Unlocking the potential of young people.

We sail with young people from a wide range of backgrounds from 12 to 25 years of age. In most cases these young people will have no previous sailing experience.


We believe that all young people, regardless of circumstance or ability should have the opportunity to realise their true potential in order for them to live healthy, fulfilling lives – making a positive contribution to their community and to society in general.


We exist to inspire young people through the challenge of adventure under sail. Residential voyages aboard Leila provide a uniquely powerful and extremely effective environment for the personal development of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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Our Voyages

Our voyages are inherently safe, however the unpredictable nature of sail training presents real and honest physical, mental and emotional challenges. It is a genuinely life changing experience with many unique learning experiences.

Through this shared challenge and adventure of life at sea, we aim to empower young people to discover their true potential by:

  • Building Self Confidence
  • Respect for themselves and others
  • Experiencing the need for teamwork and mutual trust
  • Developing problem solving and leadership skills
  • Taking responsibility for their own actions and decisions
  • Developing social and life skills
  • Experience of healthy living
  • Understanding the needs and backgrounds of others
  • A sense of community and active citizenship
  • Developing a sense of equality and fairness
  • Promoting an awareness and respect for the environment
  • Promoting the importance of lifelong learning
  • Improved literacy and numeracy
  • A range of nationally recognized qualifications
  • Learning a range of sailing and navigation skills


We develop four capacities in the young people we work with. We help them to achieve increased:

  • Self-confidence
  • Responsibility and respect
  • Resilience to keep going when it gets tough
  • The ability to communicate and work with others


As well as our core outcomes, we place an emphasis on four practical outcomes:

  • The improved understanding of literacy, numeracy, communication & technology.
  • The improved ability to learn from experience and plan for the future.
  • The improved ability to maintain a happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
  • The ability to maintain a working routine, take responsibility and adapt to change.


Through a combination of shore-based preparation, planning and a residential water based voyage, we help young people recognize the benefits of change. Whether this change is a natural part of their progression to adulthood or a desire to improve their surroundings and prospects, all participants find new skills and strengths.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for young people regardless of circumstance or ability, and can give access to bursaries.