How to sail with us

Sailing opportunities for young people aged 11-25, plus occasional adult voyages

How to sail with us

Introduction

Ocean Youth Trust South is an adventure sail training charity which takes young people aged 11-25 to sea in our 30-metre vessel Prolific. Occasionally it is also possible to include 11-year-olds.

We take twelve to fifteen crew members at a time, with a sea staff team of six to eight. Crew members can book as a group, or just come as individuals and make new friends. Voyages generally start on the south coast of England. Some are short local voyages; others may go west to Devon or Cornwall or south to France or the Channel Islands. Sometimes there are voyages going much further – perhaps taking part in the Tall Ships Race series. In recent years we have sailed to Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Russia, and Lithuania.

Most voyages last for five days but it is possible to sail for as little as two days, while some trips last much longer.

Our sea staff make every crew member a promise: whatever effort and enthusiasm you put into the voyage, we will match and beat. Whether your aim is to have the holiday of a lifetime, or to learn more about sailing and seamanship, or to experience the challenge of life at sea, Prolific has something to offer.

There are no compromises on safety, but our next priority is to ensure that everyone has as much fun as possible. There may be parties, trips ashore, beach barbeques or games on board, as well as great sailing! This is not a formal, regimented sail training experience. Crew members are encouraged to ask questions, try different activities and get involved with a wide variety of different tasks on board.

Please take the time to look through the site to see further pictures of our boat, find out more about what we can offer, and read comments from previous crew – along with the latest voyage programme, with details and information on how to book.

Crew members aged 11-25
Before you sail – a page for young people about to join the boat for the first time
What will I do?
A typical voyage
Feedback – what other people thought about sailing with us
Developing skills that can be applied in everyday life
#SailToWellbeing – our programme for developing mental wellbeing on board
Sailing qualifications
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
What to bring
Safety and staffing
Questions and answers
Physical or learning difficulties
Staying involved
Information for parents and guardians
Funding help
Crew handbook – preparing for your voyage
Crew logbook – during your voyage
Covid guidance (updated March 2023)

OYT South clothing – do you want an OYT South t-shirt, hoodie or hat to wear on board, or as a souvenir afterwards?

You can even buy earrings designed by a young person on board, with a share of the proceeds contributing to our charitable work.

Raise And Sail – the area of OYT South’s website for young people wanting to raise money in order to sail with us.

Booking a Voyage

Guide to booking a voyage

Tracking our boat

Find out where we are sailing

Prolific bookings

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on board Prolific. See here for our current sailing programme.

Bookings

View the current sailing programme

New sailing programmes tend to be published in the early summer each year for the following year, which means we start looking at the next year’s plans in around May each year. If you are involved with a group which would like to book one or more voyages on board Prolific, please contact caroline.white@oytsouth.org to discuss your requirements.

How to sail with us

Ocean Youth Trust South is an adventure sail training charity which takes young people aged 11-25 to sea in our 30-metre vessel Prolific.

Individual Voyages

Voyages for people aged 11-25

 Group Voyages

Introduction for adult leaders

Adult Voyages

Voyages for people aged over 18