Youth Sail Training Charity
The Tall Ships Youth Trust, formerly The Sail Training Association, is a registered charity founded in 1956 that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels. It is the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12-25.
Over 100,000 trainees have sailed 1.8 million nautical miles on TSYT’s fleet – a 60m brig, Stavros S Niarchos, four 22m ocean-going Challenger Yachts, a 19m Catamaran and before them, a 60m brig Prince William and two 37m schooners Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill. On average, 70% of the young people sailing with TSYT are disadvantaged or disabled.
In collaboration with Tall Ships Adventures, we offer sail training voyages to anyone aged 12-80. No sailing experience is needed as Voyage Crew are taught everything they need to know. Whether you’re young and at school or an adult and need some time off work, all of our voyages are about fun, adventure and taking on a challenge.
Not only will you become a proficient sailor, you will also make lots of new friends and try new things. Many of the voyages are mentally and physically challenging but the feeling of freedom when sailing is second to none and you will come away with a renewed energy and enthusiasm after an experience you will never forget.
- The Tall Ships Youth Trust is the world’s oldest, largest sail training charity for 12-25 year olds.
- Over 3,000 voyagers sail with us each year.
- 70% of the young people are disadvantaged/disabled.
- Diversity – we encourage a broad mix of young people from all socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and faith backgrounds to interact and learn from one another.
- Unique development environment – un-contrived, sustainable, physically and mentally challenging, close communal, residential.
- Over 2,500 volunteers and regular supporters.
- One 200ft square rigged brig Stavros S Niarchos, four 72ft Challenger Yachts and one 62ft Catamaran.
- Over 95,000 trainees have sailed 1.8 million nautical miles with the Trust.
Helping Young People
New initiatives to help young people are regularly introduced including:
- Youth Mentor Scheme – professionally qualified teachers and youth workers can sail as volunteers to provide support and direction for young trainees on board.
- Voyages of Understanding® – multi-national / cultural / faith, diversity voyages.
- Tall Ships Academy – training and development programme endorsed by RYA and MCA offering young people a route from trainee through TSYT volunteer to RYA Watch Leader and, for those wanting it, MCA Yacht Rating and a career at sea.
- Sail for Heroes® – launched in 2010, these voyages help to rehabilitate young service men and women who are returning injured from war zones.
- Special Needs – a series of dedicated voyages for young people with special needs which can help enhance skills for independence and prepare them for adult life.
Ranging from one day to 20 nights, there is a variety of voyages and no previous sailing experience is necessary for almost all of the voyages.