Essex Scout’s offshore sailing team, Adventures Offshore, have embarked on an eight week international voyage which will see them visit ports in at least six European countries.

Offshore Scout, one of two identical 49 foot yachts carrying up to eleven crew plus three volunteer instructors, departed Ipswich on 4 July on the first leg of the trip which will take in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Latvia and Denmark.

The voyage is broken down into chunks of 7-10 days, with a different crew sailing each leg. Around 60 different crew, mostly young people, are expected to participate, with many counting their adventure as the Queens Scout or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award residential experience and working towards their RYA Competent Crew qualification.

At the end of July, there will be another crew change in Riga, where Offshore Scout will join the rest of the Tall Ships Race fleet. Before racing to Szczecin, crew will be able to mingle with thousands of other young people from across Europe and beyond on other sail training vessels, and experience some of the in port activities laid on by host ports. Regular updates will be posted to the Adventures Offshore facebook and twitter pages throughout the summer programme.

Offshore Scout eventually returns to the UK on 26 August, where she will join her sister ship, Ocean Scout, in Ipswich for the rest of the 2013 season. Adventures Offshore still have a limited number of vacancies for evening and weekend bookings in September and October. For those looking further ahead, the 2014 programme has recently been announced and this includes many more opportunities for evening and weekend sailing. During summer 2014, Adventures Offshore will be operating a varied and exciting programme utilising their two boats to offer the full Tall Ships Race programme alongside a series of weeklong voyages between the UK and Holland.

For more information about the opportunities available, visit the website, email or call 01206 385071.

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This year’s summer sailing route