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Things to Consider

The aim of sail training is the same, no matter which voyage you take. However, each vessel is different, so there are a few things you need to think about.

When we say we believe that sailing is an activity for everyone, we mean it, and having a disability shouldn’t restrict anyone from taking part. Even wheelchair users can climb the rigging. Each vessel that welcomes people with disabilities will make this clear. So, don’t let anything stop you finding out just how much you really can achieve. Below are just a things to consider when picking your adventure.


The “operational language” on board a vessel is used to give instructions. There will likely be lots of other crewmates who speak it. Other languages are also used, although English is widely spoken. It’s worth checking which languages are used before you book.


Many vessels cater for vegetarian or gluten free diets, although not all will. So, check that your dietary requirements can be accommodated when you book. Some of the smaller vessels will provide set menus, so you might even know what you’ll be eating before you travel. And, if you like cooking, then you’ll certainly get an opportunity to demonstrate your skills in the galley.

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The environment is important to us… and we know it’s important to you, too. Of course, sailing vessels are naturally a sustainable form of travel, but we also want to promote thinking “green” and good environmental practice as much as we can.

Lots of sail training Tall Ships are signed up to the Blue Flag Scheme – you’ll see this listed on their vessel page. It proves that they do everything they can to minimise their environmental impact.


We don’t want you to worry about the cost of taking part in a sail training experience. There are several different bursary schemes available, and many trainees successfully cover their own costs by fundraising. A number of vessels of all classes also offer different funding options – check out their websites for more information.

Bear these factors in mind when you decide how to organise your adventure. By doing this, you’ll find a vessel that’s right for you, and you’ll get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime sail training experience.