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.
Queen Galadriel, a Baltic Trader is 32.9 metres long with a beam of 6.6 metres. She was built in 1937 in Svenborg, Denmark and was originally named 'Else' after the Captain's daughter. Queen Galadriel traded as a cargo vessel around the coasts of Denmark and Norway, initially as a motor sailor but after 1956 under motor alone. By 1970, the need for such vessels as Else had ceased and her future became uncertain.
In 1983, she was bought by The Cirdan Sailing Trust and went into service renamed 'Queen Galadriel' after a character in Tolkein's 'Lord of The Rings'.
After twenty years in the business of sailing residentials she was taken out of service during 2003 for a major structural refit. This involved replacement of the keel, extensive re-planking, installation of watertight bulkheads and renewal of all the electrical and mechanical systems. The opportunity was used to completely redesign and renew all below deck accommodation.
Queen Galadriel returned to service in May 2004 to continue her important role in working with young people.
Jac, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2016
“One of the young people normally spends every day in front of a computer. He has surprised everyone and himself by getting involved with the day to day running of the ship and has worked extremely hard.”
Holly, Duke of Edinburgh Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2018
‘Thank you – absolutely brilliant. Really fab how everyone’s skills were used and we were able to achieve different levels of knowledge.’
Ashley, Voyage on Queen Galadriel September 2015
“I loved it and wished the trip was longer!”
Lindsey, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2016
“I feel that the trip has brought staff and service users together as part of a team as we all worked together.”
Mohammed, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2015
“It was one of the best experiences I have ever taken part in!”
Mandy, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2016
“It provides a space for conversations around many issues that affect young people.”
Jon, Voyage on Queen Galadriel April 2015
“It made me feel like I was the Captain, in other words it was epic!”
Ellie, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2016
“This trip gave them the chance to grow up and I think they benefitted from this significantly.”
Annette, Voyage on Queen Galadriel April 2015
“The voyage had an effect on me and the learners whether it was personal, social or academic. It has engaged our students in a way that I feel we could not have done back in school”
Jane, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“The inability to walk away and avoid situations is perfect. Pupils were forced to confront issues that they would usually avoid.”
Libby, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2015
“The young people will be left with lasting memories from this week that will remind them of all they have achieved”
Anonymous, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“A few have developed ideas as to what they want their futures to be like.”
Jamie, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2015
“The staff observed there was a significant increase in self-esteem and reflection. Many of the young people commented that they realised they were achieving something”
Sarah, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“Greatest achievement – resilience”
Andrew, Voyage on Queen Galadriel June 2016
“The young people had never experienced anything like this before – the impact will be profound.”
Kye, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“I liked facing new challenges.”
Laura, Voyage on Queen Galadriel June 2016
“Allows rapport and relationships to be developed to discus personal issues”
Lydia, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“I liked that it was a different experience that is unusual and makes you realise your surroundings.”
Leoci, Voyage on Queen Galadriel June 2016
“It was amazing because it’s a good experience for young people, seeing dolphins is the best part.”
Abbey, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2016
“I learnt to trust myself to work with others.”
Megan, Voyage on Queen Galadriel June 2016
“I’ve learnt how to take care of myself and believe in myself.”
Leanne, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2018
‘I enjoyed seeing new parts of the country and seeing students develop socially and personally.’
Thomas, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2016
“Children with more severe learning difficulties really shone through!”
Christina, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2018
‘This has been a transformative experience for our students and we have enjoyed it immensely.’
Amanda, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2016
“Students come back with greater maturity – it is noticeable around school”
Lydia, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2018
‘I learn that the world is bigger than you think. (and lots of sailing techniques)’
Andy, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2016
“A great equaliser – allows children from different backgrounds to share and process their experiences.”
Sue, Voyage on Queen Galadriel August 2018
‘The best bit of sailing residential was the skills the young people learned and the opportunity to experience a totally new environment. Also to participate in activities with other young people in similar life situations.’
Alison, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2016
“The highlight for me was just to watch the children build their confidence daily.”
Sara, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2018
‘There are very few opportunities for teens to genuinely work with others, learn life skills and develop healthy independence from the current systems they’re used to.’
Kacey, Voyage on Queen Galadriel July 2016
“It was very fun and I would love to volunteer when I am older.”
James, Voyage on Queen Galadriel October 2018
‘I learn’t a lot of things from the sailing trip. The best bits were all of the sailing things and parts of the boat, etc. More importantly, I picked up a lot from the crew about being positive and getting along with other people’