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Up to £297 (under 25s)

Voyage highlights

Experience at least 500 nautical miles of passage sailing
Rise to the challenge of adventurous cross-channel voyaging this winter
Learn from expert sailors about passage making on an ocean-going racing yacht
Your participation in this voyage will directly benefit our vital work with young people aged 12-25
Previous sailing experience preferred

This nine-day voyage starting and ending in Portsmouth is a fantastic opportunity to build up your sea miles and night hours as well as expand your sailing experience in potentially challenging conditions.  

Depending on group dynamics and weather conditions, you will have the chance to experience sailing between 500 and 1000+ nautical miles.

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 vessel for this type of voyage and will make it an exhilarating and memorable experience!  

On board, you’ll meet like-minded individuals, aged from 18 to 65, who you’ll quickly bond with to form one crew 

Plus, 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.  

Places you'll visit

The beginning or end of your voyage may include stopovers along the south coast such as Cowes, Yarmouth, Poole and Weymouth.

Depending on the weather conditions, we may sail to Alderney, Sark or Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

There could also be the opportunity to visit Cherbourg, Le Harve or Dieppe in France.

Takeaways from your voyage

New skills. Increased confidence. New friendships. Lifelong memories!

Throughout the week, you’ll experience steering a yachtnight sailing, sail handling, ropework as well as learning how to keep safe on board.

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 the Challenger from deck duties to cooking and cleaning.

You’ll also experience plenty of offshore sailing (out of sight of land). This voyage is a great opportunity to escape from it all, build your confidence 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.


You’ll hopefully get the chance to complete the RYA Competent Crew course while you’re on board.

The syllabus includes:

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

The cost of your RYA 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).

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

All voyages of four nights or more qualify for the 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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Vessel Details

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Challenger Handbook


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