Sail Training Info



Cook/Coxswain, TS JACK PETCHEY, based Gosport, PO12 2AB

Salary: £20,000 – £21,000, depending upon relevant skills and experience

"MSSC (Marine Society & Sea Cadets) is the nation’s largest maritime charity and the governing charity of the Sea Cadets, which gives 14,000 young people the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy.

We are seeking to appoint a Cook/Coxswain for TS JACK PETCHEY, a 24 metre power training vessel based in Gosport, to start as soon as possible. The vessel undertakes 6 day voyages for up to 12 Cadets at a time.

Applicants should have the requisite experience and ability to cook at sea to provide meals for the embarked crew, together with ordering and management of food stores.

As Coxswain, you will be responsible, in conjunction with the First Lt, for management of the ship’s routine with key responsibility for Cadet administration, morale, welfare and discipline.

The Swan Trust require a seasonal Skipper salary c. £27000

The Swan Trust is an established charity operating school trips, sailing charters and a programme of activities including sail training opportunities on the restored herring drifter SWAN in the UK and Scandinavia. The vessel regularly participates in Tall Ships Races, ASTO Small Ships Races and Nordisk Seilas.

A vacancy has arisen for a full-time paid skipper between April and September to operate our 67ft SWAN for the 2016 season. The role will primarily be based in Shetland with a key responsibility for ensuring the safe and efficient running of the vessel and voyages with the assistance of volunteer crew.

As a minimum, applicants should hold a commercially endorsed RYA Yachmaster (Off-shore) qualification or a recognised MCA equivalent with relevant hands-on sailing experience. Advantageous would be skills in youth development and/or marketing. If you are interested in this vacancy, please send your application and CV to:

Peter Campbell, Secretary, The Swan Trust, 8 Sandyloch Drive, Lerwick, Shetland UK ZE1 0SR.
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Ocean Youth Trust South is looking for four people to join their Core Refit Team of volunteers from November 2015 to March 2016.  Ocean Youth Trust South also need people to help out on any weekdays in September and October, please contact them for further details.

Refit Volunteers will be involved in a complete refit of the Sail Training vessel Prolific, and will receive food, accommodation and valuable experience in boat maintenance and repairs. Ideally volunteers must be aged 18+, there is no upper age limit. Practical skills in any aspect of boat maintenance will be an advantage but not essential. Core team volunteers should be hard-working, responsible and enthusiastic. The team all live together in a rented refit house (unless they have their own accommodation in the Southampton area) and it is vital that volunteers are also prepared to take responsibility for a share of cooking and cleaning in the house. These vacancies are ideal for anyone considering a career in the marine industry (though this is not essential). Refit volunteers often go on to become bosuns or watch leaders during the sailing season. Previous volunteers have also moved on to paid work in the sailing industry at first mate or skipper level, where an understanding of maintenance issues is imperative.

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Volunteer Refit Crew

November, December and January. Tall Ship Maybe requires volunteers for winter maintenance in Portugal. There will be the opportunity to help sail Tall Ship Maybe to Portugal from Gosport at the end of October and bring her back to Gosport at the end of February.

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Board and lodging provided during volunteer placement and contribution towards travel expenses.

Volunteer Crew 2016 Season.

Maybe Sailing are looking for volunteer crew for the 2016 season. Their season runs from March - October and they are looking for crew with a minimum of Competent Crew qualification. Minimum volunteering time - 1 month.

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Board and lodging provided during volunteer placement and contribution towards travel expenses.

Head of Sea Training – shore based in Gosport
Salary up to £50,000 gross per annum, depending on skills and experience

Sea Cadets part of the MSSC delivers life changing nautical adventure for young people. We aim to give them the best possible head start in life by offering an experience that inspires them to learn and develop new skills in a fun, safe and engaging maritime environment.

We have a really exciting opportunity for the right person to invest in the next generation of seafarers. We are looking for an exceptional individual to become our new Head of Sea Training.

In this senior role, you will be tasked with leading and developing our sea training programme for young people. This involves managing the team of employees and volunteers who run our sea training operation and operate our fleet of vessels to ensure we achieve our objectives.

"The Gordonstoun Sail Training Department requires a Second Mate for “Ocean Spirit of Moray” our 80’ Oyster ketch.

The post is for an immediate start and the contract will run until the end of our 2015 sailing season in mid-October. There will be further employment possibilities for the 2016 season and so the ideal candidate will be interested in a longer term commitment with Gordonstoun Sail Training.

