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Age range


Start port

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

End port






Voyage code



Up to £300 (under 25s)

Voyage highlights

Deep sea challenge with welcome winter sun!
Experience some serious offshore sailing and build your sea miles
Your participation in this voyage will directly benefit our vital work with young people aged 12-25
Previous sailing experience is preferred but not essential

This 20-night voyage from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Portsmouth, is the perfect winter getaway for those in search of an adventure and sunny ocean sailing!

Together with like-minded individuals aged 18-65, you’ll spend full days sailing onboard one of our iconic Challenger yachts and will quickly bond and work alongside one another as one crew.

This experience is best suited to those who enjoy a physical challenge, are resilient and used to living in close quarters with their fellow crew.

As well as providing you with an unforgettable adventure, you will be directly supporting our life-changing youth development work. As proceeds from our adult voyages boost our charity’s vital work with young people aged 12-25.

Places you'll visit

If the weather is favourable, we’ll sail back via Portugal’s Azores. The islands are characterised by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages and green pastures. A stopover in Ponta Delgada is also a possibility.

As you get closer to the English Channel you may stop overnight in Falmouth, Brixham or other ports along the South Coast before arriving back in Portsmouth on Wednesday 1 February.

Takeaways from your sailing adventure

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Winter sun!

Onboard and ashore there will be plenty of opportunities to explore and capture memories, so be sure to pack your camera! In addition, to the stunning land and seascapes, you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales.

Over the course of the trip, you’ll experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, as well as learning how to keep safe onboard.

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.​

Further information

Once we receive your booking, we’ll arrange a call back from our Reservations team to discuss and check your eligibility for this voyage. Please do not book any travel for this trip prior to this.

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.

Duke of Edinburgh

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.

Passport and Covid restrictions


You’ll need to present a valid passport at the start of the voyage.

Covid restrictions

You must adhere to any travel restrictions and meet the stopover and destination countries’ entry requirements in relation to Covid-19 (see links below for full details. These are regularly updated and we strongly advise you check at the time of booking and again before travelling).

Our own Covid-19 sailing processes can be read here. Further information is also included with your joining instructions (sent via email) closer to your voyage date.

Government travel guidance for:


Spain and the Canary Islands


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.

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Vessel Details

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Challenger Handbook