If you are a young person and want support in funding your voyage with Morning Star Trust, the following charities may be able to help you. You must apply directly to each of the trusts but feel free to contact us for help or fund raising tips.

Please note that most of the charities require individuals to part fund their voyage in some way, a good way to do this is to fund raise for your voyage!

Follow the steps below to book and find a bursary.  We recommend that you book and pay your deposit first in order to show commitment, however you could always contact us to pencil your name in a voyage before you pay, in order to give yourself more time to find financial support.

Follow these steps:

1. Find your voyage

So the first thing to do is to find a voyage on our booking system (just click 'book online' above)

2. Book Online & pay your deposit

Make a booking online and pay the deposit, which is usually 20% of the overall voyage fee.  If you don't have enough funds for the deposit, just let us know, we may be able to help.

3. Contact a bursary provider

Once you have booked online and paid the deposit, you can apply to the following bursary providers.

Bursary Providers

Click on the links below to apply for your bursary:

Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust 

Support may be offered young people who are 14 to 18 years old and would not usually be able to afford the voyage.


James Myatt Sailing Trust for Young People  

Support may be offered to young people who are 16 to 25 years old and would not usually be able to afford the voyage.


The Seven Seas Club Baxter & Grimshaw Trust 

Support may be offered young people who are under 25 and have come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. in care, low income family, single parent family etc.)

Morning Star Under 26's Bursary

Every year we fundraise to support young people in sailing with us.  We may be able to part fund your voyage if you are 25 or under and are unable to pay for your voyage if you meet the following criteria:

  • Low income family

  • Single parent family

  • Young Carer

  • Homelessness

  • Substance Misuse

  • Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

  • Other situation which may prevent you from sailing with us.

Sultanate of Oman Bursary FOR TALL SHIPS RACE ONLY

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.

Sail on Board

New bursary opportunities are regularly promoted on the Sail on Board Website.

ASTO (UK Sail Training)

ASTO offer more advice here

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