The Island Trust reg. charity no. 1049722
Over 40 years of life-changing sailing adventures!
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 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.
We firmly believe in social inclusion and equality. We provide the opportunities, financial and moral support, and the sail training expertise for those who could not otherwise contemplate taking part in activities of this kind.
To support our charitable work we also run:
- sail training voyages for independent individuals during the school holidays;
- day sails and voyages for commercial organisations seeking a team experience;
- a number of RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Preparation & Exam six day courses for all ages throughout the sailing season, and
- occasional voyages specifically for adults.
The Island Trust runs three beautiful traditional gaff-rigged sailing vessels; Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona.
Sailing for independent teenagers during the school holidays with an emphasis on having a great time, learning new skills and making friends.
The Island Trust has many years experience of providing voyages for groups of young people from schools, colleges and youth organisations.
This year’s Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit yielded yet another successful fundraising event for The Island Trust…read more
On the 5th August 2010 Cornubia took its first group of disabled children on a voyage of discovery around Plymouth’s estuaries…read more
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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 for independent individuals, DofE Gold Residentials, RYA practical courses, Tall Ships Races and the annual ’round-the-cans’ Cowes Small Ships Races youth sailing events.
The Island Trust is a registered charity (no. 1049722) committed to providing sailing for everyone and will accept applications from young people for financial assistance to meet the costs of a voyage. Click here to read more about us.
What we do
DofE Approved Activity Provider
We are a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider and run DofE Gold Residential sailing weeks for individuals. 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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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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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 email@example.com.