Trinity runs residential sail training voyages for groups of young people and our experienced and professional staff ensure that each group member is able to play a full part. No previous experience is required. There are no passengers on our vessels: everybody is a member of the crew: the young people, their group leaders and our professional staff.
The sea is a challenging environment, one which encourages young people to get the best out of themselves. They travel to new destinations each day through their own efforts. Learning to manage a traditional sailing vessel at sea and in all conditions tests the innate abilities of each individual to the limit. Few young people ever have the opportunity of finding out just what they are capable of in such a way.
While on board the young people and group leaders will sail the vessel under the direction of Trinity’s professional crew, and undertake all of the duties involved: raising sail, helming, standing watch, preparing and cooking meals, cleaning the vessel above and below decks, and learning the basics of seamanship – including in many cases completing the syllabus for a Royal Yachting Association vocational qualification.
Sail training is about much more than learning to sail it is about helping young people to discover things about themselves. It is an adventure and the experience can inspire young people, whatever their background, expanding their horizons and motivating them towards new goals. For many it is a rewarding and exciting opportunity to get away from it all. For some it is genuinely life-changing.
Our role is to be a catalyst.
Our aim is to bring about positive and permanent changes in attitudes and expectations that our partners can build upon, and which encourage young people to take steps that will improve their future prospects.
Our approach is to involve group leaders in the experience. This breaks down barriers and helps develop new and positive relationships between the young people and adult staff. It is these new relationships that make the outcomes of our work part of an on-going and positive process of personal development.