Virtual Global Voyage

Help us virtually sail round the world to offer young people real life changing experiences.


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Chay's commentary

In 1971, Scotsman Sir Chay Blyth, perhaps the coolest man on the planet, sailed around the world 'the wrong way round' a.k.a. the hard way on a trusty yacht named British Steel.

As we progress on our virtual journey, Chay will recount his personal experience leg-by-leg right here, from his days of running the Global Challenge and what a journey it was!

About Tall Ships Youth Trust

The Tall Ships Youth Trust is dedicated to helping young people realise their full potential through sail-training adventures. Sailing as part of the Tall Ships crew makes for a participative and empowering experience, providing a unique, physically and mentally challenging residential setting in which young people can explore their true potential.

How your support helps

We know from over 60 years’ experience that young people often feel excluded and lack the self-esteem and confidence to reach their potential.

After a week at sea with us, their self-worth and life chances have literally been transformed. The purpose of this campaign is to ensure that even more young people in need will receive this life-changing opportunity in the future.

The sea is an excellent classroom

Not just for life at sea but for life itself

On board activities are physically and mentally challenging and cover all aspects of working and living together in a small community at sea. The young people take part in everything from setting and stowing the sails to preparing meals and cleaning. Our voyages not only teach young people how to sail, they also them teach life skills, boost their self-esteem, equip them with emotional coping skills, and encourage them to see themselves as young people with a huge amount to offer society.


of voyagers expressed an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem

Healthier, more mindful lifestyle

Inspiring a passion to do more and be more active

Our voyages fully involve young people – everyone on board is encouraged to focus on what they can do as opposed to what they can’t do which creates opportunities for success, builds self-esteem and confidence and helps them to realise their full potential. Preparing the yacht for changes in conditions can be physically and mentally challenging, yet with team work, the young people are able to support each other and overcome individual difficulties, making the experience rewarding for all involved. Young people say they return home feeling healthier with a much more positive approach to life and a drive to stay as healthy as they can.

Developing global citizens

Voyages of understanding, diversity and respect shaping upstanding citizens

Tall Ships Youth Trust believe in the bringing together of young people from all walks of life, nationalities, cultures and abilities. Encouraging individuals to challenge any pre-conceptions they might have and showcase a level of respect and compassionate as being part of a team. We feel this is the most natural and most rewarding part of an individual’s experience leaving them with a true sense of belonging.

The crew made the experience that extra bit better and I have most definitely made new friends for life. Absolutely undeniably the best week of my life…”

Laura, 16

Help us continue our work

Donations make it possible for us to provide these life-changing experiences

We’re proud to take people on these amazing adventures, yet for a lot of what we do, we rely on the generous work of volunteers and kind donations from our wonderful community and the general public. If like us, you believe in what we do please do donate and help us sail our virtual yacht around the world… even if it is “the wrong way round.”