Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, Sea Rangers, members of Boys’ Brigade, together with groups from Schools, Colleges and other youth organisations are welcome to join our voyages. During these, all crew members work together to sail the boat, feed the crew, keep the boat clean, safe and tidy. These tasks are all guided by the experienced and qualified volunteer Sea Staff on board, and no prior experience of sailing is required.
We offer group voyages for young people accompanied by their own leaders or teachers, and voyages where individual young people can come on their own or with friends. Many people use our trips to complete the residential part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Our voyages range from one day, weekend to full week or more. As the project is ever more in demand we are offering an increasing number of mid-week voyages.
On our Sail Training voyages you will be involved with all roles on board, from helming and winching to cooking and cleaning. You will also have the chance to learn some basic navigation. All roles are equally important to the safe and effective operation of the yacht.
On weekend voyages, we generally sail within the Solent, the area bounded by the Isle of Wight and the mainland. This is a great playground for Sail Training, lots to see and plenty of places to visit. You will see some famous Solent landmarks such as the Needles or Spinnaker Tower. On longer voyages we go further afield, typically along the west coast. If wind and tide are favourable, you may get the chance to cross the channel and visit France. Or if the sailing bug really has bitten, join us for a leg of the Tall Ships Race series. On a Tall Ships Race, Thermopylae Clipper will visit foreign countries and experience different cultures.