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Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives. It provides an intense, structured environment with defined boundaries and a clear common purpose: the successful completion of a voyage. Participants learn to manage themselves and interact with others, dramatically boosting their self-awareness and confidence.

There are no contrived situations on a Sail Training voyage: you really do need to work together in order to achieve a successful outcome. In addition, the sheer exhilaration of harnessing the elements engenders enthusiasm and a feeling of achievement.

ASTO has conducted research into the outcomes achieved on a typical Sail Training voyage. A summary of these outcomes is here.

Many successful youth organisations use Sail Training as part of their programme. Amongst others, these include the Wheatsheaf Trust, the Princes Trust, the Scouts and Sea Cadets. Even the NHS have got involved by supporting the Cat Zero programme that has shown exceptional results.

A 10 minute video about the Sail Training experience is here.


As well as a vast amount of anecdotal evidence, several research papers on the effectiveness of Sail Training have been published:

Sail Training outcomes - Summary of findings from ASTO surveys

Outcomes booklet - Further outcomes from surveys and interviews with group leaders

ASTO Theory of Change and measurement framework: how Sail Training brings about outcomes, and tools to measure these. Tools intended for ASTO members to produce their own outcome statistics.

Steering a course towards Eudaimonia:the effects of Sail Training on well-being and character. Eric Fletcher and Heather Prince, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017.  Summary and full paper.

Facilitation in Sail Training: Observing facilitator behaviour as a contributing factor in the development of young people. Rebecca Hind, University of Edinburgh. Summary

Enhancing resilience in youth through a 10-day developmental voyage, Hayhurst, Hunter, Kafka and Boyes. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013 Full Paper


In 2016, ASTO and STI collaborated in a literature review into longer term outcomes:

Protocol (details of which studies the literature review included)

The relationship between short-term outcomes and long-term outcomes produced by outdoor adventure programmes: A rapid review

University of Edinburgh: 

The Characteristics and Value of the Sail Training Experience (summary)

The full research paper can be found here

Jessica Roberts (unpublished University of Southampton 4th year medical student project)

Sailing as an intervention to enhance psychosocial wellbeing in children and young adults treated for cancer

Luke McCarthy (Dissertation for Msc in Youth Participation):

Comparing Sail Training and landbased youth development activities

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme & The University of Sydney:

Sailing into the Future

Links to more research can be found on the pages of Sail Training International


Here are some of the results from people and organisations that use Sail Training:

Occupational Therapy Article by Rachel Wright, courtesy of COT/OTnews                
Cat Zero news article
BBC radio item following up with young people that have sailed with Cat Zero
Testimonial from the Wheatsheaf Trust
Results and outcomes from Motiv8 in Partnership with Hampshire Police
Testimonials from group leaders and trainees of their experiences whilst sailing on board "Tectona"

Testimonials from trainees on board Alba Endeavour and Explorer

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