Rona Sailing Project

We are an inclusive sail training charity. Whether you have experience or not, sail training with the Rona Sailing Project is for you. Anyone can sail with us.

Voyages are subsided and cost only £215 per week. People come from all over the UK and abroad to sail with us. Operating three custom built sail training yachts the Rona Sailing Project runs week long sail training voyages for people aged 14-25. The aim of the voyages are for the young people to acquire a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and team work. Each year one of the boats takes part

Operating as usual


Want to work for an amazing organisation? Want to work with a small but dynamic team? Want to work with some wonderful volunteers?

Well we are now hiring. The role of Project Administrator is an essential part of ensuring that the Project runs efficiently.

The closing date is 24 January so if you are interested in applying then please contact Sarah, [email protected] to receive the job description.

The Rona Sailing Project is based at Universal Marina, Southampton.


For the last 30 years we have had the honour of being involved with the Gemini Project (a non profit making organisation) who run 4 day voyages for adults with severe learning difficulties.

These voyages are inspirational and the crew members always return smiling and excited about their adventure.

In 2024 we are running 4 Gemini voyages and bookings are now open for crew members to take part.

3 - 6 June
7 - 10 June
29 August - 1 September
2 - 5 September

The cost remains at £200 per berth.

If you know someone or are involved with an organisation who may have adults who would benefit from taking part in one of the voyages then please contact [email protected] for further information. Fun is always guaranteed on these voyages


Thank you to everyone who has sailed with the Project in 2023 and making it another fantastic season.

Merrilyn is now about to start her refit and it's only a couple more weeks before Rona II & Donald Searle finish sailing, so it's time to start getting ready for 2024.

Our programme is now finalised and you can view it on our website

Bookings are now open! We hope to see many of you in 2024 and please spread the word to anyone who you feel would benefit from a voyage aboard one of our amazing boats!

Once you know which voyage you would like to sail on then email [email protected] and book a berth.

See you soon! ⛵️⛵️⛵️


Welcome to our first new Junior Watch Leaders from the 2023 season! Thanks for all your hard work over the weekend and welcome to the RSP family! You have lots of fun ahead of you😄⛵️⚓️🥇

The RSP set sail for Metastatic Breast Cancer | 08/08/2023

The RSP will host a day sail with patients and nurses from The Breast Department in Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital on September 15th. The day is being organised by dynamic and unstoppable Metastatic Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist, Ellie Blaiklock who who goes above and beyond in supporting the ladies in her unit. We are aiming to give everyone a memorable, fun day on the water with our own team of dedicated RSP volunteers two of whom are nurses.

This is the second trip that Ellie has organised for her patients and we are looking forward to welcoming them on board again for a fun day in the Solent.

Ellie has set up a Wonderful Fundraising page to fund the sail. 100% of the funds raised will will go towards the costs including a delicious lunch so that no one has to pay a penny. All donations are appreciated and will have a massive impact on this tremendous group of women!

Thank you!

Any support would be amazing!! See here:

The RSP set sail for Metastatic Breast Cancer | The Rona Sailing Trust have very kindly organised a sailing day for people living with Stage 4 Incurable Metastatic Breast Cancer. These people are having


Unexpected vacancies on STV6 (10 - 16 August) aboard Donald Searle.

This voyage is for 16 - 19 year old girls. If you are interested in joining us for the week then the cost is £270 and please email [email protected] directly to enquire.

Hopefully we can fill the berths and send out Donald Searle with a full crew. We have a complete female afterguard aboard too so it will be 'girl power' that week!

Virtual Tours - Rona Sailing Project 01/08/2023

Have you ever wondered what the boats look like below decks? You can now go on a virtual tour of our 3 large sail training yachts. Just go to to have a look.

If you wish to sail on one of these then we still have a few vacancies for this summer.

17 - 23 August Donald Searle (14 - 16 year old girls)
24 - 20 August Merrilyn (14 - 16 year old girls)
14 - 20 October Donald Searle (18 - 25 year old mixed gender)
21 - 27 October Donald Searle (16 - 19 year old boys) & Rona II (16 - 19 year old girls)

Just email [email protected] and we can get you sailing. Cost remains at £270 for a 7 day voyage. No experience necessary, sense of adventure essential and it is also suitable for the DoE Gold Residential too.

Virtual Tours - Rona Sailing Project Welcome to our virtual tours, here you can “walk” around our boats, to get a feel for the accommodation and layouts of the boats before you set sail. You can also find more out about our boats here.


