The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme (DofE), is the world’s leading youth achievement award, encouraging millions of young people to challenge themselves and inspiring them to change their lives and communities. 


MST is proud to be an Accredited Activity Provider for both the Residential and Expedition sections of the DofE awards. 


You can undertake your Gold Expedition either as an individual or group as part of our unique voyage package. By the end of the voyage you will sail the boat as an expedition group, with the absolute minimum of support from the onboard skipper. This is an opportunity to learn a new skill and gain an RYA qualification whilst completing your expedition in a totally different way!  

We run a ten day expedition voyage consisting of two parts:

  • Part one (5 days) – Training and Practice learn about the boat, navigation and prepare to take command of the vessel yourself. During this time you will earn the RYA Start Yachting or Competent Crew qualifications (depending on prior experience)  and also complete your practice expedition. 

  • Part two (5 days) – Assessed Expedition. Plan the voyage, get the boat ready, and cast off as the skippers of your own expedition yacht! For safety reasons, one of our qualified and experienced skippers will remain on board, but you will be in charge of doing as much of the sailing, boat handling and decision making as possible. 

Parts one and two normally run concurrently, although for groups we can organise separate weeks for the parts if this is easier. 


Our expeditions are open to complete novices as well as experienced sailors. You can either book an individual place on one of our ‘open’ expeditions below or contact us to arrange for your expedition group to sail together on a convenient date. 

We can also offer Bronze and Silver expeditions to groups on request. 

For participants in DofE Expedition voyages we also offer the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship online theory course for an additional discounted price of £75. This is not required to complete the expedition as all the skills and knowledge you need will be taught on the voyage. If you would like to complete this additional course please let us know on booking. 

Gold Residential 

All of our 'sailing adventure' voyages that are longer than five days fulfil the requirements of the Residential section. 

Book your expedition:


01243 908026

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