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Keith's Crew - You could take part in the Tall Ships Races 2019 for (nearly) free!

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A full cost bursary is now available to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2019 on board Gulden Leeuw, from Denmark to Norway (voyage details on

This means that if your application is successful, the usual cost of 795 Euro will be paid for by Sail Training International. You will need to cover the cost of travel to and from the vessel.

Ship: Gulden Leeuw, dutch 3 masted Topsail Schooner (pictured)

Dates: 5th to 13th July 2019

Where: Join the ship in Aalborg, Denmark and sail to Fredrikstad, Norway

Who: You need to be between 15 and 25 years old at the time of the trip. You don't need any sailing experience but you must be willing to work hard and get involved in all aspects of running the ship. This opportunity is for people of all backgrounds and abilities who have not taken part in a Tall Ships Race or Sail Training voyage before. 

Interested?  Then apply using the form below.

Keith's Crew is a one-off voyage in memory of Keith Robinson, a great supporter of Sail Training and the Tall Ships Races. 16 young people from all over the world are given the opportunity to apply for funding for this voyage. You need to show that you genuinely would not be able to afford the voyage without this help, and you need to supply contact details of an adult reference (teacher, youth worker or similar). Preference will be given to candidates with no, or very little, Sail Training experience.

Application Form (download and print, or save to hard drive before completing)

The form can be returned direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Applications close on the 31st March 2019.

There are several other bursary schemes providing support for Sail Training voyages, ensuring that this valuable experience is available to everyone.  All UK Sail Training operators are 'not-for-profit' organisations and most operate their own bursary scheme.  These schemes will vary and details and up-to-date information should be obtained by contacting the organisation you are interested in.  See the links on the right for the full list of Member organisations.

Sources of funding to take part in a Sail Training voyage are:
Own fundraising - see the fundraising factsheet for some ideas
Bursaries for specific events will be advertised here when they are available. Please 'like' our Facebook page to keep up to date with other events.
Charitable Trusts providing funding for Sail Training voyages: (see list below)
The James Myatt Trust exists to help young people aged between 16 and 25 to experience a sea going Sail Training voyage. The voyage must be on a sailing vessel operated by ASTO. The voyages can last between 2 to 14 days.

The trust aims to help young people who really cannot raise enough money to secure a place on a voyage. Details on

How to apply for a James Myatt Trust grant 
The James Myatt Trust need to know about you and your needs so please complete this application form. The James Myatt Trust do expect you to raise some of your own voyage money but hope to be able to help you. They are prepared to fund several individuals in a group if the need is there. Once you have filled in your application form, e-mail it to the Trust Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust


This charity, set up by members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, provides funding for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to afford the valuable experience of going to sea as part of a working crew. For further information visit


The Norfolk Boat offer financial help for off-shore Sail Training to young people (12-24) and disabled of any age, who are from Norfolk or the surrounding area. They only use ASTO sailing organisations and pay the organisation direct for the berth fees. The Norfolk Boat help approximately 180 people from the area to sail every year - they are predominantly disadvantaged and disaffected young people. If you live in the Norfolk area please see their Guide to Funding.

Funding for young people from Wales

Separate funding is available if you live in Wales. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details.

Local Rotary Clubs will often support Sail Training voyages, as will local Sailing and Yacht Clubs. Find out their details and contact them!