2020 Programme

CORONAVIRUS:

To all our customers and supporters,

These are unprecedented times, and whilst our trustees initially tried very hard to ensure that we were open for business as usual, we have had to accept that we have been overtaken by events. Both government advice on social distancing, and the Scout Association decision to suspend all Scouting activity, have caused us to cancel our planned programme for the next few weeks. We have made the decision to review our voyages four weeks ahead of the date they are due to sail. If we find we are unable to go ahead with a voyage due to the restrictions imposed on us, we will contact our customers individually.

We know how much our young crewmembers benefit from the voyages that we offer, and we feel very sorry that we might disappoint anyone. We would like to think that our customers will be understanding of the situation, and we hope that we can re-schedule any disrupted voyages. Please be assured that if your voyage is likely to be affected, we will be in touch with you four weeks before you are due to sail.

As soon as restrictions are eased, and once we consider it safe to operate our voyages we will get back to running our full programme. We are really looking forward to going sailing again, and very much hope that we will be able to arrange to get you all on the water as soon as we can.

Thank you all for your support during these difficult times.


We have two boats and they each have their own itinerary which is split into Spring, Summer and Autumn. See below a summary of the 2020 programme for each of our boats.

Spring Programme – Group Bookings only

Ocean Scout

Start and finish from Ipswich Haven

APRIL DatesOnboardVoyageDetails
Friday evening 3rd – Sunday 5th2 nightsNew Sea-Staff Assessment WeekendIf you have sailing qualifications and are able to volunteer onboard, please get in touch!
Sunday evening 5th – Friday 10th6 nights2020 Young Sea-Staff Training WeekendTraining takes place for new sea-staff onboard Ocean Scout and Offshore Scout.
Friday evening 10th – Monday 13th3 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater.
Monday evening 13th – Friday 17th4 nightsExplorer 14 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater or Burnham on the River Crouch.
Friday evening 17th – Sunday 19th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 24th – Sunday 26th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
MAY DatesDurationVoyageDetails
Friday evening 1st – Sunday 3rd2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Thursday evening 7th – Sunday 10th3 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater.
Friday evening 15th – Sunday 17th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 22nd – Friday 29th7 nightsExplorer 14 years +Leave Ipswich and head up to Lowestoft or down to Ramsgate or further afield to Belgium or The Netherlands as tide and weather allow.
Friday evening 29th – Sunday 31st2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
JUNE DatesDurationVoyageDetails
Friday evening 5th – Sunday 7th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 12th – Sunday 14th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.

Offshore Scout

Start and finish from Ipswich Haven

APRIL DatesOnboardVoyage Details
Friday evening 3rd – Sunday 5th2 nightsNew Volunteers Assessment WeekendIf you would like to volunteer, please get in touch!
Friday evening 10th – Monday 13th3 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater.
Monday evening 13th – Friday 17th4 nightsExplorer 14 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater or Burnham on the River Crouch.
Friday evening 17th – Sunday 19th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 24th – Sunday 26th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
MAY DatesDurationVoyageDetails
Friday evening 1st – Sunday 3rd2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Thursday evening 7th – Sunday 10th3 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local rivers – the Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell. If weather and tide allow, you may get as far as Mersea on the Blackwater.
Friday evening 15th – Sunday 17th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 22nd – Friday 29th7 nightsExplorer 14 years +Leave Ipswich and head up to Lowestoft or down to Ramsgate or further afield to Belgium or The Netherlands as tide and weather allow.
Friday evening 29th – Sunday 31st2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
JUNE DatesDurationVoyageDetails
Friday evening 5th – Sunday 7th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 12th – Sunday 14th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 19th – Sunday 21st2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 26th – Sunday 28th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
JULY DatesDurationVoyageDetails
Friday evening 3rd – Sunday 5th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.

