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First time on a trip?

Most young people first sail with the Trust on a four-day trip. These take place from either Cowes on the Isle of Wight or Largs in Scotland, and they are awesome.

The majority of young people have finished treatment the first time they come on a four-day trip. They live, sleep and eat onboard, getting involved in every part of boat life, including cooking, washing up and even cleaning the toilets too!

Sailing, BBQs, games, and legendary water fights are the tip of the iceberg in four days of life-changing fun, as the young person starts believing in the word CAN again.

More about our four-day trips

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A typical trip itinerary

One of the most special things about our four-day trips in Cowes and Largs is that no two trips are ever the same.
But here’s an idea of what you could look forward to…

Day 1
  • Meet up with others from hospital
  • Travel to Cowes/Largs
  • Welcome and boat tour
  • Fun ‘get-to-know-you’ activities
  • Cook and eat on boat
  • Sleep onboard the yacht
Day 2
  • Go sailing for first time
  • Visit local town for ice cream
  • Moor at new port
  • Crabbing and fishing
  • Cook dinner on boat
  • Lights out
Day 3
  • Go sailing
  • Moor at new port
  • Fun activities on beach
  • Fish & chip supper
  • Uno and other games
  • Lights out
Day 4
  • Sail back to base
  • Pack up & clean boat
  • Enjoy final lunch together
  • Say ‘see you soon’ to new friends
  • Travel back to families
  • Go to bed smiling

Who?

Age 8 - 17

2 children sailing a yacht

Being in the bubble of cancer treatment strips away confidence, for young people and their parents too.

Our four-day trips give young people permission to be well again and parents permission to let go.

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Age 18 - 24

young woman sailing a yacht

Just when a young person is becoming independent and establishing their own identity, cancer means they need to be looked after again.

Our four-day trips treat them as young adults and equals.

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What?

4 day sailing trips

4 day trips

The start of a lifelong relationship young people can choose to have with the Trust, where they can step outside their illness in an inspiring, fun environment with other young people who understand exactly what they been through.

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Return to Sail trip

Return to sail

We know most young people need support over time, not just a one-off trip. Every young person who comes on a four-day trip is invited to sail with us again and again. This is where we keep making a real difference.

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Graduate Volunteer scheme

Return to volunteer

Our Return to Volunteer programme gives young people who first sailed with the Trust after cancer the chance to come back and inspire others to enjoy their lives and look ahead to positive futures.

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other cool stuff

Other cool stuff

Being involved with the Trust opens up a lifetime of opportunities, from coming back as volunteers, gaining a new hobby and sailing qualifications to taking part in one-off yachting adventures and even discovering potential maritime career pathways.

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Where?

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We work with young people from right across the UK.
And we provide free travel to one of our sailing bases in either Cowes or Largs.

Isle of wight

Cowes

Cruising around the Solent from the Trust’s Isle of Wight base, enjoying some of Britain’s most popular sailing waters, basking in the tranquility of Newtown Creek, enjoying the bustle of Yarmouth and getting a very warm welcome.

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Scotland

Largs

The spectacular setting of our Largs base on Scotland’s west coast is hard to beat. Cruising in the Firth of Clyde, with the mountainous backdrops of Cumbrae and Bute, you never know what incredible wildlife you will see.

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Get aboard!

Remember all of our trips are free to all young people in recovery from cancer.
If you are interested in coming on a trip speak to your CLIC Sargent social worker or hospital nurse or get in touch with us.

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The stuff you want to know before a trip…

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I’ve never been sailing before, does that matter?

Not at all! All our skippers and volunteers are very experienced and will teach you everything you need to know about the yachts and sailing. A lot of young people who come on the trips have never sailed before so you won’t be alone.

I still get really tired. Will this stop me coming on a trip?

No way! All our staff and volunteers understand the after-effects of cancer, including fatigue, can last a long time so can facilitate as many rest breaks as you need. You will be encouraged to join in all the activities, but won’t be forced to do anything you won’t be able to manage. We always also try to put young people into groups with similar abilities, so no one feels left out.

How many other young people will be on the trip?

Each trip varies but there will be a maximum of 36 young people on any trip. The group will be divided between a number of yachts – based on age and ability – and there will be a maximum of six young people on a yacht.

Do we go sailing the whole time?

No, the trip is based around a good mix of time sailing and on shore. When you are not sailing we do other things like fishing, crabbing, BBQs, playing games, and having A LOT of water fights!

I’m not as mobile as I was before treatment, can I still come on a trip?

We regularly have young people on trips with balance issues, prosthetics and mobility restrictions, so it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to come on a trip. We unfortunately aren’t currently able to look after young people who are fully wheelchair bound, as the space below deck isn’t big enough. But, if you use a chair for travelling distances, but could move around a small space you should be fine. We generally say you need to have the movement range to get yourself in and out of a bath. If you can be a bit wobbly on your feet you should be fine as there are plenty of things to hold on to around the boat and plenty of staff and volunteers to offer support if needed. Our two new Trust yachts in Cowes and in Largs – have also been specially adapted to meet the common needs of our young people

What do I need to bring?

Closer to the time of your trip we will send you a Trip Handbook containing all the information you will need, including a full kit list. You won’t need any specialist clothing or equipment, just normal clothes, including some warm layers, shoes you don’t mind getting wet and a pillow. We will provide all waterproofs and lifejackets.

 

What if I get seasick?

We want our trips to be fun so we will never go out to sea if it’s really rough or windy. You won’t actually go sailing on the first day of your trip, as we believe this helps you adjust to the motion of being on a boat, helping prevent any seasickness. We also have many tips and tricks to help anyone suffering from seasickness.

What is the food like?

We have a good mix of meals that you will help to prepare. We try to cater for everyone’s needs and diets and aim to promote a healthy diet. If you do have any special dietary requirements these go on to your Medical Form.

Does it matter if I can’t swim?

Nope! During the trips we don’t actually go in the sea, so you don’t need to be able to swim. Lifejackets will be provided for when you are sailing.

Where will I sleep?

Everyone will be sleeping onboard our yachts. You will be sharing a cabin with at least one other young person of the same sex and a similar age. The cabins are cosy, but they are just for sleeping in.