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Voyage highlights

Explore the stunning coastlines and islands of Scotland
Visit the Firth of Clyde, Isle of Arran, Kyles of Bute and more
Learn the basics of sail training on board an iconic 72ft Challenger
Achieve your RYA Start Yachting certificate
Learn new skills and create lifelong memories alongside your peers

Join us on this five-day Exploration voyage, exploring some of the most picturesque island beauty spots the west coast of Scotland has to offer!

Starting and finishing in Greenock, beginner sailors aged 16 to 25 can learn the basics of sail on board one of TSYT’s 72ft Challenger yachts.

As a TSYT ‘Voyage of Exploration’, you’ll mostly be sailing during the day in inshore and coastal waters, but there may also be opportunities to enjoy some night sailing.

You’ll have the opportunity to build positive relationships with other young people aged 16 to 25, improve your social and communication skills and practice the five steps to wellbeing;

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

You’ll come away from the voyage feeling more able to manage your feelings, and with increased confidence and self-esteem.

In addition, you can complete the RYA Start Yachting course and achieve the Youth Scotland Dynamic Youth Award, if this applies to you.

Places you'll visit

Once you depart from Greenock, you’ll explore the Firth of Clyde with possible anchorages in Holy Loch, Lamlash or Loch Ranza on the Isle of Arran.

You’ll also get the chance to explore ashore, perhaps in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula or potentially the picturesque Tarbert Harbour, as well as navigating the stunning Kyles of Bute before returning to Greenock.

Takeaways from your voyage

New skills. Increased confidence. Self-esteem. New friendships.

Throughout the week, you’ll experiencesteering the yacht, sail handling, ropework, as well as learning how to keep safeon board.

Most of the sailing will take place during the day, but ifconditions permit, you’ll also get to do somenight sailing

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

Each crew member will receive apersonal assessmentcovering theirleadership, teamworkandcommunicationskills. 

Further information

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

If you’re keen to do more and develop your skills,  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.


You will get the chance to complete the RYA Start Yachting course while on board.

The cost of your RYA certificate 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).

Youth Sctoland Award

Young people from Scotland joining one of our voyages from Greenock can also use this residential opportunity to achieve the Youth Scotland Dynamic Youth Award.

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