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. Our voyages are open to those aged 15 - 80 years, with day sails from age 12 upwards. We also have specific youth and adult voyages, with the higher price of adult voyages funding bursaries for those young people who would otherwise have been unable to take part in the experience of sail training.
Our sail training voyages are open to all, irrespective of background or experience, though requirements for accessibility need to be individually risk assessed due to the nature of a tall ship.
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.