to your building your own skills and experience, you’ll be supporting our life-changing youth development work. Proceeds from our adult voyages support our charity’s vital work with young people aged 12-25 from across the UK.

Potential stopovers

During your passage, there may be opportunities to make port stops along the way. These could include Belfast, Dublin, Isle of Man, Waterford, Milford Haven, Falmouth, Plymouth, Dartmouth, Weymouth.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

Enhanced skills. Increased confidence. New challenges. Memories.

Throughout the week, you’ll learn and experience:
• Offshore passage sailing
• Helming a yacht
• Night sailing
• Sail handling
• Ropework
• Safety onboard

Each crew member will be assigned to a watch and the two watches will alternate taking responsibility for deck and domestic duties; keeping the yacht sailing efficiently, the crew fed and the boat clean.

This voyage is a great opportunity to build your confidence in more challenging waters and widen your sailing experience.

And if all this isn’t enough… We want you to know, that our adult sailing experiences give you an exhilarating journey that directly enables more young people to benefit from our transformational youth development programme.

Further information

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

If you share our values and are keen to do more, you may be able to support our vital work further by joining the TSYT Volunteer Crew.

Your Skipper can recommend you for our Watch Leader training programme if they feel you have the skills and attributes that we’re looking for.

All meals on board are included.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

All our 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.


You’ll be asked to enter your passport details as part of the booking process. If you don’t have these to hand, please contact us as soon as possible after submitting your booking form to let us know your details, as we cannot accept your booking without this information.

You will also need to present your valid passport to the Skipper at the start of the voyage.

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