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The Island Trust

Enabling young people to get out on the water since 1973, reg. charity no. 1049722

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The Island Trust Fleet

The Island Trust operates three large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessels, Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona. Each vessel has her own distinctive style and character and all are perfect for Sail Training.

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Group Sailing Weeks

Youth Groups, Schools and Colleges, Enhancement Week Activities, Vocational Training, Personal Development Courses, Outdoor Activity Adventures, Corporate Team Building…

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Adventures at Sea

RYA Training and Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Residential experiences for independent teenagers

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The STI Tall Ships' Races

The most exciting, challenging, and inspiring, summer adventure imaginable…

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The Island Trust reg. charity no. 1049722

Celebrating over 40 years of life-changing sailing adventure!

In 1973, Dick Lloyd and a group of enthusiastic sailing colleagues decided to raise enough money to help fill empty berths on their sailing club’s boats. From those small beginnings grew The Island Trust, helping around 1000 disadvantaged young people every year, from every background from across the UK, to get out on the water and experience the joy, adventure and freedom of a voyage at sea…

The Tall Ships’ Races

The Tall Ships Race is open to anybody under the age of 25 to take part. You will be escorted to the boat in any of the international harbours…

Group Adventures

The Island Trust has many years experience of providing challenging sailing expeditions for groups, schools and colleges…

D of E & RYA Training

The ultimate action adventure for those between 15 and 25, the races are designed to encourage international friendship…

Teenage Sailing Weeks

Sailing for independent teenagers during the school holidays with an emphasis on having a great time, learning new skills and making friends.

What we do?

Sail Training

Based in Plymouth, Devon, The Island Trust provides flexible personal development programmes for young people onboard its fleet of traditionally rigged sailing vessels. Encouraging independence, team work, communication, self worth and life skills; Sailing provides an exciting and challenging adventure Courses range from dinghy sailing and day sails to teenage sailing weeks, offshore racing, RYA shore based and practical courses, plus the annual STI Tall Ships’ Races. The Island Trust is a registered charity (no. 1049722) committed to providing sailing for everyone and will accept applications for financial assistance to meet the costs of a voyage. Learn more…

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RYA Recognised Training Centre

Crewed by professional sailing staff, qualified at the highest level, all of our vessels have been coded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and inspected for seaworthiness and safety.

The Island Trust and its operating company, Island (Cutter) Ltd have robust policies and procedures in place to guarantee your safety onboard including:

  • Health and Safety Policies
  • Child Protection Policies
  • Annual DBS Disclosure for all staff and volunteers

We are members of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO)

Full time staff are RYA Yachtmasters and Cruising Instructors or higher, and volunteers are qualified to levels appropriate to the responsibilities they carry in accordance with statutory MCA and RYA regulations and guidelines.

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Our Fleet

The Island Trust operates three large traditionally rigged sailing boats; Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona, each has her own distinctive style and character, all perfect for Sail Training.







What is Sail Training?

Starting from Plymouth, the voyage will take you to different place every day, exploring tiny harbours, beautiful rivers and stunning coastlines. On a good weather week, we may be lucky enough to sail out to the Isles of Scilly or the Channel Islands, but exploring the glorious Cornish and Devon coast is just as exciting. We sail wherever the wind takes us, and then go ashore to explore secluded coves and beaches. We regularly spot dolphins, sun fish, basking sharks, and seals and we have even seen a pilot whale or 2!

Our teenage sailing weeks mix a high standard of sailing tuition with a fun, educational environment for young people. Everyone works and lives aboard together as a crew, whilst sailing and looking after the boat. The first level in the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Cruising syllabus is the Competent Crew course, and our voyages can qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential.

Our instructors are specialist youth workers, RYA qualified Sailing Instructors and subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure annually. Participants will learn how to helm, use the compass, read charts and learn basic navigational skills to plan passages, put the sails up and down and tie some of the most important knots, how to cook, and keep the boat ship shape. They will learn about anchoring and mooring, as well as how to row a dinghy. Our standard voyages stretch over a 6 day period, usually starting in the afternoon on Sunday and ending at lunchtime on Friday.

Beach barbecues, fishing, swimming and trips ashore are all part of the fun of sailing and as well as discovering new places.We supply good quality sailing waterproofs and all food onboard is included.

For more information call us on 01752 823007 or email

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