Next Step Appeal

Widening horizons and raising aspirations through sailing

Group Sailing Weeks

Youth Groups, Schools and Colleges | Private Groups | Corporate Team Building

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Ocean Discoverability

Continuing the good works of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Trust and “Cornubia”

The Island Trust

Enabling young people to get out on the water since 1973, reg. charity no. 1049722

The Island Trust Fleet

The Island Trust operates four large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessels.

Adventures at Sea

RYA Training and Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Residential experiences for independent teenagers

Sail Training

Skill |Challenge | Adventure | Confidence | Communication

Small Ships Races

An exciting, challenging, and inspiring sailing adventure…

Over 40 years of life-changing sailing adventures!

We are a registered charity providing life-enhancing, residential and day sailing activities for young people with special needs, disabilities, and those experiencing hardship and deprivation.

To support our charitable work we run sail training voyages for independent individuals aged 12 to 19 years during the school holidays, a number of RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Preparation & Exam courses for all ages throughout the sailing season, and occasional voyages for adults.

Schools & Groups

We offer sailing expeditions and day sails for youth groups, schools and colleges, tailored specifically to the needs of the group.

Teenage Sailing Weeks

Sail training voyages for independent teenagers during school holidays – have a great time, learn new skills & make new friends!

DofE & RYA Training

Join us as part of your Residential Gold DofE or embark on one of our RYA Sailing courses.

Adult Voyages/Courses

We run adult RYA courses and occasional passage and expedition voyages throughout the sailing season.

Teachers/Youth Leaders

Find out more about what we do on one of our free taster day sails for teachers and youth leaders.

Next Step Appeal

Learn about our appeal to expand the fleet to provide more young people the scope to widen their horizons through sailing.

Latest News

Launch of the Next Step Appeal

The Island Trust now has ambitious and exciting plans to expand its fleet. The imperative to purchase a fourth vessel is driven by the demand…

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We can’t contain the excitement any longer! So are delighted to announce the arrival of topsail schooner Johanna Lucretia to join The Island Trust fleet! For further information and to book your 2019 voyage visit www.theislandtrust.org.uk/boats/johanna-lucretia or give us a call on 01752 823007. We look forward to welcoming you on board! ... See MoreSee Less

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What a difference a day makes: the crew on Pegasus from Sky College have been learning every day is different at sea, and rising to every occasion as an amazing team. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Fleet

The Island Trust operates four large traditionally rigged sailing boats; Moosk, Pegasus, Tectona and Johanna Lucretia, each has her own distinctive style and character, all perfect for Sail Training.

Moosk

Gaff Yawl

Pegasus

Gaff Rigged Pilot Cutter

Tectona

Gaff Rigged Ketch

Johanna Lucretia

Topsail Schooner

Sail Training

Based in Plymouth, Devon, The Island Trust provides flexible personal development programmes for young people on board 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.

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What We Do

RYA Recognised Training Centre

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 on board 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 and relief 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.

For more information about RYA training »

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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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 823007 or email info@theislandtrust.org.uk.