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Duke of Edinburgh's Award voyages

Many people sail with us as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme - especially for the Gold Award Residential Project.

A voyage with OYT South allows you to cover all the essential areas for your Residential Project, all conducted within a relaxed, informal environment. You will learn a great deal - but you will also have a fantastic time!

Doing your Residential Project on board a voyage with OYT South will give you the opportunity to:

  • meet new people
  • experience an unfamiliar environment
  • build new relationships and show concern for others
  • work as part of a team towards shared goals
  • accept responsibility for yourself and others
  • develop communication skills
  • show initiative
  • enjoy living and working with others

All OYT South voyages lasting at least four nights are suitable for your Residential Project, but most of our Duke of Edinburgh Award participants prefer to choose one of our more ambitious voyages. Look for voyages of four nights or longer on the voyage programme 2017, or the Baltic Adventure 2017.

The following 2016 voyages would be ideal for Duke of Edinburgh Award participants (though this does not exclude using other voyages for a Residential - it's just that people often ask which voyage would be best so we decided to earmark a few voyages and try to get as many DofE participants as possible on these trips)::

25 June - 1 July - Southampton to Poole - 6 nights - £525pp.
25-29 July - Plymouth - 4 nights - £360pp.
1-7 August - Plymouth - 6 nights - £525pp.
26 August - 2 September - Gosport to Southampton - 7 nights - £610pp.

Don't forget that your Residential MUST take place among people you don't already know. Ideally you should come on a voyage where you don't know anyone else at all; but it is sometimes possible for us to cope with two people who know each other on condition that you are in different teams or watches and working quite separately. If you know more than one other person on the voyage before you come then we won't be able to sign off your Residential.

At the start of the voyage, you should tell the skipper or first mate that you want to use the voyage as your Residential Project. They can then watch your progress during the voyage and ensure that you are given every opportunity to show what you can do to achieve a really positive report in your Record Book at the end of the voyage.

Award guidelines say that you should be assessed on:

  • personal standards
  • relationships with others
  • responsibility
  • initiative
  • development of skills
  • knowledge and general progress

Please note that a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award is not something you can simply pay for. Very occasionally we have had young people on board who believe that "I have paid for the voyage, therefore you have to sign my residential". OYT South reserves the right not to complete the Record Book for a crew member who does not put in a certain amount of energy, enthusiasm, commitment and co-operation. Any young person who is in danger of falling into this category should receive a debrief midway through the voyage while there is still time to turn things round. Keen Duke of Edinburgh Award participants have nothing to fear - we simply don't wish to devalue your achievement by signing off people who haven't put in anything like as much effort as most participants normally do!

Want to sail but can't afford it? - Further help with funding

How to book a voyage - including booking forms.
2017 voyage programme
Baltic Adventure 2017

Raise And Sail - OYT South's website for young people wanting to raise money in order to sail with us.



“Had a fab time, lived up to my expectations and more! ” Rachel, aged 16

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