The Ocean Youth Club


The Ocean Youth Club was founded in 1960 by Chris Courtauld and the late Chris Ellis and has since taken well over 100,000 young people to sea.

Since the year 2000, the Ocean Youth Club has operated as a number of separate regional Ocean Youth Trust charities. The four regions are all represented within a national charity, Ocean Youth Trust UK, which helps with co-ordination when required.


OYT North


Ocean Youth Trust North is a charity specialising in the personal development of young people and adults through the unique medium of ocean sailing. We offer a safe but exhilarating residential experience that changes lives and inspires futures. Through sailing we help young people and adults, irrespective of their background, escape the difficulties that they face at home. They acquire a range of life skills learnt while working as a team and rising to the challenge of the sea. We have sailed with a huge range of organisations, including schools, youth groups, local authority programmes and disability organisations. Participants in our programme learn to overcome personal fears and obstacles and go on to shape a brighter future for themselves and their community.


Sail training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional.  It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility, promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks.  For most who undertake sail training on Tall Ships it is a positive life-changing experience.

Queen™s Award for Voluntary Service

Ocean Youth Trust South was one of 130 winners of The Queen™s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others in 2011.