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Bursaries and Scholarships

At Sail On Board, we’re pleased to support several bursary schemes and scholarships for young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in our events.

For some people, fundraising is a great option – we have a fantastic fundraising section with lots of fun ideas to help you reach your target. For others, additional financial support is available from bursaries or scholarships. Some people even combine the two!

Check out our available bursaries and scholarships below.

Oman Bursary trainees

What Is It?

In 2012, we had the pleasure of launching a bursary scheme in partnership with the Sultanate of Oman. It aims to foster international friendship and provide new and exciting opportunities for up to 100 young people each year. It does this by helping them to experience a sail training voyage on a Tall Ship during a Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Race or Regatta.

STI has enjoyed a long, positive relationship with Oman. The country is regularly involved with our events and is committed to developing young people. Both things that we value!

In 2014, the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) celebrated the delivery of a brand new sail training vessel, Shabab Oman II, replacing Shabab Oman (Youth of Oman) which had a long and proud sail training history – she won the prestigious International Friendship Trophy nine times! The beautiful Shabab Oman II continues Oman’s sail training success story, promoting international friendship and peace.

How Did the Bursary Start?

We trialled the scheme at the Tall Ships Races in 2011 and launched it officially in 2012. Back then, we awarded funds to 25 trainees from seven countries – the Royal Navy of Oman has funded the scheme every year since.

The RNO also presents the Sultan Qaboos Trophy, which it awards annually to the organisation or individual who has done the most to promote sail training for young people.

Since 2013, RNO and Sail Training International have worked together to bring young Omanis to Europe to participate in STI events on board other nations’ ships.

Who Can Apply?

The Oman Bursary Scheme is open to applicants who have never taken part in a Tall Ships Race or Regatta (training). We welcome financially or physically disadvantaged people between 15 and 25 years old, regardless of nationality, background, physical ability, or previous sailing experience. The maximum amount awarded is €500 each.

We receive applications from a huge variety of young people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Trainees’ support letters often reveal their dedication, motivation and sometimes the difficulties that they’ve faced, such as health and personal problems. Those who are awarded the Oman Bursary achieve something special – they become part of a team of people from different nationalities in a new and exciting environment, form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

Oman Bursary Approved Vessels

You can see the full list of Oman Bursary approved vessels below.

How You Can Apply

To apply, download and complete an application form. You need to select the race and leg that you’re interested in. You can see the Oman Bursary approved vessels below.

Download your Oman Bursary form here.


Here are some of the thoughts and reflections from previous Oman Bursary winners.

Xavier Wadbled

“The high sea can be a harsh environment, so it quickly creates strong bonds between people!” – Xavier Wadbled

Davis Odzins

“Being afraid of heights, I experienced my moment of true happiness… climbing to the highest point on the ship while sailing… enjoying the view of a lifetime.” – Davis Odzins

To see what other recipients of the Oman and other sail training bursaries have been saying, check out their testimonials.

Vessels Participating in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta



Alexander von Humboldt II Germany
Atyla Vanuatu
Belem France
Blue Clipper UK
Christian Radich Norway
Europa The Netherlands
Gulden Leeuw The Netherlands
Jolie Brise UK
Lord Nelson UK
Oosterschelde The Netherlands
Pathfinder Canada
Picton Castle Cook Islands
Playfair Canada
Rona II UK
St Lawrence II Canada
Santa Maria Manuela Portugal
Spaniel Latvia
Spirit of South Carolina USA
Vahine Finland
Vera Cruz Portugal
Wylde Swan Netherlands


Vessels Taking Part in the Tall Ships Races 2017



Black Diamond of Durham UK
Challenge Wales UK
Dar Mlodziezy Poland
De Gallant The Netherlands
Esprit Germany
Gratitude Sweden
Ingo Sweden
Leila UK
Loa Denmark
Moosk UK
Morgenster The Netherlands
Ocean Scout UK
Pelican of London UK
Pogoria Poland
Prolific UK
Roald Amundsen Germany
Roztocze Poland
Rupel Belgium
Shtandart Russia
St Iv Estonia
Statsraad Lehmkuhl Norway
Thermopylae Clipper UK
Tineke Lithuania
Valborg Finland
Vega Gamleby Sweden


Other Vessels



Challenger 3 UK
Donald Searle UK
Maybe UK
Merrilyn UK
Morning Star of Revelation UK
Offshore Scout UK
Roztocze Poland
Tenacious UK
Thalassa The Netherlands
Tomidi Belgium

Vessels need to meet these criteria to be considered Oman Bursary approved:

