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Advanced Thrills & Skills

The staff in the Classic Sailing Office have enough sea miles to go around the world 6 times, but we are not embarrassed by paying to go a sailing voyage, if it fits our ambitions. The logical conclusion of a sailing hobby is to buy your own boat, but there are cheaper ways to see the world on a beautiful and probably bigger sailing ship…and keep the day job. 

Hardcore Challenges & Well Chosen Escapes

Experienced sailors don’t always want their next voyage to be more challenging or harder. We have plenty of customers who have weathered the gales and already been tested for courage by the sea. Our office and sea staff hope we can offer you mutual respect and we can learn from each other. When you ring us we are ready to answer questions from novices to master mariners. You might be someone who knows enough to look for an ocean passage that has trade winds in the right direction, but we can tell you which ship might will offer the most advanced thrills or good company.

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Career Sailor – How to Work on Tall Ships

Please note, Classic Sailing is not an employment agency, and we are not responsible for employing the paid or voluntary crew on the vessels we work with.

Do you dream of working on a tall ship or ocean going schooner? Or perhaps you want to be a mate or skipper of a pilot cutter or a historic sailing trawler? You are not alone. Brutal fact many people want to learn how to work on tall ships. Very few tall ships can afford to pay staff at ‘entry level’ like deck hands or watch leaders. These are generally filled by volunteers and some have to pay living costs. You can spend a lot of time and money gaining qualifications but you will nearly always earn more on private superyachts than sail training ships. However if you want to do something worthwhile at sea that benefits everybody’s self development, keeps historic boats well maintained and restores your faith in humanity, then our traditional vessels can be the perfect career.

Qualifications and Skills for Working At Sea

There are several career qualification pathways into jobs at sea.

  • RYA Course schemes for sailing and motor vessels, dinghies, and watersports. All training schemes include levels up to Instructor Training.
  • STCW courses for Merchant Navy and Super Yacht Training
  • Apprenticeships, Cadetships & Placements with training
  • Get a job on board or volunteer – Work your way up

If you want more information on what these steps involve, and the pros and cons, then read our career articles. We also have real career case studies you can read about, so you can see how some of us found our way into the best jobs in the world. Better still come sailing and talk to the skipper and crews on board.

Articles with Careers advice

Articles with Careers advice

Qualifying Sea Time & watch keeping

If you have any sort of dream or plan to turn an interest in sailing into a career you will need proof of your sailing experience. The sooner you start recording the voyages and mileage you do in something like a RYA logbook, Seaman’s Discharge Book or MCA record book, the easier it is convince a possible employer that you are serious about sailing as a profession.

Read more about sea time and experience needed for Yachtmaster Offshore Exam or STCW rating and deck officer. There are also our suggestions for the best voyages to gain miles, coastal pilotage, offshore watch keeping experience and ocean celestial navigation practice.

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