Last minute berths available next week:
Due to cancellations we have berths available next week from Thursday 27th to Wednesday 2nd of August. One is for a 14/15 year old boy and one for a 16-19 year old girl.

The cost is only £270

Please call 01489885098 today by 3pm or email
[email protected] to secure one of the berths!

Round the Island Weekend Fundraiser for Rona Trust | 27/06/2023

Rona II and Donald Searle are participating in the 2023 edition of the Round the Island Race this coming weekend in support of our charitable activities. Please read all about it below and donate if you can...

Round the Island Weekend Fundraiser for Rona Trust | The Rona Sailing Project (RSP) is a registered charity and a volunteer-based Sail Training Organisation. RSP is the working name of the Rona Trust. RSP


We are recruiting for a new Project Director! If you or someone you know is interested please have a look at the description for this wonderful job on our website... 👇👇👇

UK Sail Training Careers UK Sail Training


If anyone is in the area and available to give Challenege Wales a hand, email [email protected]

Can you help another ? Our great friends Challenge Wales are currently in Fowey refitting at Toms Yard Polruan and are in desperate need of some hands to help finish some painting in the interior of the boat this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They are a great group of people, and even a few hours will significantly help them.

Fowey Harbour, Fowey Gallants Sailing Club Royal Fowey Yacht Club

If anyone is in the area and available to give Challenege Wales a hand, email [email protected]


Sincere thanks to the fabulous Ladies Committee/Fundraising team at the Royal Southern Yacht Club for raising an incredible £2,300 for The Rona Sailing Project as one of their chosen charities for 2022. The Project Director, Bríd Barrett recently met with the committee to receive the rather large cheque! The money will be used to pay for new lifejackets which will be used in 2023 and for many years to come.
£2,300 is hard earned and we are indebted to the committee for their sterling efforts for the young people who will sail with us.

Webinar: Sustainable Anchoring & Moorings - Solent Maritime - The Green Blue 21/02/2023

This looks incredible and well worth an hour of your time …

Webinar: Sustainable Anchoring & Moorings - Solent Maritime - The Green Blue Join our live webinar to find out more about the importance of seabed habitats such as seagrass, why they are under threat and how the boating community can play an … Webinar: Sustainable Anchoring & Moorings – Solent Maritime Read More »

Timeline photos 14/02/2023

This beaut ❤️ Rona II being led to the hangar this morning. Thanks to the Premier Universal Marina team for delivering her so carefully and expertly!

Foggy morning at Universal today but not enough to stop the boatyard team from manoeuvring this massive 21m vessel around the site 👷


One more voyage in the 2022 season and we still have a couple of berths available at October half term, Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th.

Donald Searle 16-19 male crew
Merrilyn 14-15 female crew
Rona II 16 - 19 female crew

Cost £245 per person

If you want to come along and get that last sail of the season in then please contact [email protected]

Photos from Rona Sailing Project's post 06/08/2022

Rona II crew’s customary Mexican wave departing Cork Harbour and the view from Whitebay and The Point. (Thanks to Leonard O’Brien and Donal Good for the shoreside photos and to the crew for the touching song to Bríd’s mum who heard it from her garden 🙂 )


Rona II departing Crosshaven in Cork en route to Kinsale. Safe passage to everyone on board! Have a blast in Kinsale!


Most berths are sold out for the summer season, however we have a limited number remaining for boys aged 14 – 16 on the following voyages:

Thursday 11th to Wednesday 17th

Thursday 18th to Wednesday 24th

Please email [email protected] for a booking form or call 01489885098 if you have any questions for us! | Sophs castle to coast 23/07/2022

Today is the day Soph takes this challenge on in aid of the Rona Sailing Project. She has smashed her fundraising target and she’s going to smash the Castle to Coast Challenge.

Best of luck we are all behind you! | Sophs castle to coast Hi all, As most of you know I love to keep fit and sail so I’ve decided to combine the two! on the 23rd July I am hoping to complete “castle | Sophs castle to coast 17/07/2022

Yet again Sophie, one of our skippers, is doing something amazing and almost super human for the Rona Sailing Project! She has dedicated so much time to this and we absolutely need to get behind her!! Please show your support and awe by making a donation to her incredible challenge! | Sophs castle to coast Hi all, As most of you know I love to keep fit and sail so I’ve decided to combine the two! on the 23rd July I am hoping to complete “castle

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