Your chance to captain a ship!

The Challenger


TEEN SAILING TRIP, July 29 – August 3. Portsmouth, England.

This is an amazing, FREE opportunity open to teenagers aged 12+ with a bleeding disorder. 


About the trip:

On July 29, we will fly from Scotland down to Southampton and stay the night on the Challenger ship in Portsmouth. In the morning of July 30, we will begin our voyage and set sail from Portsmouth to Cowes, Poole, Weymouth and Lymington before returning to Portsmouth on August 3.

Throughout the trip, we will sail in the mornings and sightsee and explore around the different ports in the afternoon and evening.

As described on the Tall Ships website, “As well as learning to sail, you will be fully integrated into the crew, responsible for running the vessel 24/7 which includes learning to navigate and read charts, as well as assisting in the galley and helping to maintain the vessel. You will gain so much experience from sailing with us, not only will you leave with new peers and buckets of enthusiasm but you will also have more confidence in yourself, learn how to take on a challenge and overcome hurdles, be willing to take on new responsibilities and hopefully leave with a passion for sailing.”

We will fly back to Scotland in the evening of August 3.

The nearby haemophilia centres in Portsmouth, Cowes, Poole and Weymouth know we are doing this trip and there will be two haemophilia nurses and specialist youth workers onboard.

>> To apply, please email BEFORE APRIL 20 and in no more than 300 words, explain why you would like to go on the trip and the impact it will have on your life.

If you have any queries, please email We will organise an event closer to the time to discuss any queries parents may have.


About the Challenger boat:

  • Name: CHALLENGER 3
  • Class: C
  • Nationality: UK
  • Year built: 2000
  • Home port: Portsmouth
  • Rig: Bm Cutter
  • Height: 27.54 m
  • Length: 21.99 m

The Tall Ships Challenger Fleet yachts are 22 metre (72 foot) steel hulls built in 2000 and designed to race around the world ‘’the wrong way’’ (against prevailing wind and tide), so are exceptionally strong and seaworthy.

There are four yachts in the Challenger fleet and they are operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. The charity, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007, also operates the brig Stavros S Niarchos, a catamaran and a ketch.

The Challengers, which can each accommodate a crew of up to 18, previously took part in the Round the World Challenge races. They are modern, safe, purpose-built yachts, perfect for sail training and coastal adventures. With a Bermudan Cutter Rig, the Challengers can sail with a mainsail, two headsails and a spinnaker. They have a large cockpit, sturdy decks and a state of the art navigational suite.

More information on Tall Ships can be found at

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