Gap Year travelling or career break for adults - Run Away to Sea
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” Mark Twain
Taking the plunge and stepping off the treadmill of earning a living or bringing up children is tempting to us all. Who hasn’t looked jealously at school leavers going off travelling before university and wished they could take a GAP year – satisfy some wanderlust and follow a few dreams.
GAP Years for Adults - It should be Compulsory!
Why live on our ships as part of a GAP YEAR ?
'University of the Ocean'
If you have to justify a career break or GAP year then an 'apprenticeship before the mast' like this has a lot going for it. These ships are very self sufficent and the professional crew have a wealth of knowledge you can tap into. Skills range from metal welding to advance meteorology; oceanography to wildlife guiding. Your fellow crew will have come from all walks of life. On Europa trips I have learnt about husky dog sledding, how to tell a fake diamond, what it is like to overwinter on an Antarctic base and how traditional kayaks are constructed from my fellow guest crew. Apart from being on watch and helping sail the ship, you will slowly find the energy to be busy in busy in your off watch too. Both ships have lots of tables and chairs and libraries to work on your own hobbies and projects.
Imagine how easy it is to talk to locals on a remote island when you have travelled their by sailing ship and your own physical efforts. These ships recognise the value of inviting local people aboard where ever they go.
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Career change to sailing ?
Historic sailing ship Bessie Ellen is sailing in the Canaries and Azores this winter and has voyages around UK and France in the summer. She occasionally has a vacancy for seasonal deckhand (unpaid but all food and accommodation on board provided).
If you can't spare the whole season then we have created some month long deckhand placements with full training on Bessie Ellen at a signicantly reduced weekly voyage fee of around £200 (normally £699 per week for charter crew). This is hard physical work and involves domestic chores and maintainence on a historic wooden ship.
12 Month Apprenticeship on an Ocean Going Lugger
Alas nothing in this life is free, but this mates training on a unique wooden charter boat will give you huge head start in the industry and the training fee will cover taking your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam and you should also have gained enough experience to take your Ocean Yachtmaster too by the end of your year. Grayhound is a 106ft three mast lugger and will run her first charter season in 2013. Apply now.