Adventure Under Sail is a registered charity formed in 2008 to support young people to participate in sail training voyages. Through the availability of bursaries, those who would otherwise have been unable to take part in the experience of sail training have been given an opportunity to sample life on board the TS Pelican. Our sail training voyages are open to all young people irrespective of background or experience, though requirements for accessibility need to be individually risk assessed due to the nature of a tall ship.
Bursaries for young people are partially funded by the provision of day sails and mixed-age voyages.
AUS is managed by a board of Trustees, each of whom comes from a different background (e.g. business, charity, legal, maritime, etc) and who each bring different skills to the charity.
A small yet dynamic office team work from the ship's home port of Weymouth, Dorset, to provide an exciting sailing programme each year as well as maintaining the day-to-day running of the charity.
Sail Training International describe sail training as:
"...an adventure activity for people of all ages and 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.
"Sail training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most who undertake sail training on Tall Ships it is a positive life-changing experience."
These principles are very important to AUS and outcome monitoring is actively sought for young people and young adults in order to gauge the benefits to them of time on board the ship. These include personal development markers such as self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership, etc, which help young people develop into young adults and responsible and employable members of society.