Sailing Adventure Activities

For groups and individuals of all ages


Gaining RYA qualifications

We are an Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Establishment. We offer a range of RYA Sailing courses. A week sailing onboard one of our vessels can be enough to gain an RYA Certificate, part of an internationally recognised vocational training scheme; This can lead to Professional Sailing Qualifications as a Yacht Skipper, 1st Mate, Cook or Deck Hand.

Please contact us for more information and availability.

Teenage sailing weeks

Voyages for individual teenagers during the school holidays. Have fun, meet new friends and work towards RYA qualifications. All voyages start and finish in Plymouth, unless stated otherwise, and could count for your DofE Gold Residential – always check with your DofE Leader first. Voyages follow the RYA Cruising syllabus.

Voyagers participate in every aspect of life onboard, under full instruction from our professional sailing staff learning about navigation, helming, cooking, making sail, weighing anchor… part of the ship, part of the crew!

Please contact us for more information and availability.

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STI Tall Ships Races

The ultimate action adventure for those between 15 and 25, the races are designed to encourage international friendship. Held annually in European waters, with hundreds of miles of ocean racing, days of parties, team sports, cultural visits and parades, The Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Races are the most incredible youth event in the world.

We are taking bookings for the 2017 Tall Ships Races taking place this summer across the Baltic Sea; Sweden, Finland, Lithuania and Poland. Contact us for more information about this fantastic sailing experience.

Small Ships Races

The Annual Small Ships Cowes Race is held each year on the first weekend of October. A short but extremely popular youth event. Small Ships Races is for smaller vessels, usually under 24 metres long with up to 16 trainees on board, and are run under the rules of the Tall Ships Races.

During the 2017 Easter holidays, a ’round-the-cans’ style race is being held in Torquay.  This is a friendly race for young people aged between 12 and 25 years old.  To find out more visit our availability page.

School and Group sailing

Voyages for groups of young people from schools and youth organisations are available from March to October.

Group voyages can be tailored perfectly for your group’s needs and we have extensive experience of working with a diverse range of young people with specific educational, physical and behavioural needs.

Our staff are highly trained in youth work, making a week’s voyage, a safe, challenging and exhilarating, personal achievement.

Please contact us for more information.

Corporate and Private Group sailing

To support our charitable work we also run voyages for commercial organisations seeking a team experience. Our fleet of three beautiful traditional vessels are perfectly suited to corporate hire. Our well qualified and experienced Skippers and Mates will instruct and guide you in the day’s sailing and everyone will learn new skills and make lasting memories, whatever the weather. Please contact us for more information.

Adult voyages and courses

Throughout the sailing season we run a number of RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Exam Preparation six day courses, and occasional voyages specifically for adults.

We regularly take part in the annual Pilot Cutter World Championship (Pilot Cutter Review) racing weekend in St Mawes, and the Paimpol Sea Shanty Festival in Brittany every other year.

For those sailors keen to increase their nautical miles, we have two passage voyages this summer at the beginning and end of our Tall Ships Races 2017 expedition which are open to adults. The first is from Ramsgate to Halmstad, Sweden in June and the second from Ramsgate to Plymouth in August.

More information about the above courses and voyages can be found on our availability page.

Paimpol Festival du Chant de Marin

Every two years around 200 traditional sailing boats gather in the port of Paimpol for the world-renowned three day Breton Sea Shanty Festival.  The next Festival is in 2017, on the weekend of 11, 12 and 13 August, and we are offering adults a 10 night voyage on our 72ft Pilot Cutter Pegasus, at a cost of £1,100 per person. Solo travellers welcome.

No previous sailing experience is necessary. You will participate in every aspect of life on board, under the full instruction of our professional sailing staff.

We look forward to welcoming you on board for a fun and exciting cultural experience. If you enjoy music festivals, then this is an opportunity not to be missed!

All voyages are operated by The Island Trust’s trading subsidiary Island (Cutter) Ltd.