The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (known as DofE) is open to those aged 14 – 24 years and has three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Each Award has four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition and for the Gold Award there is a fifth section, the Residential.

Challenge Wales is an Approved Activity Provider and provides a fantastic Gold DofE Residential.

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, onboard Challenge Wales with some DofE participants

Any voyages that are 5 days or more qualify as a Gold DofE Residential.

Don’t forget bursary funding is available to support all UK residents (aged 12 – 25 years) to jump onboard Challenge Wales, so check out our Bursaries page to see how. This can often automatically reduce your voyage costs by 50% and in some cases much more.

Fredrikstad (Norway) to Bergen (Norway): 13th - 23rd July 2019

Get ready for the Cruise in Company. Join us in the afternoon of 13th July, explore one or two of the spectacular tall ships before the Challenge Wales welcome meeting where you will meet your fellow crew. Learn the ropes and head off to sea in the spectacular parade of sail. Then it will be a time to explore some of the amazing ports in Norway and spot wildlife. if you are wanting to take part in the Tall Ships Races but aren’t looking for a competitive voyage then this is perfect for you.

Cost – £855 (different bursaries are available for this voyage including  one up to €500 if eligible)
This is going to be an amazing voyage, read our Tall Ships Information Pack with lots of information and how to fund your trip!


Bergen (Norway) to Aarhus (Denmark) - 23rd July - 3rd August 2019

It’s Race 2 of the Tall Ships Races and a good opportunity for some exciting sailing to the finish port and the celebrations. You’ll be working in watches, as two teams and making lifelong friends along the way. In port, meet up with crews from all over the world and take part in the famous crew parade representing Wales and the UK.

Cost – £900 (different bursaries are available for this voyage including one up to €500 if eligible)
Read our Tall Ships Information pack with details on how to fund your voyage!


Aarhus (Denmark) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) 3rd - 12th August 2019

It’s our first Homeward Bound Leg. Take part in the Parade of Sail and wave goodbye to the amazing tall ships events. Before we set sail you will have time to experience the party atmosphere of this spectacular event.

Cost – £550 (different bursaries are available for this voyage for those aged 18 – 25 years so please check out our bursaries page. This voyage is suitable for those aged 18 – 80 years.
Read our Tall Ships Information pack here!


Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Gosport (UK) 12th - 18th August

It’s our second Homeward Bound Leg.  Experience the sail from Amsterdam all the way back to Gosport, a great opportunity to develop sailing and navigational skills as we make our way back to the UK.

Cost – £560 (Different bursaries are available for this voyage if eligible)
Read our Information pack for this voyage!


Adventure Residential: 19th - 23rd August 2019 | Penarth - Cardiff

Jump aboard Adventure Wales for this 5 day residential. Perfect for those looking to develop teamwork and confidence, have some time out at the end of the summer holidays, meet new people and have some fun. Get involved in all aspects of sailing Adventure Wales. This trip is planning to meet up with Challenge Wales so that both boats sail back to Cardiff together. This voyage is also suitable for anyone doing their DofE Gold Residential.

Full price without bursary | £495
Price with bursary for UK/Ireland residents: £250 and additional bursaries may be available.

Gosport (South England, UK) to Penarth (South Wales, UK) 18th August - 23rd August 2019

It’s our final leg home to Penarth.  Joining Challenge Wales in Gosport you will help crew the vessel back to its home port of Penarth, with an opportunity to see Lundy Island, an island host to seals, puffins and pods of dolphins.  You’ll sail along some of the most spectacular coastlines of Devon and Cornwall before experiencing sailing in the Bristol Channel.

Cost – £500 per person (bursaries are available for this voyage)



The Colin Laidlaw Sea Life Sail It Voyage: 27th - 31st August 2019

In it’s second year, this voyage has been created to help young people develop a passion for sailing and give them an opportunity to experience being at sea. Open to those aged 16 – 25 years. Places need to be applied for and applications opened in March 2019. If you are interested in joining us then please email us so that we can send you a Nomination Form. Voyage will start and finish in Cardiff Bay.

Cost | £35  –  3 berths left.