Welcome to Sail Britain’s programme! Each week has a different focus but all involve lots of sailing and exploring! No experience is necessary and it’s open to everyone. From raising anchor to hoisting sail, we provide the support and training to make sure everyone can get involved in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Sign Up!

Our voyages under sail work towards creative and cultural exchange, education and environmental research in a context which values diversity and new ideas. They’re also a wonderful way to get out on the water, learn to sail from an onboard instructor, and explore some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery!

2021 Programme Update: due to ongoing uncertainty with Scottish covid restrictions, we have moved our entire summer programme to Devon and Cornwall for 2021. Trips will operate from PLYMOUTH and FALMOUTH. We are looking forward to exploring the stunning coves, islands and estuaries of the South West, and thank you for your forbearance. It’s been too long! More info here.

Learn how we are keeping Covid-safe here.

Any questions? –

Ocean Literacy

5th – 12th June 2021


Join us for a week learning about the ocean under sail with marine social scientist Holly Griffin. We’ll explore how the ocean is the engine of our planet, how it benefits us, and our impact upon it. And of course learn to sail as we explore the beautiful islands and coastline of Cornwall…read more

Celtic Odyssey

12th – 20th June 2021


If you want some adventure sailing, this trip is for you! Heading west from the stunning shores of Devon, we’ll set sail to explore some of the lesser known places along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall before finishing back in Plymouth….read more

Our Living Ocean

3rd – 10th July 2021


Led by marine biologist Daniel Moore, we’ll be setting sail to explore the amazing diversity of life that inhabits our Atlantic shores, sailing to remote and beautiful places and discovering the secrets of our beautiful oceans. We hope to establish stronger relations with the big blue and come home inspired! …read more

The Wild Islands Residency


Week 1: 10th – 17th July 2021, PLYMOUTH – FALMOUTH

Week 2: 17th – 24th July 2021, FALMOUTH

Counterpart to The Life of Islands, this residency will focus on uninhabited places. We will sail to the remoter and wilder locations, exploring the landscape, geology and wildlife that can be found there, as well as their historical importance as places of past habitation…read more

The Life of Islands Residency


Week 1: 31st July – 7th Aug 2021, FALMOUTH

Week 2: 7 – 14th Aug 2021, FALMOUTH

We are very excited to be running The Life of Islands residency for a second year in a new location – the majestic south coast of Cornwall. During the week, we aim to reach the Isles of Scilly, located southwest of Land’s End,…read more

Wildlife Photography & Filmmaking


21st – 28th Aug 2021

On a journey to discover and document nature’s beauty above and below the waves, this week will have a strong focus on wildlife photography and filmmaking. We’ll visit some of the stunning places in Devon and Cornwall, with our expert crew sharing tips and experience on the best techniques…read more

Between Land and Sea


Mallaig – Oban

We are excited to be running this new residency for 2021 with local artist, Ellis O’Connor exploring both the islands of Western Scotland, and the ocean with which they are intimately connected. Ellis will offer guidance throughout while the participants are also able to work on their own projects. No previous painting or sailing experience required, just an enthusiasm to learn and be part of a team!… read more

Marine Conservation


11 – 18th September

The seas around the British Isles are rich in marine life, from Humpback Whales and Basking Sharks to incredible sea birds, seagrass beds and kelp forests. This week will explore the conservation issues facing the oceans. We’ll be learning their secrets and spotting as many as we can!…read more

Restoring our Seas


18 – 25th September

The clear Atlantic waters of the South West are not only an amazing place to sail, but are home to an incredibly rich variety of wildlife and diverse ecosystems. We are super lucky to be joined this week by conservationist Lucie Machin who has recently returned from the South Atlantic where she has been doing conservation work on Ascension Island…. read more

Official partner, Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/2021

Please remember that Sail Britain trips encompass multidisciplinary creative, cultural and scientific research, and are not tours or holidays. Travel to and from locations is not included.