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Summer Programme – Individual & Group Bookings

Ocean Scout

JUNE DatesOnboardDeparting fromDestinationVoyageDetails
Wednesday 17th – Saturday 4th 17 nightsIpswichLisbonAdult Mile Builder 18 years +Expect some challenging sailing on this voyage across Biscay. Arrive in Lisbon for the opening ceremony of the Tall Ships Races 2020. If weather and time allow you will visit other Spanish ports along the way.
JULY DatesOnboardDeparting fromDestinationVoyageDetails
Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th7 nightsLisbonCadizTall Ships Race 16 years +Tall Ships Race 1: Take part in the parade of sail as you leave Lisbon. Race to Cadiz and enjoy shore events, crew party and fireworks.
Saturday 11th – Sunday 26th15 nightsCadizA CorunaTall Ships Race 16 years +Tall Ships Race 2 & cruise in company: Race from Cadiz to Sagres and then cruise along Portugese and Spanish coastline to A Coruna. Includes parade of sail and crew party.
Sunday 26th – Sunday 9th14 nightsA CorunaDunkirkTall Ships Race 16 years +Tall Ships Race 3: Take part in the parade of sail as you leave A Coruna. Race across Biscay to Dunkirk and enjoy shore events, crew party and fireworks.
AUGUST DatesDurationDeparting fromDestinationVoyageDetails
Sunday 9th – Sunday 16th7 nightsDunkirkLondonExplorer 16 years +French Explorer: Join the Tall Ships Race closing ceremony and fireworks. Take part in the parade of sail as you leave Dunkirk. Cross the channel and head up the River Thames to end your voyage at Tower Bridge.
Sunday 16th – Sunday 23rd7 nightsLondonIpswichExplorer 16 years +East Coast Fun Seamanship race: sail from Tower Bridge to Mersea Island, take part in a day fun-race against other East Coast Sail Training boats. Enjoy an evening BBQ with the other young crews and then set sail for Ipswich.
Sunday 23rd – Sunday 30th7 nightsIpswichIpswichExplorer 16 years +Netherlands Explorer: You will cross the North Sea to visit the Netherlands before heading back to the UK.

Offshore Scout

JULY DatesOnboardDeparting fromDestinationVoyageDetails
Saturday 11th – Tuesday 21st 10 nightsIpswichDenmarkExplorer 14 years +Special charter to Danish Scout Jamboree
Tuesday 21st – Thursday 30th9 nightsDenmarkDenmarkExplorer 14 years +Special charter to Danish Scout Jamboree
Thursday 30th – Sunday 9th10 nightsDenmarkIpswichExplorer 14 years +Special charter to Danish Scout Jamboree
AUGUST DatesDurationDeparting fromDestinationVoyageDetails
Sunday 9th – Friday 21st12 nightsIpswichDartmouthExplorer 14 years +ASTO Small Ships Race and Mayflower Festival: Sail from Ipswich to Gosport and then join the Small Ships Mayflower Race to the Dartmouth Mayflower 400th anniversary festival.
Friday 21st – Monday 31st10 nightsDartmouthIpswichExplorer 14 years +Channel Islands Explorer

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Autumn Programme – Group Bookings only

Ocean Scout

Start and finish from Ipswich Haven

SEPTEMBER DatesOnboardVoyageDetails
Friday evening 4th – Sunday 6th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 11th – Sunday 13th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 18th – Sunday 20th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 25th- Sunday 27th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
OCTOBER DatesOnboardVoyageDetails
Friday evening 2nd – Sunday 4th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 9th – Sunday 11th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 16th – Sunday 18th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Saturday evening 24th – Monday 26th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years +Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Monday 26th – Friday 30th4 nightsExplorer 14 years +Leave Ipswich and head up to Lowestoft or down to Ramsgate or further afield to Belgium or The Netherlands as tide and weather allow.
Friday 30th – Sunday 1st2 nightsNew Volunteers AssessmentIf you would like to volunteer, please get in touch!

Offshore Scout

Start and finish from Ipswich Haven

SEPTEMBER DatesOnboardVoyageDetails
Friday evening 4th – Sunday 6th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 11th – Sunday 13th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 18th – Sunday 20th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 25th- Sunday 27th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
OCTOBER DatesOnboardVoyageDetails
Friday evening 2nd – Sunday 4th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 9th – Sunday 11th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday evening 16th – Sunday 18th2 nightsCatalyst 10 years + Leave Ipswich and explore the local River Stour to Wrabness or Shotley on the Orwell.
Friday 23rd- Sunday 1st 9 nightsDofE Practice and ExpeditionLeave Ipswich and head up to Lowestoft or down to Ramsgate or further afield as tide and weather allow.

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