Teenage Sailing Weeks

Adventure sailing and activity weeks during school holidays

Teenage Sailing Weeks

To support our charitable work we run Sail Training voyages for independent teenagers during the school holidays, with an emphasis on having a great time, learning new skills and making friends. 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.


Voyage dates Price Itinerary* Vessel and Course**
Autumn (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 and/or
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.

Cruising in the magnificent waters of the South West of the UK, there are plenty of hidden coves, tiny islands and harbours with places to fish, swim, visit beaches and have barbecues.  On an exceptionally good weather week, we are sometimes able to reach the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. You and the rest of the crew are responsible for all aspects of life onboard, from helming and navigation to cooking, getting the sails up and rowing ashore. Our professional sailing staff will show you exactly what you need to do. There’s plenty of time to chill out on deck, after all the work is done and keep an eye out for dolphins, basking sharks, or to catch some mackerel and chat in the sunshine.

Sailing weeks include the option to gain Royal Yachting Association Qualifications and to fulfil the requirements for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential. Bursaries are available for eligible individuals, please contact us for details.

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


Launceston College Teenage Week May 2016
Year 9 and 10 Voyage to the Isles of Scilly

In half term, we had the chance to live on-board an 85ft classic wooden sailing boat for 6 days. Mr Bazely had organised for 11 Year 9 and 7 Year 10 students to sail on board the boats named Moosk and Tectona. It was an amazing opportunity to experience. Before the trip I was feeling worried and apprehensive, I wasn’t sure about it at first, but once I got to Mount Batten Marina in Plymouth on Sunday and met the crew I felt much better. Throughout the week we all learnt new skills, from team work to being confident. The highlight of the trip would have to be sailing straight to the Isles of Scilly overnight on Sunday, which involved sheer determination during the 3 hour watch shifts. Also, everyone mixed with each other and we enjoyed it very much. As a reward for our hard work, we had a morning and afternoon of dancing and having fun on-board on Thursday. There were many great times on the trip such as night sailing. During this time we were lucky enough to encounter a majestic submarine which emerged and slipped beneath the waves mysteriously. We also sailed alongside a pod of playful dolphins. To anyone who has any doubts over taking opportunities in life I say go for the chances you get and use them all as a learning experience. If this opportunity ever arises again I would unquestionably take the opportunity again.

Beth Bell (9RB)

Fantastic! I'd only done a tiny amount of dinghy sailing before and it has been a totally new experience for me.


It was brilliant fun, with lots of sailing and learning new things.


The best bit of the voyage for me was sailing back to Plymouth working as a team, and seeing dolphins along the way.


I've developed leadership, sailing and individual skills, and made a good group of friends.


I have learned how to use the radar, run sail hoists and drops, so I am really happy. The highlight was being Mate.


It was probably the best experience of my life! It has given me an appreciation of traditional boats.


My voyage was absolutely amazing. I loved the fact that we had so much to learn on such a small boat in such a short time.


A fun and amazing experience. The best bit for me was the night sail out of Fowey.


It was very very good and I will definitely come back! The experience has changed my knowledge about small ships.