  1. Vessels must comply with the current Racing & Sailing Rules and Special Regulations for Tall Ships Races and Regattas.
  2. Captains and officers must be duly qualified and hold all necessary certificates required by the laws of their country to participate in the race or regatta series.
  3. Vessels must be legally licensed and insured to sail with trainees and take part in all programmed activities whether in port or at sea (including racing), and approved for the sea area of the voyage.
  4. Vessels must hold an appropriate commercial certificate to take passengers or trainees, and they must submit a valid annual inspection certificate from their Certifying Authority which is approved for the sea area of the voyage.
  5. The vessel’s stability characteristics and certification must be appropriate for the sea areas and season of the voyage being undertaken.
  6. Vessel operators must hold valid insurance cover against third party claims and injury, death or other loss to bursary recipients sailing as trainees, staff, or volunteers to a minumum £5M for the class of voyage and activities to be undertaken.
  7. Must have a Safety Management System (SMS) appropriate to their vessel. This can be in the language of the ship.
  8. Must have a trainee safeguarding, welfare and protection policty in place and a system for criminal record checks, or, where there is no system, an internal system for checking references for their sea staff and adult volunteers.
  9. Vessel operators must have a proven safety and a proven track record (two years) of delivering sail training voyages for young people.
  10. Vessels must have a proven track record of effectively delivering youth development work within their sail training proramme. They must either submit their sail training programme with the application, or provide an outline of activities on a typical voyage. In subsequent years, the quality will be monitored using feedback from trainees and others.
  11. In all cases, the Bursary Selection Panel has absolute discretion over decisions regarding the award of bursaries.

Please contact for more information.

What Is It?

The James Myatt Trust is a registered charity that’s run by trustees. Its aim is to support young people who are keen to take part in a sail training adventure in the U.K. and abroad.

The Trust has awarded 31 bursaries this year, across all of our Races and Regattas.

How Did The Trust Start?

In 1984, James Myatt’s friends and family started the trust. They made generous donations in his memory to help young people and sail training in general.

James Myatt was a keen sailor. His love of the sea began when he joined the Sea Scouts as a teenager in the U.K. Later, he led many voyages during the early days of sail training… and won the first Sail Training Association race across the Atlantic in 1964. He really valued the role of international friendship in sail training, and even helped to introduce Polish and Russian friendship cruises during the Cold War!

James later worked for the British Army, focusing on youth and leadership training. During his time there, he become special advisor to the new Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – something that many of our trainees take part in today.

Who Can Apply?

If you’re 16-25 years old and are prepared to raise a portion of the funds yourself, this could be the right option for you.

The Trust awards several different, and will even consider funding more than one person from a group. It focuses on voyages operated by the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO).

ASTO has vessels from 18m to more than 60m in length, and schedules voyages that can last between two and 14 days. So, you’ll be sure to find a sail training voyage that suits you and your timetable!

International Exchange Grants

The James Myatt Trust also offers special grants for two young people every year. The ASTO handles applications for these, and they are usually awarded to people with a track record in sailing. You’ll need to be recommended and supported by a sponsor organisation.

The Trust asks for a full report from everyone who takes part. They love to receive a record of the voyage, hear your thoughts and feelings, and see photos from your trip.

How You Can Apply

Visit the James Myatt Trust website for more information and an application form.

For more information, contact the Trust Secretary at


Sarah Asplin

“My exchange visit to Canada has been an unforgettable adventure! I am incredibly grateful to ASTO for organising this exchange and James Myatt Trust for their sponsorship. I had a fantastic time aboard the Tall Ship St Lawrence II, with thanks to all of the crew from Brigantine Inc. on the ship and the staff in the office. As ASTO allowed me to fly out earlier I had the opportunity to explore a little extra of Canada as well and completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, in Algonquin Provincial Park by Canoe which was fantastic.” – Sarah Asplin.

Peta Koczy

“I loved getting to grips with a new Ship – I wanted to know how everything worked and found myself inspired by all the new things around me; from different sails, to different ways of structuring the voyage, to different young people. All of the young people wanted to get the most out of their ten days – it was something they were really looking forward to! They were totally driven to learn and to take the lead and that’s what Spirit of New Zealand works to develop.” – Peta Koczy.

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What Is It?

The Host Country Bursary Scheme provides yet another way for you to get involved with sail training and experience an exciting adventure under sail.

We created and continue to fund the bursary to help disadvantaged young people from an event’s host country, who want to take part in a Race or Regatta within the country.

The funding will help with the costs of your involvement in a Tall Ships Race or Regatta.

Who Can Apply?

If you’re between 15-25 years old and live within a country where an event is due to take place, applying for a Host Country Bursary could be the right move for you.

We’re looking to help people who don’t live in the host port itself, haven’t participated in one of our events before, and could only take part with our help.

Finally, we ask you to write a short report on your experience… and provide us with as many photos and videos as you can! We love to share these on our website and our social media channels – and people love to see them!

How You Can Apply

We fund the bursary, but it’s allocated by a host country’s NSTO. If you’re eligible for funding, please contact the relevant NSTO for more information and to apply. Please note, you aren’t able to apply through Sail Training International or Sail On Board.

Several NSTOs run their own bursary schemes. Check with your local NSTO for more details.