How does Covid-19 impact Adventure Under Sail and it's stakeholders?

Adventure Under Sail’s first priority has always been the safety and welfare of everyone involved with the charity. Therefore, upon the safe and successful completion of Pelican’s Atlantic adventure with Ocean College in April, we like many others, placed our summer season on hold. This is in line with government guidance on avoiding unnecessary travel and social contact.

We were in contact with our partners who were due to sail on voyages during the 2020 season to confirm that their voyages cannot take place, and we have moved voyages to 2021 where possible with the interests of the young people, staff and volunteers who sail with us foremost in our minds.

We are extremely proud of the way on which we deliver sail training and personal development on board, and this is a reflection of the professionalism shown by our crew, staff and volunteers. Safety is our number one priority, however, we also believe that honesty and fairness lie at the heart of all we do. We continue to be in a very fast-moving situation but our decisions  will always be guided by what we believe to be in the best interests of all our stakeholders, and we will endeavor to keep people informed as things change.

Sail training changes lives and we firmly believe that young people – including those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable – benefit enormously from the experience we can offer.


We worked tirelessly to prepare for being back at sea when it is safe to do so. On August 1st 2020, with our partner Darwin200, the Pelican and Darwin trainees departed Sharpness Shipyard in a 'family bubble' to circumnavigate the UK  on a sailing programme over the following 7 weeks. They sailed around the UK on a Darwin science based voyage, keeping everyone protected from the Covid-19 Virus and complying with all of the guidelines; ensuring our commitment to quality and high standards. You can look back on their voyage and the 21 films recorded during the voyage on social media pages and at


With this experience behind us, we have embarked on our next voyage, the annual Atlantic adventure with Ocean College that departed October 2020 and will return in April 2021 with 35 trainee crew. Progress can be followed on social media, our tracker or the Ocean College website.

These have been difficult times for everyone, and there are still challenges ahead; we are extremely grateful to those who are able to offer support to see us through this time and beyond, thank you. Please stay safe but contact us if you have any questions.

Adrian Ragbourne


October 2020

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