Project information

Youth Training on Tall Ship Pelican

Development of personal and professional skills through sail training aboard TS Pelican; individuals leaving the ship at the end of the voyage with their heads held high, feeling motivated, worthy and driven. No previous sailing experience is needed for individuals to come on board and work as 'trai

April 2017 - April 2017

Charity information: Adventure Under Sail

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  • Need


    Many youngsters face isolation, low morale and self-esteem. This can lead to a lack of work experience and young people leaving education without the right skills. Those leaving education are typically described as being 'book taught' but having no practical skills or workplace experience, struggling in the transition between school and work. The risk then is of entering “a vicious cycle” of decreasing skills capacity and reduced potential to successfully enter the employment market.


    We want young people to be engaged, challenged and to realise their true potential. From feedback, we know that these sailing voyages offer extremely successful outcomes with individuals leaving the ship at the end of the voyage with their heads held high, motivated, worthy and driven. People have better chances in life - after taking part in this training programme individuals will have gained valuable, practical training and skills which are transferable to the workplace and everyday life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the lives of young people through the unique experience of sail training on Pelican


    » Sail training offers youngsters sail handling, watch keeping, working aloft giving unique personal emotional and character building as well as skills.

    What success will look like

    We have many years experience working with youngsters. We will carry out crew assessments of each trainee, Feedback questionnaires and each trainee completes a Pelican workbook.

  • Impact


    individuals will have gained valuable, practical skills which are transferable to the workplace (as well as everyday life). They will have an experience to add to their CV so they will stand out and demonstrate that they have done something challenging and beneficial. The crew complete a HELM (human element, leadership and management) with the trainees; this will be part of their overall feedback and outcome report for them to use in their future career development.


    We carry out risk assessment prior to each voyage. the mix of personalities, experience and capability can are a risk, but our crew are seasoned and used to applying different tools and techniques to support, encourage and inspire our trainees. A thorough pre-voyage briefing and training session is held to put trainees at ease and instil confidence.


    We will report outcomes on each voyage on our standard report format. In addition we can provide personal testimonies (encouraged) from trainees and crew. where appropriate, trainee handbooks can demonstrate progress and outcomes

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,420

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,420 Sail training TS Pelican operating costs for tall ship pelican for voyage based on burseries for 28 trainees over 4 days
  • Background


    Tall Ship Pelican is based in Weymouth, Dorset. Locally, there are areas of deprivation with youngsters experiencing isolation and loneliness, and unable to access suitable training or employment. Our programmes reach across the UK, we partner with organisations to facilitate the bursaries to vulnerable young adults. TS Pelican is a 45m Tall Ship with a Barquentine mainmast (11 sails) originally built in LeHavre as a trawler in 1948, and converted to a bespoke Sail training ship in 2007.


    Our sail training programme is an adventure activity for young people aged between 15 and 25 of all abilities. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far, far beyond this. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents and understand the value of working as a team. In some programmes today it forms the setting for much wider aspects of education at sea.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Adventure Under Sail (AUS) is a registered charity formed in 2008. Its remit is to use sail training as a medium for enhancing professional and personal development. We have operated voyages for people aged 15 - 80 years, and day sails from age 12. We have considerable experience of managing bursaries for those young people who would otherwise have been unable to take part in the experience of sail training. we can demonstrate a track record in delivering excellent outcomes for young trainees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rikk Butler

    CEO and project manager. Rikk has overall responsibility for each voyage project

    Brandon Ridgeway

    Sales Assistant. Brandon will liaise with the trainees and provide pre-boarding information and support

    Becky Simmons

    Becky works with the various agencies and ensures we reach out to appropriate vulnerable young adults for the voyages

    Mick Cunningham

    Ship's captain. Mick will ensure the safety , and the successful outcomes for those onboard. Mick will ensure that the crew fulfil their roles.