Adventure Sailing

Sailing and activity weeks during school holidays

Adventure Sailing for Young People aged 13 – 19 yrs

To support our charitable work we run Sail Training voyages for independent young people 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 can 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.

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. Voyages follow the RYA Cruising syllabus most include the option to gain RYA qualifications.

Once you have achieved your certificates you can come back time and time again to build up your nautical miles and to work towards Watch Leader or higher.

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

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

Sophie

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

Tom

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

Matthew

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

Connor

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

Will

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

Adventure Sailing for 13 to 19 yrs | DofE Gold Residential

Voyage datesPriceItinerary*Vessel and Course**
Summer
30 June – 5 July 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
Availability - 9 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
Summer
25 - 30 August 2024
age group 13 - 19 yrs
Availability - 4 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
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.

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 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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