Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Silver Expedition

Complete you practice and qualifying expedition in a 10 day voyage on board the beautiful 40ft traditionally rigged sailing boat “Unity”.

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Why not complete your Gold or Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition in a fun and enjoyable 10 day voyage onboard Unity. Run during the summer holidays, join 5 other like minded individuals, all under the age of 25 looking for an adventure.

Join the boat in Falmouth and complete your practice and qualifying expedition all in one.

The weather defines where you go but there are plenty of  beautiful and interesting places to visit including Fowey, Plymouth, Newlyn and even the Isles of Scilly.

The practice expedition develops the skills you need to take command of the boat for the qualifying expedition. e.g. passage planning, traditional navigation and sailing skills.

During the qualifying expedition each member of crew will have to plan a passage and safely guide the boat in and out of a harbour or anchorage.

The skipper and mate will be onboard for the whole voyage but will look to step back into a safety role during the qualifying expeition.

What experience do I need to do this?

You should have had some kind of prior sailing experience before considering doing this expedition on Unity. Whether it’s sailing dinghies or on a bigger yacht with friends. Through the training that we provide you will be equipped with all the skills that you need to fully participate in your qualifyng expedition. 

What should I expect during my time onboard?

 Gold Expedition – All crew on – board will be doing the same award level

3 day Practice expedition 

4 day qualifying expedition 

 Arrival 4pm Preparation evening and boat familiarisation.

 DAY 1 – CLASSROOM DAY – RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship refresher course. Confirm plan for week, including food and managing weekly budget.

 DAY 2 – START OF PRACTICE EXPEDITION – On board familiarisation. Training in emergency procedures. Complete passage plans. Departure from Brixham under sail. Arrive at suitable anchorage or nearby port at end of day.

 DAY 3 – PRACTICE EXPEDITION – Learn engine maintenance and daily checks for all parts of vessel. Record weather forecast from VHF Radio. Manouevering practice under engine and sail. Passage along the coast.Further practice on sail hoists and reefing. Position fixing by electronic and traditional methods. Another passage plan. Tidal calculations and tidal heights. Anchor handling drill. Use of Kedge. Passage to anchorage or next port.

 DAY 4 – END OF PRACTICE EXPEDITION – Final passage plan, more advanced manoeuvring and berthing exercises. Clean vessel and stow all gear correctly.

 DAY 5 – CLASSROOM/ALONGSIDE DAY – Finish any remaining sections of RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course. Revictualling as necessary. Down time and rest in afternoon ahead of qualifier.

 DAY 6 – START OF QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Participants able to use skills learnt on practice. Team work to develop plan for week and each to carry out a part of the passage plan. Engine and safety gear checks carried out by participants. Take control for first passage from port.

 DAY 7 – QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Participants continue with passage plan, weather forecast recording and navigation as next leg of the journey is undertaken. Watch system, boat handling.

 DAY 8 – QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Each participant takes a turn to be “skipper“ for a period of time, and to make command decisions concerning manoeuvring, sail handling and position fixing/navigation. Consolidation of skills learnt over last few days.

 DAY 9 – END OF QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Final passage undertaken under control of participants, including arrival back into Falmouth. 

 DAY 10– Departure 4pm Assessment and presentation day – End of voyage assessment and presentation at Trinity Sailing office with DofE assessor. Expedition signed off.

 

Silver Expedition – All crew on – board will be doing the same award level

4 day practice expedition

3 day qualifying expedition  

Arrival 4pm Preparation evening and boat familiarisation.

DAY 1 – CLASSROOM DAY – RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship refresher course. Confirm plan for week, including food and managing weekly budget.

DAY 2 – START OF PRACTICE EXPEDITION – On board familiarisation. Training in emergency procedures. Complete passage plans. Departure from Brixham under sail. Arrive at suitable anchorage or nearby port at end of day.

DAY 3 – PRACTICE EXPEDITION – Learn engine maintenance and daily checks for all parts of vessel. Record weather forecast from VHF Radio. Manouevering practice under engine and sail. Passage along the coast.

Day 4- PRACTICE EXPEDITION – Further practice on sail hoists and reefing. Position fixing by electronic and traditional methods. Another passage plan. Tidal calculations and tidal heights. Anchor handling drill. Use of Kedge. Passage to anchorage or next port.

DAY 5 – END OF PRACTICE EXPEDITION – Final passage plan, more advanced manoeuvring and berthing exercises. Clean vessel and stow all gear correctly.

DAY 6 – CLASSROOM/ALONGSIDE DAY – Finish any remaining sections of RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course. Revictualling as necessary. Down time and rest in afternoon ahead of qualifier.

DAY 7 – START OF QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Participants able to use skills learnt on practice. Team work to develop plan for week and each to carry out a part of the passage plan. Engine and safety gear checks carried out by participants. Take control for first passage from port.

DAY 8 – QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Participants continue with passage plan, weather forecast recording and navigation as next leg of the journey is undertaken. Watch system, boat handling.

DAY 9 – END OF QUALIFYING EXPEDITION – Each participant takes a turn to be “skipper“ for a period of time, and to make command decisions concerning manoeuvring, sail handling and position fixing/navigation. Consolidation of skills learnt over last few days. Final passage undertaken under control of participants, including arrival back into Falmouth.

DAY 10- Departure 4pm Assessment and presentation day – End of voyage assessment and presentation at Trinity Sailing office with DofE assessor. Expedition signed off.

Before embarking on your expedition voyage we need you to have completed the RYA essential navigaiton course online. The cost of this is included in the price of the expedition and the course pack will be sent to you when you sign up. 

A typical day on board:

  • Breakfast
  • Tidy up and prepare boat for sea
  • Set sail for a new destination
  • Sailing: time to learn about navigation, seamanship, knots
  • Lunch on the move
  • Take the helm, keep lookout, watch out for wildlife and land ahead
  • Arrive at new anchorage or port
  • Swim, go beachcombing, explore ashore
  • Evening meal on board, or maybe BBQ ashore
  • Review the day’s progress and plan ahead, free time, evening events

Please make sure your kit is packed in a soft collapsible bag so that it can stowed in your locker. We recommend the following (but give us a call if you are in any doubt):

  • Trainers or soft soled shoes
  • 2 Warm jumpers or fleeces (synthetic fabrics work best as they dry easiest)
  • 2 Pairs of trousers (preferably not jeans)
  • Warm hat & gloves
  • Toiletries, swim wear and a towel
  • Warm tops that you can wear in layers
  • Sun hat/cap, sunglasses, high factor sun cream (at least SPF30), lip balm
  • A few t-shirts (a long-sleeved one is useful)
  • Water bottle
  • Shorts
  • Socks & underwear
  • Spare glasses (if you wear them)
  • Small bag or rucksack (for visiting ashore)
  • Pocket money

 For those on medication – please make sure that you have provided full details on your booking form, that any bottles are clearly marked and make sure you have enough to last the voyage.

 Electrical items: We understand that you may want to bring a mobile phone with you and, when in port, you can charge your phones on Leader and Provident. If sailing on Golden Vanity please bring a charger which could also be used for a car cigarette-lighter. Please note that phones and other electrical items can get easily damaged by salt spray.

Insurance: We strongly recommend you get your own insurance to cover the cost of your personal belongings while you are onboard. 

If you have any question’s then please get in touch? If you want to make sure whether this voyage is for you then we will answer any questions that you might have.

Call Jo – 07790 638084

info@workingsail.co.uk

Get In touch

Info@workingsail.co.uk

(Jo) +44 (0)7790 638 084

 

28 St Thomas Street 

Penryn

TR10 8JN