Tall ships 2018 – don’t miss the boat!

Tall Ships voyage

July 15 to August 8, 24 days for £1000.

15 July – 20 July Lowestoft to Esbjerg  – set sail across the North Sea via Holland to join the Fleet for a festival in Denmark.

20 July ~28 July Esbjerg to Stavanger  – join the fleet for a cruise in company to a festival in the Norwegian Fjords.

28 July – 8 August Race  to Harlingen in Holland for the closing festival then home.

FUNDING FOR UNDER 26-y-o’s –Up to 500 Euros from Oman Bursary, up to £1k from Norfolk Boat.

WE can take anybody over 16, but have to have half the crew under 26 for the race.



Chatham to Gosport Small Ships Race

August 16 to 28 – no passport needed, ages 12 to 26

aug 16 to 18 lowestoft to chatham free
18 to 24 race chatham to gosport £480pp
24 to 28 gosport to lowestoft free

Sail training ships crewed by young people aged 15-25 from all over the world gather for the Tall Ships Race. The fleet ranges from the largest square-rigged vessels to smaller boats – traditional and modern. You race at sea all day and all night , and then party in port. Challenge and celebration!

Why race on Leila?

  • With a smaller boat, you get to be more involved
  • With her age and grace, she is a centre of attraction at the festival.

We take both male and female crew, and no previous sailing experience is required – all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm, a willingness to join in, learn new skills and work together with the rest of the crew – and a will to win!.

Always an unforgettable experience!


“It has been a life-changing journey with unforgettable memories. A new and improved me, with a love for the sea.” Amy Howell 2015 crew.


Following the success of the 2015 challenge when the crew sailed from Lowestoft as novices and returned 26 days later as watch leaders, we are offering the long voyages again. You get to be a real part of the crew. There is no room for passengers!

We have to charge for crew berths to maintain the boat, but are one of the cheapest and will help you raise the money. All food and accommodation is included. The cost per person per day is £80 but we will help you raise this amount as long as you contact us early enough.

Find out more…

Whats been said.

In 2013 we raced in the Baltic Tall Ships Race as far as Helsinki.

One of our Race One crew, Hugo Pickup, is already training as a mate and sailing regularly with us again. Tai Anna who crewed in the second race is now our trainee mate.

The mother of two youngsters who did the ASTO race to Cowes in August said,


They have had a fantastic experience and talked of nothing else last night.See a 12 year old’s story.


Angus Wilkes raced from Denmark when the crew had to be transferred to a Dutch boat because of engine failure and wrote afterwards,


“Dear David, I am writing to thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to sail in the Tall Ships Races. I had one of the best times of my life. It was great to get involved with. I was very sorry about Leila’s engine – it was such a disappointment not to be able to do the trip on her. Nevertheless it was a great relief that we got to do the Race on De Gallant. Both on Leila and de Gallant I got to meet lots of new people. In some sense you were very lucky as you missed the storm and bad weather! You must have worked very quickly to get a new engine installed and make it to Helsinki only one day after we arrived. I loved Aarhus, it was great to spend time with everyone before we set off – the start line was an unforgettable sight. All of the ships at sea with their sails up is an image I shall never forget. It was lucky that it was so calm as we spent most of the day stationary and we were able to get a great view around us. I never would have imagined sailing across the Baltic Sea had somebody said that 12 months ago. I already want to do it again possibly next year!Thanks again, Angus”