Duke of Edinburgh Awards - Sailing

As an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award we offer Residentials at sea for the Gold DofE Award.

To achieve your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award you need to complete the Residential aspect of the award.

This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you have never met before. What better way to achieve the award then sailing and having an adventure with others on a Classic wooden yacht!

Golden Vanity lends herself really well to Residentials. She was built in 1908 and she takes teamwork to sail. She has a lovely deck to hang out on chatting to your fellow crew mates and newfound friends. If the weather is not so nice in the evenings, then down below there is a cosy saloon.

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During the Residential you can take the RYA Competent Crew Course. This is a beginners sailing course and you will get a certificate at the end. You will learn lots of nautical jargon, a number of knots, how to raise and lower the sails, how to steer, what to do if someone falls overboard and lots more. All under save and friendly instruction of our experienced skipper.

If you have already done a fair bit of sailing on a gaff rig and have done the RYA Day Skipper Theory course then you can do the Day Skipper practical course. This course will teach you how to be a skipper.

On one evening/night you will do some night sailing. Other evenings you will be either an anchor or alongside in a marina or on a buoy. There will be opportunities to have a look around ashore.

The DofE Residential trips will be mixed gender. Due to the layout of the boat everyone will be in the same cabin and a curtain will separate males and females.

We will provide healthy food. You will take it in turns doing the cooking. Think bacon and eggs for breakfast, easy to make sandwiches at lunch and hearty evening meals. We can cater for most dietary requirements, eg veggie, vegan, wheat free etc – just let us know on your booking form when you book.

What is Included

Accommodation is on board.

All food on board

Friendly sailing instruction

Oilskins if needed

Mooring fees, fuel and gas

Not included - Insurance. You will want to get some personal insurance and you can get this from somwhere like TopSail Insurance

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This video is of a Gold Residential shot in the Autumn of 2022

DofE - Dates


3 - 7 July
DofE Residential starts 3 July
Monday - Friday
£ 750

21 - 25 August
DofE Residential starts 21 August
Monday - Friday
£ 750

23 - 27 October
DofE Residential starts 23 October
Monday - Friday
£ 750
30 October - 3 November
DofE Residential starts 30 October
Monday - Friday
£ 750
Contact us
0203 006 3717
Our Locations

Shamrock Quay

William Street



SO14 5QL


c/o Cruising Association

CA House

1 Northey Street


E14 8BT

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