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 5 days and 5 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before – join as strangers and leave as friends.

You can qualify for the DofE Gold Residential Award on board during Adventure Sailing courses. 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 most include the option to gain RYA qualifications. All voyages start and finish in Plymouth, unless stated otherwise. We sail in the magnificent waters of the South West of England, where there are plenty of hidden coves, tiny islands and harbours with places to fish, swim, visit beaches and have barbecues.

You and the rest of the crew are responsible for all aspects of life on board, from helming and navigation to cooking, keeping the boat clean and tidy, getting the sails up and rowing ashore. No previous sailing experience is necessary. 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 for supper and chat in the sunshine.

Handy learning aids

Before you come on your voyage you could buy yourself some easy to learn marine Flip Cards, or you could put them on your birthday or Christmas wish list! They will teach you about the codes and nautical rules and come in a handy pocket size pack. They are also a great refresher if you have sailed before. We suggest these, which can be purchased direct from Flip Cards or from any chandlery in-store or online:

  • Rule of the Road
  • IALA Buoyage – Area A
  • Lights and Shapes

So much fun! From not having sailed before at all, the Skipper and Mate 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.

Nicole

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.

Poppy

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.

William

Availability

Voyage datesPriceItinerary*Vessel and Course**
Summer
30 June – 5 July 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
Availability - 11 places
£890 per person
5 nights
West Country
Embark 4 pm Plymouth
Disembark 12noon Plymouth
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting /
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
14 - 19 July 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
FULLY BOOKED
£890 per person5 nights
West Country
Embark 4pm Plymouth
Disembark 12noon Plymouth
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting /
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
28 July - 2 August 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
FULLY BOOKED
£890 per person5 nights
West Country
Embark 4pm Plymouth
Disembark 12noon Plymouth
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting /
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
4 - 9 August 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
FULLY BOOKED
£890 per person5 nights
West Country
Embark 4pm Plymouth
Disembark 12noon Plymouth
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting /
RYA Competent Crew
Autumn
27 October - 1 November 2024
age group 14 - 19 yrs
Availability - 11 places
£850 per person5 nights
West Country
Embark 4pm Plymouth
Disembark 12noon Plymouth
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting /
RYA Competent Crew

*We sail in the waters along the south Devon and south Cornwall coast, sailing east or west depending on the weather conditions. Possibly reaching the Isles of Scilly when the weather is perfect.
**All courses follow the RYA Cruising syllabus, and can include the option to gain Royal Yachting Association Qualifications.

All the above voyages are suitable for mile building.

Prices include accommodation, use of waterproofs, safety equipment and all meals on board.

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.

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 skippers are RYA Yachtmasters and Cruising Instructors or higher, and mates and volunteers are qualified to levels appropriate to the responsibilities they carry in accordance with statutory MCA and RYA regulations and guidelines.

More information about RYA training can be found on our RYA courses page»

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 skippers are RYA Yachtmasters and Cruising Instructors or higher, and mates and volunteers are qualified to levels appropriate to the responsibilities they carry in accordance with statutory MCA and RYA regulations and guidelines.

More information about RYA training can be found on our RYA courses page»

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