We operate two very different vessels, both of which were purpose built for Sail Training voyages with young people.
Morning Star of Revelation is our flagship, a 19-metre gaff-rigged ketch. She has berths for fourteen and can take an additional two passengers on day sails. Morning Star is the oldest purpose-built vessel in the UK Sail Training fleet and has been taking young people to sea with the MST for over forty years! She is well known wherever she goes and has travelled as far as the USA as part of the international Tall Ships fleet. We always provide the Skipper, First Mate, Second Mate and Bosun/Third Mate on board Morning Star.
Bright Star is an 11-metre Westerly Oceanquest yacht. She was also built as specialist sail training vessel with a one-off layout, giving her seven single bunks. Bright Star is a new addition to the MST fleet for 2019 and will primarily be used for DofE expeditions and RYA training courses. She usually sails with five trainees and one Skipper or RYA Instructor, sometimes assisted by a Mate.
When you join the boat, you will be assigned your own single bunk within a cabin containing up to three other people. We try and assign cabins based on age and gender, but please be aware this is not always possible. Within the cabin you will have a number of storage lockers in which to unpack your personal kit.
The crew are split into teams called watches, led by a member of Sea Staff. The watch system allows the domestic duties such as cooking to be evenly shared and is also used if the boat is sailing overnight to ensure everyone gets some sleep!
You will be issued with your oilskins, lifejacket and harness by the Staff, and told how to use them. Before the boat leaves the berth on the first day, there will be a full safety briefing on how to use the equipment onboard, and what to do in an emergency.
The boat doesn’t carry enough water for you to use the showers on board, but there will be access to showers in most marinas we visit. Likewise, the 240V electric sockets don’t work when we are sailing, so if you wish to bring your phone or other electronic equipment please be aware you may not be able to keep it charged.
Every voyage is different, but you can generally expect to spend some nights tied up in a marina with access to the shore, some nights anchored, and some nights sailing. It’s not all sailing, and there will normally be the chance to explore some of the towns or places we sail to, as well as do other activities such as using the boat’s small inflatable boat, or swimming if the conditions are right. The itinerary for each voyage is dependant on the weather, and the Skipper’s primary objective is always the safety of the vessel and everyone aboard.