Sail Training

Sail Training voyages for all ages

What is Sail Training?

Sail training is an adventure activity for people of all ages and abilities. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far, far beyond this. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents and understand the value of working as a team.

Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust

Sail Training can and does change lives through its potential to engage, empower, and create new perspectives on our lives ashore.

The Tall Ships (Wales) Trust acts as an interface between national Sail Training organisations and the local community to create opportunities for residents from West Wales, to experience life changing voyages on board sailing ships. We also fundraise in order to subsidise trips and make them more accessible and to widen participation. Although, for funding purposes, Sail Training is usually associated with the 12 to 25 age group most Sail Training charities provide opportunities for adults as well. The Tall Ships (Wales) Trust firmly believe that it isn’t just for young people, so we actively encourage and support older people who might have missed out, when young, to access voyages too.

Sail training is not just learning to sail. It is learning from sailing. From the ship, from the sea and, most importantly, from yourself.

Tall Ships America

The Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) describes themselves as the umbrella body for Sail Training in the UK. Their membership is made up of more than 30 not-for-profit organisations that operate more than 50 Sail Training vessels around the UK. You don’t need to be part of a group, anyone can approach the organisations directly and sign on for a voyage.

Motivating Young People Through Sailing: sailing develops a sense of adventure, communication, co-operation, responsibility, self-worth, social skills, teamwork, initiative. All this triggers engagement with education and employment – a particularly effective and innovative platform for enhancing young lives.

The Island Trust