We require candidates to hold a RYA Day Skipper or Watch Leader certificate (ideally with a commercial endorsement) and an MCA ENG1 medical fitness certificate. The minimum age for this post is 21. Ocean Spirit and the Gordonstoun campus are strictly non-smoking."

For further details of the post, the job description and remuneration package (which includes accommodation) please contact Ian Lerner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications should include an up to date sailing CV.

(More about the School, Sail Training and the Gordonstoun ethos can be found on their website

Maybe Sailing have opportunities for 2 volunteers from the 22nd August - end of October.

Volunteer 1st or 2nd Mate
Volunteer cook

Joining in Amsterdam 22 August and finishing in Portugal. Or alternatively joining in Hull 29 August.

Opportunity to remain on board in Portugal to assist with winter Re-fit, return to UK in February.

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The Jubilee Sailing Trust own & operate the 55m STS LORD NELSON & the 65m SV TENACIOUS, two purpose built barques used for the integration of able-bodied & physically disabled people.

They require an experienced Chief Mate with a minimum UK issued Chief Mate (Yacht) Certificate of Competency (or UK issued Certificate of Equivalent Competency). Responsible to the Master for the safe day to day running of the vessel, he/she is also the Ship's Safety & Security Officer, so experience working within ISM & ISPS legislation is essential.

2:1 work/leave ratio is standard with approx 6-8 weeks on / 3-4 weeks off tours of duty. Reduced work/leave ratios (e.g. 1:1) also possible.

The JST offers a very different type of Sail Training to others, so if you fancy the challenge of getting wheelchair users up the mast of a square rigged tall ship, then do get in touch.

Contact Jill Manser for more information:
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"This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster with Cruising Instructor (plus Keel Boat Instructor desirable).

The Chief Instructor is key to raising the aspirations of young people and you will have a strong background of working with young people to further develop their skills, through running an extensive sail training programme with onshore related activities.

Based in Portsmouth, the Chief Instructor will be responsible to the Sea School Principal for the management and running of the full summer and winter programmes, together with the operation and maintenance of the PSTT infrastructure.

Provide leadership and guidance to the PSTT sailing instructors, apprentices, volunteers and young people.

Permanent Crew Position

Do you like working with young people and making a difference in their lives? Working with like-minded people on one of New Zealand’s iconic sailing vessels that delivers a world renowned Youth Development Programme.

The Spirit of Adventure Trust requires an experienced First Mate for their 45metre barquentine the Spirit of New Zealand. The ship is based out of Auckland and operates around the coast of New Zealand all year round.

You will need to hold a current New Zealand certificate of Watchkeeper < 500GT (although a Master < 500GT Near Coastal qualification would be preferred ) or equivalent. Spirit of New Zealand is 184 GRT. In depth experience in square rig is essential and having a Nautical Institute Square Rig certificate or similar would be seen as beneficial.
NB Please note New Zealand is going through a conversion of certificates at the moment and, if you believe you have an equivalent UK ticket, we would encourage you to apply as they will look on this on a case by case basis.

Naturally you will be mature and responsible with an interest in the development of young people and experience in fostering team skills in group situations. The role is physical and proactive. The sailing roster is based around our 10-day youth programme, operating with two crews on a 10 day rotation.

If this sounds like you please send your application along with you current CV and qualifications to: An appropriate work visa will be required.

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Applications close 20th May 2015

Volunteer Skippers wanted for RoRo Sailing Project which provides sailing facilities for disabled people in purpose designed wheelchair accessible yachts.

Qualifications required = RYA Yachtmaster offshore


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Are you adapatable with a cheerful, optimistic personality and organised, with good administration skills? If the answer is yes, apply to join one of Jubilee Sailing Trust's magnificent Tall Ships and sail the seas as Medical Purser on board S.T.S. Lord Nelson & S.V. Tenacious.

JST are looking for a Nurse registered with the NMC and who has ideally worked in a clinical role within the last 6 months.

Further details

Volunteer as Third Officer

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of others? Volunteer as Third Officer on board S.T.S Lord Nelson and S.V Tenacious. UK OOW CoC or equivalent needed.

Benefits include: All travel paid, top quality food, visit exciting new ports.

No square rig sailing experience is needed.

For more information please contact Charlotte Butcher – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44 (0)23 8044 3113