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Proceeds go towards bursary funding to enable more people to take part in Sail Training.


There are several 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
Oman Bursary
Sail Training International run the Oman Bursary Scheme. The 2021 scheme is open to applicants who have never taken part in a Tall Ships Race or Regatta (training). Sail Training International welcome financially or physically disadvantaged people between 15 and 25 years old, regardless of nationality, background, physical ability, or previous sailing experience. The maximum amount awarded is £450 each (if living outside of Europe, exceptions may be made for long distance travel costs).

Sail Training International receive applications from a huge variety of young people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Trainees’ support letters often reveal their dedication, motivation and sometimes the difficulties that they’ve faced, such as health and personal problems. Those who are awarded the Oman Bursary achieve something special – they become part of a team of people from different nationalities in a new and exciting environment, form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

Full details and online application available on the Sail Training International website.

The James Myatt Trust exists to help young people aged between 16 and 25 to experience a 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!

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