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 never met before – join as strangers and leave as friends.

You can qualify for the DofE Gold Residential Award on board 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 most include the option to gain RYA qualifications.

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.  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 on board, from helming and navigation to cooking, keeping the boat clean and tidy, 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 for supper and chat in the sunshine.

New for the 2019 season will be our Ocean Literacy week, which along with the sailing activities will include learning more about the ocean with marine and maritime specialist John Hepburn. John will impart his wonderful knowledge of the ocean – raising awareness of the sea, the amazing things that live in it, how we can look after it, and the opportunities it offers.  Activities will include studying ocean life by trawling for plankton and looking at it under the microscope; using underwater cameras and viewing marine life on the screen in the saloon; spotting and recording wildlife as you sail; rockpool rambles and beach cleans. We will also keep an eye out for maritime activities and hope to be able to talk to people who work with or on the sea.

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.

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

2019 Availability

Voyage dates Price Itinerary* Vessel and Course**
Easter
7 – 12 April 2019
£555 per person 6 days
West Country
Pegasus
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Easter
14 – 19 April 2019
£555 per person 6 days
West Country
Pegasus
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
21 – 26 July 2019
£575 per person 6 days
West Country
Moosk
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
4 – 10 August 2019
£675 per person 7 days
West Country/
Isles of Scilly/
Channel Islands
Johanna Lucretia
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
Ocean Literacy
11 – 16 August 2019
£650 per person 6 days
West Country
Sailing and marine, wildlife, and beach studies
Johanna Lucretia
Suitable for DofE Gold Residential
Summer
18 – 23 August 2019
£575 per person 6 days
West Country
Moosk
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Summer
25 – 30 August 2019
£575 per person 6 days
West Country
Moosk
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Autumn Half Term
20 – 25 October 2019
£575 per person 6 days
Halloween Half Term adventures… spooktacular sailing in the West Country
Pegasus
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 or a Passport is needed for your voyage.
Travel insurance will be required for excursions abroad.

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

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.

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 »

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