Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We are a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider and run DofE Gold Residential sailing weeks.

DofE  Award Gold Residential

To achieve your Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award you must complete the Residential, and to support our charitable work we run DofE Gold Residentials during the school holidays. This involves spending 6 days and 5 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve probably never met before.

You can qualify for the DofE Gold Residential Award onboard during Teenage Sailing Courses and other sail training voyages lasting at least 6 days. Always check with your DofE Leader first. You can read all about other peoples’ experiences by following the links and looking at our Facebook page. Voyages follow the RYA Cruising syllabus and include the option to gain RYA qualifications.


Voyage dates Price Itinerary* Vessel and Course**
(Autumn Half Term)
22 – 27 October 2017
£500 per person 6 days
Halloween Half Term adventures… spooktacular sailing in the West Country
DofE Gold Residential
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew

*The voyage itinerary is a guide only and the destination will be weather dependent.
**All courses follow the RYA Cruising syllabus, and can include the option to gain Royal Yachting Association Qualifications.

Photographic ID is required for voyages visiting the Channel Islands. A Student ID card or a Citizencard fulfils these requirements. We will inform you beforehand if ID is needed for your voyage.

All voyages start and finish in Plymouth, unless stated otherwise.

If you need some advice about whether this is the right choice for you, or you want to know which type of voyage to choose please call us on 01752 823007 or email us.

We know some people will need help to raise the funding to pay for one of our voyages and we can offer to help you do this. Please call for details.

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

So much fun! From not having sailed before at all, Craig and Hannah made me feel welcome and at ease from the start. It was amazing to have been able to sail during the night several times, and to learn so much in one week, as well as completing my DofE Gold Residential trip.


It has made me more confident in meeting and working with a new group as well as gaining skills in sailing that will help me in the future. The best bit of the voyage was sailing down wind, in the sun, with all the sails up and being able to understand how everything worked.


On my voyage we went to France, which involved two challenging 20+ hour channel crossings, but an enjoyable challenge nonetheless, and the night sailing and the stars was amazing. I gained new knowledge about sailing large yachts, and I learned new cooking skills in confined spaces.