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!

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School and Group sailing

Voyages for groups of young people from schools, home education networks, 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.


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.

This is a friendly race for young people aged between 12 and 25 years old.
To find out more visit our availability page.

STI Tall Ships Races and Regattas

The ultimate action adventure for those between 15 and 25, the Tall Ships Races and Regattas 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 and Regattas are the most incredible youth events in the world.

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.

More information about RYA 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 2017 Festival was held on the weekend of 11, 12 and 13 August, when our 72ft Pilot Cutter Pegasus sailed with a full boat of adults to this fun and exciting cultural experience.  The next festival will be in 2019.

No previous sailing experience is necessary, and whether you have sailed before or not, all are welcome to take as active a role in the sailing of the boat as you feel capable. Full instruction in safety, steering and basic seamanship will be given, and if you have an interest in more than the basics don’t be afraid to ask – our onboard crew will be happy to teach and demonstrate to further your own knowledge.

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