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9 Day Open Expedition 

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Group / Team Expeditions

If you are part of a school or DofE group, or you would like to put together your own expedition with a group of friends, we at Quaystage can help you by giving you the necessary arrangements and skills you need to carry out your sailing expedition. All we need to know is the date that you wish to start your training and expedition week.

Your expedition can be completed over a 9 or 14 days period or as per your format, providing it meets the the qualifying requirements.

Groups should be between 5-7 people ideally, with at least two days sailing experience (RYA Start Yachting or above standard). 

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Achieving your RYA Day Skipper on your expedition   

It is possible during our 14 day expeditions to achieve your RYA Day Skipper, if you put in the effort and meet the required standards upon completion of your expedition and training. 

Please discuss with one of our staff how this can be achieved at the time of booking. 

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Need a course on another date?

We run our DofE Expedition Voyages during most school holidays. These include Half-Terms, Easter and Summer Holidays.  

If you are looking for a DofE Sailing Expedition or Gold DofE Sailing related Residential course, then contact us for a chat and find out availability. 

Make your  Gold DofE experience even better - sail with us!


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Duke of Edinburgh's Award - DofE Sailing

Are you currently working towards (or planning to start soon) achieving your Gold DofE Award and would like to make learning to sail part of your accomplishments?

As a DofE Approved Activity Provider, we are able to offer programmes suitable for both the Residential and Expedition section of a Gold DofE Award.

Whether you are a sailing novice and want to take this opportunity to try out something new, or you already have some sailing experience and want to take your skills to the next level – we offer a variety of different programmes, so anyone can find just the right fit.

And if you have any questions about which programmes is best for your DofE Award, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.


(Please note – As required by The DofE, you must be between 16 and 24 years old in order to complete any of the sections for a Gold level DofE Award!)

DofE Award – Residential Section

All our dedicated youth summer Sail Camps qualify for the Residential section of your Gold Level DofE Award. As part of one of our exciting teen adventure weeks you will be on board with other young people within your age group, and be supervised by experienced staff, all of whom have been DBS checked.

To find out where your residential adventure could take you, click below to discover the Sail Camp best for you.

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DofE Gold Sailing Expeditions

Doing your DofE Expedition under sail is a true adventure, and there is nothing quite like the sense of achievement you will get from learning how to sail and navigate your boat, plan your voyage, and finally setting sail and taking command of your vessel!

Our Sailing Expeditions programmes are intense but exhilarating experiences, and don’t worry – we will be there every step of the way to help you through this challenge!

Learn more about our DofE Expedition programmes here

Safety on board

Taking command and responsibility of a sailing vessel (and your crew) for your DofE Expedition can be a daunting prospect. However, there is no need to worry! - Throughout your training and practice expedition, our highly qualified and experienced instructor will be there to teach you and make sure you are safe at all times. And during your qualifying expedition, your assessor will not only be there to assess you, but also have the necessary sailing qualifications and experience to ensure the safety of you and the other crew on board.


The fee you pay for your Expedition programme includes accommodation on board, as well as all equipment and food you will need for your programme. (Not included: travel to and from the programme and personal travel insurance.)

Our DofE Expedition programmes are priced at cost. This is why you may find the same programme offered for different prices, as our costs (especially boat charters) are different depending on the season and other factors.

Group bookings tend to be more cost effective, as we have less uncertainties to take into account, and can distribute the programme cost amongst a known number of participants. As a rule of thumb: The earlier in your planning stage you get in touch with us, the better and more cost-effectively we can plan your programme!

Upcoming DofE Gold Sailing Expedition Dates 

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DofE Open Expedition 12 Day

DofE (Gold) Expedition

12 Day Expedition with RYA Training 
(additional days may be required
for certain qualifications)

14 - 25 August 2023
Limited spaces

Southampton to Southampton

£ 1,695.00

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Please note - expeditions require a minimum of 5 participants in order to go ahead!

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