Morvargh Sailing Project uses sail training as a personal development tool for young people aged 14+, taking them to sea in our 57-foot Tall Ship Helen Mary R. We sail from Plymouth with around 200 young people each year who we call trainees. Around two-thirds of our trainees will be disadvantaged or vulnerable in some way and we work in partnership with other organisations both to select these young people and also to ensure that the lessons learned and achievements made on a voyage are carried through to life ashore.
Taking part in a sail training voyage brings benefits to all sorts of young people (and adults!); perhaps their lives are dominated by television and computer games and they really need an active outdoor adventure; maybe they are high achievers who need to broaden their experiences beyond endless exams; or they may be doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and looking to stretch themselves through a challenging adventure.
For all these young people, a voyage is designed to develop confidence, team-working, the ability to cope with unfamiliar situations, and tolerance and understanding of others. Young crew members not only sail the boat, keep watch and help to navigate; they also learn basic life skills such as cooking and healthy eating.
We also provide a number of voyages for adults such as our experience sailing days and corporate development or entertainment. These voyages are designed to support the work we do with young people, are full cost and as such help to subsidise our youth voyages. As our experience sailing days are scheduled around our sail training voyages.
We currently offer the following voyages:
Our youth scheme voyages are categorised as either ‘Adventure, Explore, Expedition, Race or Experience’. It is important that participants understand what these ratings mean and that they have selected an appropriate trip for themselves. If you are new to sailing and are unsure about any aspect we suggest taking part in an ‘Experience’ rated voyage first so that you know what to expect.
Explore: These trips have low mileage for the time allotted and are almost entirely coastal and day sailing in nature. There may be an overnight sail or a day when you head further offshore, but most of the time you will be close to the coast and having plenty of time to explore ashore. If you are completely new to sailing or nervous about your capabilities, these would be an ideal entry point.
Adventure: Trips with an adventure rating will cover much greater mileage than an explore trip. Crews will get the chance to head to sea properly and sail for a few days or nights and really get into life on board an ocean going yacht. We still aim to allow a good bit of time to head ashore and explore, but as distances increase so does our reliance on weather windows and conditions. Sailors often find it’s a matter of hurry up and wait. If you love heading offshore, arriving in new lands and are confident that you will be able to cope with a few days at sea, even if conditions deteriorate, then these are going to be fantastic trips for you.
Expedition: These are trips into the wild and far off the beaten track. Facilities will probably be very limited and we can make very few promises about what to expect. This is true adventure not a packaged experience, so if you want your hot showers guaranteed and need creature comforts on tap then these are not for you. But if you get excited by heading to some remote sailing grounds, into areas that few yachts frequent – with all the rewards that come with that – then you will love an expedition rated trip. Just don’t ask us what comes next – because we don’t know either!
Race: Trips with a race rating are a fantastic opportunity to take part in a Tall Ships race. Races can attract a diverse fleet of international vessels from up to 30 different countries. And, they can bring up to four million visitors and 400 media representatives to the ports we visit. Nothing can quite prepare you for the unforgettable atmosphere of racing. Picture yourself sailing on a beautiful Tall Ship, way out at sea, with the waves crashing against the hull, no land in sight, the sun rising behind you, and your closest competitor hot on your heels. Races and Regattas are broken down into “legs,” or races. The number of legs depends on how many host ports are taking part – you’ll race from one port to the next. We want everyone who takes part to have fun… but don’t forget that it’s a race, with lots of trophies and prizes up for grabs.
Experience: Create memories that last a lifetime, join us aboard for a hands on sailing holiday or day voyage. Trips with an experience rating have low mileage and are normally short coastal hops or just within Plymouth Sound.All of our voyages are ‘hands on’ that merge traditional seamanship on a modern vessel. You can relax and enjoy the grace, seaworthiness and character that makes Helen Mary R unique, in fact she is one of only 14 Bowman 57’s. Whether you are a novice or old salt voyages are suitable for all. With no experience necessary, come and experience sailing at its best. We welcome solo adventurers, couples, or groups of friends or family of all ages.
We have partnered with the National Marine Aquarium to assist us in delivering the first module of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) workshops. The STEM workshops allow us to use the exciting and dynamic environment of Plymouth Sound to deliver a range of lessons to schools and colleges that complement work within the National Curriculum.
Our STEM Workshops are delivered both at the National Marine Aquarium and by sailing on our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R and follows our core ethos of using sail training to inspire and change lives. We use the sea as our classroom and its wildlife, people, and most importantly its heritage all have valuable lessons that can teach and educate our young people into having a better understanding themselves, their place in society and how they can protect it for the future.
Delivered over two days, the Marine Environment Workshop is designed from the outset to be a hands-on experiential learning experience allowing students to learn whilst studying in two very different environments.
Experience Sailing Days, Bring the family along on one of our Tall Ship Experience days, introduce them to sailing on this fun and exhilarating trip! At 57ft long ‘Helen Mary R’ is large enough to be stable, but fast enough to be exciting for both novice and experienced sailors alike. With a real “hands-on” focus everyone can get involved, with children and adults all getting the opportunity to steer the boat, work on the foredeck and just enjoy the thrill of sailing. With family fun as the main aim of the trip, our Skipper and Crew will ensure there is lots of action throughout.
When you arrive you will have an opportunity to look around the yacht, before the Skipper gives a short safety brief and kits everyone up in lifejackets and wet weather clothing (if required). Then we will slip lines and motor out to Plymouth Sound where everyone will work together to help hoist the sails and get ‘Helen’ sailing.
Our Tall Ship Experience days are great sport for the family, as it is something everyone can do together. Whether it’s pretending to be on the Black Pearl, the rush of steering a 57ft yacht, pleasure at harnessing power from the wind alone or just the fun of working as part of the team, there is something for everyone to take away from this experience.
Please note: Children must be over 6 stone for our voyages due to life jacket sizing.