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shaping a brighter future

for young people around the world

shaping a brighter future

for young people around the world


Sail Training International is a global charity delivering life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people through sail training.

For over 60 years we have been dedicated to changing young lives through the transformative experience of a sail training voyage at sea.

Taking part in a sail training voyage helps young people grow in confidence, discover hidden strengths and develop the skills they need to succeed in their adult lives.

Through our world-famous events, The Tall Ships Races, and a range of bursaries we offer life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people worldwide, fostering confidence, resilience, and unlocking untapped potential.

Your support will help us to continue delivering these vital opportunities for teenagers and young adults around the world.

Every gift makes a difference, and a donation of just £150 can fund a young person for one night of a week-long sail training voyage.


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“I’ve gained independence,
self-esteem, self-belief and I now know that I can do much more than I ever thought I could.”

“I have learned so much from my time at sea, met amazing people and gained memories I will never forget… and last but not least, I learned how to sail a ship!”
Janos, 16


For over 60 years we have been the international voice of sail training, delivering truly unique experiential learning opportunities for young people, helping them to develop key skills required to succeed in their home life and future careers.

Through our world-famous events, The Tall Ships Races, we have been able to deliver thousands of sail training opportunities for young people.

Since 1956 they have helped young people develop a range of key skills and enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience of challenge, adventure, and personal growth at sea.

Creating a lasting impact

Since the first race in 1956, The Tall Ships Races continue to change the lives of thousands of young people each year, the majority of whom have never sailed before. Every year they act as a beacon of International Friendship and understanding, welcoming trainees, crews and ships from around the world.

Over the last 60 years, they have made such a positive global impact promoting international friendship and understanding that Sail Training International was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

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OVER £1,000,000 IN FUNDING

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Can you help us change a life?

By donating, you can help to keep a priceless learning opportunity available to help young people improve teamwork and communication skills, develop self-confidence and other vital life skills.


Help us to continue our vital work through a donation with the Charities Aid Foundation.

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Leaving a gift in your will is a simple and effective way to support the work we do.

“I met so many new people and finally know what real teamwork means.

“The community and friendships which were formed were lifelong. You are opened up to new perspectives and cultures.”
Grace, 21

Find Out More

Find out more about the important work we do supporting young people through funds and bursaries, delivering sail training opportunities through The Tall Ships Races and furthering sail training through different research programmes.


We create opportunities for disadvantaged young people from different backgrounds to take part through funds and bursaries.


Since 1956, we have organised The Tall Ships Races, providing over 100,000 opportunities for young people in the last ten years alone.


We fund international research and programmes that help to develop sail training and further change people’s lives.

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The adventure starts here

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