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Watch Leader

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Voyage highlights

Develop and showcase your leadership abilities in a dynamic and challenging marine environment
Build your understanding of the RYA sailing theory, enhancing your navigation and seamanship skills
Work towards your RYA Watch Leader competencies and actively support the development of your crew
Engage in exciting maritime adventures while mastering the skills to plan, execute, and review voyages on our Challenger
Explore innovative ways for maritime professionals to protect and preserve the ocean environment

Are you aspiring to become a Skipper or considering a career in the maritime sector? Then join us for this Voyage of Leadership aboard our renowned 72ft Challenger yachts. 

Our Leadership Voyages promise an intense, adventurous journey that includes navigation, passage planning, leadership, and encounters with potentially demanding offshore and overnight sailing conditions. 

Due to the rigorous nature of these voyages, this challenging voyage along the south coast is perfect for seasoned sailors aged 16 to 25; individuals who have completed the previous phases of our three-voyage journey or the RYA Competent Crew course and looking to elevate their skills and emerge as true leaders.  If you have significant experience in the outdoors in residential and challenging settings this may be for you too! 

With a strong focus on personal growth and development, you’ll have the chance to work towards achieving your RYA Watch Leader certification, mastering the art of planning, executing, and reviewing activities and projects within a youth development voyage. 

Imagine navigating the open sea, leading a team, and making critical decisions in real-time. This is not just a voyage; it’s an adventure that will push your boundaries, enhance your leadership abilities, and instil a deep sense of camaraderie as you work alongside peers who share your passion for sailing. 

As part of your Leadership experience, you’ll be involved in ocean sustainability activities with your team, the focus for your trip will be decided onboard as a crew, planned and delivered during the voyage.  Our commitment to understanding ocean health and improving knowledge of our ocean environment is critical whilst onboard. 

To participate in this unforgettable experience, prior participation in a TSYT Voyage of Empowerment or a similar outdoor learning programme is required. 

If you have relevant skills and experience but have not yet completed a RYA Competent Crew course, there will be the opportunity to have this certificate awarded on the voyage. 

Set sail with us on this voyage and embark on a path toward a rewarding maritime career.  

Places you’ll visit

The beginning or end of your voyage may include stopovers on the Isle of Wight, in Cowes or Yarmouth, or in Weymouth or Poole along the south coast.

Depending on the weather conditions, we may sail to Alderney, Sark or Guernsey in the Channel Islands, or you may voyage along the South Coast.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

Navigation and passage planning. Team leadership. Challenging sailing. Training and mentoring. Personal development, goal setting and strategy building.

Throughout the week, you’ll cover essential safety drills before you take the helm to plan, prepare, execute and review different components of the voyage. 

You will take turns to lead the team in all aspects of sailing the yacht, from deck work to provisioning, cooking, cleaning and day-to-day maintenance.

This voyage is a great opportunity to make tangible progress towards achieving your goals, with time to reflect on your achievements and opportunities to learn about yourself as a leader and team player, and to develop the optimism, aspiration and expertise you need to influence your community as well as your own future. 

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


During your time on board, there’s the potential opportunity to fulfil some of the requirements for the RYA Watch Leader course. 

The RYA Watch Leader syllabus covers the following up to the standard required for taking charge of a watch at sea or in harbour. Designed specifically for sail training vessels it includes: 

  • Watchkeeping
  • Seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Safety 

RYA logbooks are available for purchase on board at a cost of £6 (Skippers are only able to take cash for this). 

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All voyages of four nights or more qualify for residential section of the DofE Gold Award. Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you want to use the voyage for this. 

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