Pelican's tall ships Youth Adventure Voyages are specifically for young people aged 15-25. These exciting voyages of between 5-15 days are designed to be challenging, enabling crew members to develop both personally and as part of a team.
We also offer a number of voyages each year to school groups. Please contact us if you or your school, college, university, youth group or other youth organisation would like more information on this.
Instruction in seamanship and navigation is given by the permanent crew and you can obtain seatime towards RYA or MCA qualifications. A voyage on Pelican can also count towards the residential element of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and other awards.
Each voyage is unique and special. The individuals on board become a ship's crew. Being on board is a hands-on experience which involves more than just sailing - it will include sail handling, watch keeping, working aloft, navigation, ship's cleaning, maintenance and food preparation. Whilst having an amazing time, you will create memories and form friendships that last a lifetime.
Want to know what others thought of their time onboard? Read about their experiences in our Young People's Blogs section.
Each year, Adventure Under Sail holds a number of short voyages aimed at students. These operate out of Weymouth, Dorset, and typically last around 4 nights.
The ship generally sails out of Weymouth and along the South coast of England - wherever the wind may take her! She will return to Weymouth Harbour at the end of the short voyage. Our aim is to make these voyages exciting, educational and inspiring.
TS Pelican is a sail training vessel, which means our crew and volunteers are trained and experienced in working with young people and encouraging them to develop their sailing skills. We also find that sail training is a wonderful platform for interpersonal development too, with young people leaving the ship more confident, disciplined and focused.
Students are encouraged to get involved with the sailing of the ship, giving them the opportunity of a real hands-on sailing experience. This can include taking the helm to steer, pulling on ropes, climbing the rigging to release and operate the sails, as well as more domestic duties such as assisting the cook. Teachers and other youth workers are very welcome to join a voyage, though usually no chaperone is necessary.
Students, parents and teachers are encouraged to visit the ship to have a look around and speak with staff and crew about what our voyages entail.
Please be aware that all voyage itineraries can change without notice, since we are at the mercy of the weather and wind. A change in weather or operational reasons can mean we are unable to visit a port as planned or that time ashore is lengthened or shortened.
The whole experience was amazing, it's hard to explain because it's not just one thing, it's all of it that makes it amazing.