Voyages can be booked by contacting Chris, who will be able to guide you through the process and tailor your voyage to your requirements and objectives.
Chris can provide you help and advice on available funding.
Telephone: 01621 776684
Every trip is different, not least because of the weather and tides, and every group is unique. Consequently there is a lot of flexibility in what we do and how we do it. Nevertheless there are some general points that can be made:
Leaders' role - a challenge
Swimming from the vessel may be possible at certain times of the year under the strict control and permission of the Skipper, who must be satisfied with the sea conditions and life saving resources available.
We recommend that the Group Leader should have written consent from a parent or guardian for each young person intending to swim, together with assurance that they are competent in deep water.
Swimming from the shore is the responsibility of the Group Leader. However, the onus is on the Skipper to advise of any known dangers.
In our experience, it is important to structure a voyage to include time together on board, around the table, perhaps after supper in a port of call. This does not have to involve anything to do with sailing the boat directly. For many of the young people, spending time enjoying the company of others (especially mixed ages and gender) is a new experience and can be an essential part of their development.
Duet is a fine example of a gaff-rigged yawl retaining the features of an Edwardian classic yacht. She is 21.95 metres long (including spars) and has a beam of 3.38 metres. Duet is built of wood with beautiful teak decks and has most of her original high quality fittings including the original rig. One noticeable change however, is the addition of a deckhouse over the aft cabin removed from 'Bloodhound' (Prince Philip's yacht) during modifications in the sixties.
Designed by Linton Hope and built at White's yard on the River Itchen in Hampshire, Duet was launched in 1912 as 'Gaviotta'. In the early 1930s she was bought by Augustine Courtauld, a famous explorer, who renamed her 'Duet'. When he died in 1959, ownership passed to his son, the Reverend Christopher Courtauld who, with Mr Christopher Ellis, formed the Ocean Youth Club in 1960. The Club used Duet for youth sail training from then until 1994.
Christopher has now passed on ownership of Duet to younger members of the Courtauld Family on the understanding she is still operated for the purpose of sail training.
In 2012, Duet celebrated her centenary year by sailing around the UK. The 'Voyage to Success', which received the Inspire Mark in recognition of its links to the 2012 London Olympics, was sailed in 11 legs, each with a different group of young people on board.
George, Voyage on Duet August 2016
“Before the voyage I was slightly apprehensive of spending 6 days with people who I had never met before. However I felt welcome immediately and I was comfortable on board at all times.”
Jaimie, Voyage on Duet August 2016
“I have never had so much enjoyment in such a short space of time.”
James, Voyage on Duet October 2016
“The young people began to take more initiative, rather than waiting to be asked to do things.”
Phil, Voyage on Duet October 2016
“I think it is a good environment to mentor the young people showing them a different way of life that they might never have the chance of becoming involved with.”
Corey, Voyage on Duet August 2015
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better”
Sophie, Voyage on Duet May 2015
“I learnt to believe in myself and how to work as a team”
Caroline, Voyage on Duet May 2015
“Every young person significantly benefitted from the experience, particularly with communication skills, understanding different cultures and learning to get along with one another. Fantastic experience!”
Chrissy, Voyage on Duet August 2015
“Many of the opportunities and skills learnt by the young people are transferable i.e. budgeting, teamwork and perseverance. The crew really motivated the young people and continued to give positive recognition through the whole voyage”
Ricky, Voyage on Duet August 2015
“Overall an outstanding trip and a great opportunity for the young people to develop and grow”
Calum, Voyage on Duet May 2016
“It was amazing, I have learnt so much.”
Molly, Voyage on Duet July 2016
“Challenging and exciting, enjoyed every bit, was never dull.”
Megan, Voyage on Duet August 2016
I had such an amazing time and would highly recommend it to others. If I get the opportunity to do anything like this again I wouldn’t think twice about it!!!”
Harriette, Voyage on Duet June 2016
“It’s really helped me feel more confident with myself.”