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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!

Since 1973, The Island Trust has been transforming young lives by providing confidence-building, traditional adventure sailing. From very small beginnings we have grown, now helping hundreds of disadvantaged young people annually, 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 Island Trust runs three beautiful traditional gaff-rigged sailing vessels; Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona.

To support our charitable work we also run voyages for individuals during the school holidays and for commercial organisations seeking a team experience.

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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…

DofE & 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.

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Latest News

Moosk Recommissioning Celebration

Friday 18th March dawned bright, sunny and warm and saw both Moosk and Pegasus alongside the pontoon at Plymouth Yacht Haven for the recommissioning celebration ceremony

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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 group sailing weeks and day sails, to teenage sailing weeks, offshore racing, RYA practical courses, plus the annual Sail Training International 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…


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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DofE Approved Activity Provider

We are a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider and run DofE Gold Residential sailing weeks. Places can be booked by individuals and small groups. Voyages follow the RYA Cruising syllabus and our experienced and well qualified staff will help participants gain RYA as well as DofE qualifications.

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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?

Our voyages take you to different places every day, tiny harbours, beautiful rivers and the stunning Cornish and Devon coastlines. On a really good week, we may to sail out to the Isles of Scilly, Brittany or the Channel Islands. We sail where the wind takes us, and regularly spot dolphins, sun fish, basking sharks, seals and even pilot whales! Beach barbecues, fishing and swimming are all part of the fun.

Our sailing weeks mix high quality tuition with a fun, educational environment where everyone works and lives as a crew. RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certificates and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential can be attained on board.

Participants learn how to helm, use a compass, use charts and basic navigational skills to plan passages, raise and lower sails, tie knots and cook. Standard voyages start in the afternoon on Sunday and end at lunchtime on Friday. Our RYA qualified Sailing Instructors are specialist youth workers, and subject to annual enhanced DBS disclosure.

As a charity we help the visually and hearing impaired, those with learning difficulties, special educational needs or behavioural difficulties, and any young person for whom the experience of sailing might otherwise be unattainable. We help hundreds of young people every year, from all backgrounds, to get out on the water and experience the adventure and freedom of a voyage at sea.

For more information call us on 01752 823 007 or email

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