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CLOSING DATE for applications is 07 February 2020. 

The interview date for places will be on Thursday 20 February 2020 in London. If you have applied please keep this date available.

If you've experienced the thrill and adventure of Sail Training in the UK and would like the opportunity to explore Sail Training in other continents, then you may be interested in the International exchanges that take place each year between Sail Training organisations in the UK, Canada, USA and Australia.

The exchanges are organised by ASTO, the UK Sail Training national body. who invite people aged between 18 and 25 to apply to participate in the scheme and sail on the far side of the world! If you wish to be considered for the International Exchanges please follow the instructions below, specifically the Criteria for Participation and get your application in. 

The Australian scheme is funded by ASTO and provides an opportunity to a British person who has sailed on a UK Sail Training vessel. The programme funds the successful trainee to travel to (and from) Australia and complete two consecutive 10 day voyages on the 44 metre Australian brigantine Young Endeavour. An Australian trainee, funded by the Australia-Britain Society (New South Wales), travels to the UK and sails on board an ASTO member's square-rigger. The return ticket for the UK to Australia Exchange is open, giving the opportunity for extended travel, either prior to, or on completion of your voyage. All travel and subsistence before or after your exchange will be at your own expense.

The Canadian or US scheme is funded by the James Myatt Trust and is similar to the Australian scheme although the travel is organised for the purpose of the exchange only. This scheme usually funds two young people from the UK. This scheme is suitable for younger applicants but you'll still find yourself in a position of responsiblity on board.

All the exchange voyages normally take place during the summer, dependent on school, university or work commitments. We work with the successfull applicants to find suitable dates.


So, are you eligible for this fantastic opportunity?


Criteria for Participation

To be eligible to participate, all applicants:

Must have participated in more than one voyage on a UK Sail Training vessel within two years prior to your application.
Must be a British citizen and have a valid passport.
Must be aged between 18 and 25 years (at the date of voyage).
Your application must be supported by an ASTO member organisation (eg as a reference)

If you are successfull and are chosen to go on an Exchange, you agree to produce an illustrated report of about 400 words, or video, or social media blog about your exchange experience, suitable for publication by ASTO. You should also be prepared to speak about your experience at an ASTO or ASTO-member function.

Take a look at the illustrated reports from previous exchanges that can be downloaded from the "Past Exchange Reports" menu on top left.


OK, you meet the criteria - so here's how you apply:

In a letter to ASTO, explain why you feel you would be the best person to represent UK Sail Training overseas and why you should be selected for the Exchange.

Please include the following information:

  • your Sail Training experience,
  • your age and date of birth
  • details of the supporting organisation(s) whose vessel(s) you have sailed on.
  • Any dates you are not availble to take the voyage
  • e-mail address and
  • mobile phone number.

Send your application to ASTO, UNit 10 North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport PO12 1BP, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marking the application 'International Exchange'.  

We look forward to hearing from you!