Practical Seamanship Training Scheme

Traditional Sail Training Course 2015

Spring 2015 will see the launch of a crew training scheme aimed at young people who wish to learn all aspects of sailing, maintaining and the running of a large sailing vessel with a view to future employment in the maritime sector. With two ships in the fleet, Bessie Ellen and Irene, each original West Country Ketches, 4 training berths are available for a seven month placement commencing in March and ending in September.

Training will take place aboard these working charter vessels both in the boatyard and at sea with charter voyages to Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland. Each placement will cost £8,000 and will include external courses, accommodation, wet weather gear& personal rigging kit. Meals and bedding are provided.

Training  Modules
  • Sail making
  • Rope work & Rigging
  • Navigation & watch keeping
  • Welding & Spar making*
  • STCW95 courses *
  • RYA Coastal skipper practical *


Applicants should be aware that they will be joining in with the general running and maintaining of working ships and the undertaking of crew duties and responsibilities alongside the professional crew.

On completion of the course, we will endeavour to find placements for you on tall ships across the world or entry into training colleges here in the UK to help get you started and further your career.

Please forward your CV including references to

If you have any queries or questions about the course, please feel free to contact us.

*  These courses are outsourced and are subject to time restraints and availability.

The Bessie Ellen - 27/08/2013

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