School voyages

Typically we run five day sail training voyages (Monday morning to Friday afternoon) from April until October. We also exceptionally offer weekend sails from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, but these are not as effective.

We usually stay in home waters and sail to Ipswich and the rivers Orwell and Stour – at the request of funders.


  • Throughout year from Easter – autumn half term
  • Program of sailing in year tailored to school timetable of exams etc, eg Year 11s after exams in June, Yr 10s earlier in year.
  • Individuals (must be age 16+) will be able to participate in annual international tall ships race in summer holidays.


  • Groups of 4 students + 1 Adult from school
  • Leila will have skipper and mate
  • Age/year group – KS3&4, Yrs 7-11, (12+) age groups will not be mixed;
  • Any ability – particularly effective for students with learning disabilities and/or low self esteem


  • 5 day trips, or 2 weekends


  • Trip tailored to school needs, we will work with school to meet school-led targets.
  • Important that each participating school has teacher leading school’s engagement in Leila sail training.
  • Learning about sailing, boats, the sea, themselves, team-working.
  • Training available to achieve Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew Certificate (five days), or the Start Yachting certificate over two weekends,
  • Counts as residential course under Duke of Edinburgh.


  • We have lottery funding for schools in or near Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, and also access to other funds for schools outside this area. For students who cannot afford the full price of £80 a day we can fund their voyage fully as long as each raises enough money to cover their food – about £20 each for five days. We also ask the school or group to organise the food as this is part of the training.

Facilities, Health & Safety Etc

  • Vessel MCA coded, ASTO registered
  • Skipper and mate DBS checked. Skipper is qualified teacher.
  • 6 berths, 4 students in saloon, 2 for leadrr and possibly a DBS checked volunteer mate in fore-cabin. Crew sleep in aft-cabin.
  • Galley (Kitchen), heads (toilet). No showers – taken on shore on arrival at port.
  • Documentation and risk assessment is on the website – risk assessment and insurance