Our Lottery project is open to anyone in or near Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. We mainly focus on young people aged 12 to 30, but can accept older trainees who are disadvantaged by homelessness, unemployment, disability, and drug or alcohol recovery for instance. We set 12 as a minimum age because we only carry adult size life jackets and waterproofs, also younger children get homesick, however if you have a keen 11 year old let us know.
The groups of four plus one leader can come from any organization or a collection of individuals. Accommodation is in a fore cabin for two and the saloon for four, so same sex groups might be easier. if you have girls under 18, the leader must be female, as our staff are mostly male.
If you want to sail with us and know four people who would really benefit – get in touch. It is that simple!
We ask each trainee to pay £20 only, for their food for the voyage. This ensures that trainees have some investment in the project but we can waive this amount if it is problematic. The cost of the five day voyage, normally £2400, is paid for by the Big Lottery Fund.
Normally we run five day competent crew courses from 10am Mondays to 3pm Fridays, We can also run two weekends to get the Start Yachting qualification for people at school or college, who can’t get away during the week.
Choose some dates from the latest bookings page
Each participant must fill in the Voyage Booking Form in plenty of time, so that we can get guardian/parental consent for under 18’s. Any adult traveling with under 18’s must have a current Debarring Service certificate – the old police check. We can help with this if you give us plenty of notice. We have risk assessments and insurance documents here that may be needed by parents or organizations.
We ask that all trainees agree to our sailing rules – read below.
There is a kit list as well as a suggested menu for the food you need to organise here.
We suggest that you don’t bring expensive electronic equipment as it will be ruined by sea water. Mobile use and personal stereos are resticted on deck for safety reasons.
From Lowestoft, we will sail to Ipswich or Harwich on the first day. This will be a long and challenging sail. If the wind and tides are against us we may do this on the second day, spending the first night in Yarmouth perhaps. We will then spend two or three days sailing around the Rivers between Ipswich, Harwich and Maldon whilst we train you to run the boat. On the last day you will sail the boat home to Lowestoft. Hopefully we will have a barbecue one evening and spend a night at anchor somewhere. Have a look at facebook for recent voyages.
At the beginning and end of the year we sail from Ipswich to avoid long, cold and dark passages along the coast. We are more likely to then explore other rivers like the Blackwater and the Deben. Weekends from Lowestoft may involve a night in Yarmouth, whilst weekends from Ipswich may spend a night in Harwich.
Please let us know if you are having problems – please do not cancel at the last minute. It takes a lot of money every year to get the boat ready for you, and a late cancellation will mean that we cannot meet targets for our own funding from the Lottery.
A voyage on board Leila is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, face new challenges, overcome fears and achieve things you didn’t think you would be able to do. It could be part of a successful college, university or job application.
Completing a voyage demonstrates that there might be more to you than someone who just sits at home, playing computer games and watching Facebook.
Even if you are a high achiever with a long list of exam passes or successes in other fields, a voyage adds an extra dimension to your record.
Here are just a few of the experiences from a voyage which can be relevant in other areas of your life:
One thing is definite, you will never forget your time on Leila!
Leila Sailing Trust promises to provide a safe and positive learning environment for everybody to experience adventure under sail.
This means the crew will be encouraged to take part in all aspects of running the sailing vessel and work will be shared evenly by all.
Everybody will have the opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns which they may have throughout the voyage.
There are some important rules which must be followed to help make this happen:
Young people leaving the Vessel
You are expected to involve yourself in the running of the vessel as directed by the Skipper and other sea staff. If you fail to do so, or engage in behavior that is disruptive or offensive then you will be dismissed from the voyage.