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Competent Crew

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Up to £225

Voyage highlights

Have fun exploring the South Devon coastline
Tick off your DofE Gold Award residential section
Achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification
Make new friends and create lifelong memories
No sailing experience necessary

This August, join us on a seven-day voyage from Portsmouth and explore the beautiful Dorset and Devon coastlines.

Together with like-minded individuals aged 16-25, you’ll learn new skillsgain increased confidence and create lifelong memories.

Throughout the trip onboard our ketch vessel, you’ll work towards achieving your RYA Competent Crew qualification. You can also tick off the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

The RYA syllabus includes:

  • Sea terms and parts of a boat, rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the ‘road’ (at sea)
  • Dinghies
Places you'll visit

Likely stopovers include Poole and Weymouth. Weymouth is 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.

Be sure to have your camera to hand, as you may spot dolphins, seals and fin whales along the way.

After a day at sea, most evenings will be spent covering theoryplaying gamesrelaxing and socialising. There will also be the opportunity go ashore when we stopover.

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 ketch from looking after her to cooking and cleaning.

You’ll also experience plenty of offshore sailing and ‘out of sight of land’ — a great opportunity to escape from it all and to build your confidence as a sailor.

Each crew member will receive a personal assessment covering their leadershipteamwork and communication skills— a great addition to your CV!

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.


The cost of your 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).

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.


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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