Teenage Sailing Weeks

Adventure sailing and activity weeks during school holidays

Sailing Weeks for Teenagers

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.

Sailing in the magnificent waters of the South West of England, 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. Voyages follow the RYA Cruising syllabus most include the option to gain RYA qualifications.

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.

Minimum age 13 yrs unless stated otherwise.

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

Tom

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

Frances

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

Sam

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

Matthew

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

Sophie

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

Will

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

Tom

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.

Corben

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

Connor

2018

Voyage dates Price Itinerary* Vessel and Course**
Autumn Half Term
21 – 26 October 2018
Only a few places left
£550 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

2019

Voyage dates Price Itinerary* Vessel and Course**
Easter
7 – 12 April 2019
£575 per person 6 days
West Country
Pegasus
DofE Gold Residential
and/or
RYA Start Yachting/
RYA Competent Crew
Easter
14 – 19 April 2019
£575 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
Age 12 – 15 yrs
£575 per person 6 days
West Country
Moosk
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.

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.

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.

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