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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.
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 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.
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 www.rtyccharity.org
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.
Local Sailing and Yacht Clubs