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Crewseekers′ Young Crew Sponsorship Programme

Crewseekers Young Crew Sponsorship Programme

Young Crew Sponsorship Programme

We want to help more young people to participate
in the life changing experience of adventurous long
distance sailing
By contributing towards travel to and from the vessel and their share of voyage costs Crewseekers will help pay for up to 4 young sailors per year of any nationality between the ages of 18 and 25 to who wish to crew on long distance sailing opportunities published on

Iain Barbour, MD of Crewseekers, says, “We are delighted to be helping young sailors to take part in some of the amazing long distance sailing opportunities we have on  They’ll get the change to gain valuable experience, and we hope to inspire a new generation of young sailors to cast off the dock lines and have their own great adventures.”

Crewseekers’ Young Crew Sponsorship Programme will fund up to three quarters of the applicant’s total costs associated with travelling to and from the vessel and their direct on-board costs. The number of awards may vary in any given year, within the limit of the programme, although it is anticipated that up to 4 individuals per year will receive support. The maximum contribution to any applicant will be £1,000.

All voyages of more than 1,000 miles posted on will qualify for inclusion in the scheme. The skipper of the vessel should be a member of Crewseekers and should be qualified to (at least) RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or equivalent. They should be experienced in long distance sailing, and Crewseekers will expect the Skipper to be able and prepared to offer informal tuition in the various aspects of long distance cruising, such as passage planning, navigation and boat maintenance, during the voyage.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are invited from anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 wishing to sail as crew on a voyage of over 1,000 miles advertised on Crewseekers. The applicant should have had some sailing experience, ideally qualified to Competent Crew level. Crewseekers will pre-identify qualifying voyages and promote these as such on the website. Skippers of these voyages will be asked to participate in the Programme and will be expecting Sponsored applications. To apply send an email to with your name, age, sailing experience, details of the voyage you are interested in, how much sponsorship you require and an explanation of why you think you should qualify.