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Proceeds from this great new book go towards bursary funding to enable more people to take part in Sail Training.

Funding Your Voyage

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

Charitable Trusts providing funding for Sail Training voyages: (this list is regularly updated)
Bursaries for specific events - see below

Two sources of bursary funding are available to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2015: 

 The Oman Bursary awards up to €500 to trainees from all over the world to enable them to take part in a Tall Ships Race. You don't need to have a berth booked as the bursary process will allocate you to a suitable ship. Application is via the STI website here. There is no closing date but last year funding ran out by March so get your appliations in quickly!

 The STI/ASTO Bursary is a similar programme and is administered by the national Sail Training Organisations. ASTO have up to £380 per trainee available to take part on board an ASTO member vessel. Other UK vessels may be considered. To apply, find a berth on a boat (check who's taking part under Events - Tall Ships Races) and print out and complete the application form. Send your completed form before 6th March 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ASTO, Unit 10 North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, PO12 1BP

Funding for Sail Training voyages at any time of year:

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.

James Myatt enjoyed sailing with the Sea scouts in Leigh on Sea in Essex when he was a teenager. As an adult in the 1960s in the very early days of Sail Training in this country he helped to start and expand Sail Training opportunities and schemes. He led many sail training expeditions. He sailed Tawau in the first Sail Training Association race across the Atlantic in 1964. He helped to start friendship cruises with Polish, Russian and other countries' ships and helped make sail training truly international.  He was a great leader and made the hardest of things possible and fun. He was resourceful and a great man.

He died when he was 51 in 1982. His friends and colleagues missed his friendship, enthusiasm and leadership. He was generous to everyone with his time and effort and did so much. James's friends, family and colleagues started the fund in 1984 and gave generously to support young people and remember James Myatt's contributions to Sail Training.

 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

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.


Rotary Clubs

Local Sailing and Yacht Clubs