How to fund your voyage

How to fund your voyage

We have compiled a list of the best ways to fund your sail training voyage with fundraising ideas, funders, and bursary information.

We subsidise our sailing trips as much as we can to keep the cost of participating as low as possible. The cost of taking part on one of our unique and life changing voyages is just £65 per day for young people. This includes all food aboard (three cooked meals a day), safety equipment, waterproofs and the regular and necessary maintenance to our boat, Helen Mary R. The actual cost to Morvargh Sailing Project is much higher and we fill the shortfall by providing full cost voyages to adults, applying for funding, recieving donations and where necessary, the Project Directors top up the remaining.

If your son, daughter or students are keen to sail with Morvargh Sailing Project but cannot afford the voyage fees, there may be a variety of ways in which they could raise the money. Some people take part in sponsored activities. Others manage to arrange for a local company to make a donation, or apply for funding from a local grant-giving body such as a Rotary Club. IdeasFundraising is a great website with loads of ideas for how your son or daughter could raise money for their voyage and you can also set up online fundraising drives with a JustGiving or Crowdfunder page.

We try and find funders who may be able to help a young person or group fund places aboard our trips. When we find a possible funder we will update the page with their details below. Please do contact us if you are worried about funding your trip. We like to work with individualys to promote their fundraising efforts online via social media and via blog posts; we may also be able to help with bursary funding.

Possible funding opportunities

Funder Brief info
James Myatt Trust James Myatt had a deep love and passion for sailing, and was committed to teaching young people around the world to sail. He died in 1982 when he was 51. This Trust is his legacy, and since its inception, has provided grants to over 700 young people needing help to achieve their dream of a life changing learning experience at sea.
Leslie Sell Charitable Trust The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust was set up in May 1969 by the late Leslie Sell to provide financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement. It gives assistance to Scout & Guide groups and individuals when they make trips in the UK or overseas. Unfortunately the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within three months of your proposed departure or event date.


We occasionally have funds available to offer bursaries to crew members. This money may be restricted to specific types of people (Depending on the source of the funds). Restricted bursary funds will be advertised in our newsletter and anyone who might be eligible is encouraged to apply. Where the donor has not particularly specified how bursary money should be used, We will aim to give priority to applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions (listed in no particular order):

  • Young people whom we have identified as future watch leaders
  • Young people who have assisted the Project in some way (e.g. with substantial refit help, organising new bookings etc.) and who have been recommended by a Project member as suitable for bursary funding
  • Young people who belong to a group which has the potential to make regular group bookings in future if we provide a successful taster voyage for one of their members
  • Young people whose personal circumstances make them exceptionally deserving

It is rare for us to offer bursary funding to cover the full cost of a voyage. Applicants who can demonstrate that they have personally made the effort to raise at least part of the voyage fee through hard work or imagination will get priority over those who have put little or nothing into it. If your son or daughter has a particularly deserving case and would really struggle with finding the voyage fee then please do get in touch via email [email protected] or call on 07481 546577. There are times when we have the occasional space left on a voyage and we may be able to offer it to a young person at a drastically reduced rate.

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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