Using sail training to inspire and change lives

Using sail training to inspire and change lives

Discover more about Morvargh Sailing Project and our positive youth development opportunities for children & young people sailing on our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R

Morvargh Sailing Project was launched as a Community Interest Company in January 2010. Our mission? To use sail training to inspire and change lives. Since our launch as a social enterprise we have provided many positive youth development opportunities for children & young people sailing offshore on our yacht, Helen Mary R. We use the medium of offshore sailing because of its unforgiving nature; it is being connected and part of the environment that provides a sense of risk and adventure to the participants; whilst allowing us to develop them over a range of disciplines.

90% of young people sailing with us learn something about themselves which will make a positive change in their life; some make profound life changing discoveries that lead to amazing positive change!

There is nothing in the world that packs as many life lessons in a single activity as that of sailing. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology, geography, maths and many others all in one fell swoop. Because of this, we believe every child and young person should have the opportunity to learn to sail.

When children and young people start making connections between sailing and their real lives in two or three areas, then these traits develop, start to transfer more naturally and instinctively, and become embedded in a person’s character. There is an almost universal consensus that character as well as exam results, has a significant role to play in shaping young people’s life chances, and these character ‘skills’ are much sought after by employers. (why not read more in our blog article Grit and Grades, why fewer exams matter)

Our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R is a natural extension to this philosophy, she requires hard physical work and cannot be sailed without teamwork, communication & resilience, both on deck and down below. Most people come to us with little or no sailing experience but nearly all find it a life changing experience!

Why take part?

Young people sailing with us will develop a range of skills and benefits:

  • Social and life skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-confidence & Self-belief
  • Respect for themselves and others
  • Leadership & communication
  • An appreciation of the natural world
  • A better understanding of the ocean
  • Practical sailing, seamanship and navigation skills
  • Improved Mental Health

How to join us

If you are interested in joining one of our sail training voyages you can find a pre-planned sailing trip or contact us if you'd like to arrange a voyage for your school or group. We provide life changing voyages to:

  • School or College groups
  • Charities supporting individuals
  • Local Authorities
  • Individuals
Most of our sail training trips are designed for young people 14-19yrs, however we do provide day sailing opportunities to all ages at times throughout the year.

Find a Voyage

What's involved?

Young people are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of sailing our vessel:

  • Steering & helmsmanship
  • Setting the sails
  • Keeping a navigation watch 24hrs a day, 4hrs on 4hrs off
  • Domestic duties such as cooking & cleaning
  • Ocean science research
  • Climbing the mast
UK Sail Training
member of ASTO
Inspected under the standards of the MCA
Sail Training International
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Cornwall Marine Network


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