Your opportunity to be involved in a very special project: The Voyage of Recovery

What is the Voyage of Recovery?

Phoenix Futures (a charity providing services for people with drug and alcohol problems) and the Tectona Trust (a charity dedicated to improving access to the world of sailing are planning a very special project and we would welcome your support.

From August 2012, we will be giving the opportunity to 160 Phoenix Future’s service users to sail the beautiful Gaff Ketch Tectona sail boat 1,800 miles in 11 legs around the coastal waters of Britain. Starting from Portsmouth, sailing up past Lands End and Liverpool to the west coast of Scotland and through the Caledonian Canal, coming back down along the east coast of England and finally arriving back; 10 to 12 weeks later.


Sailing the Tectona is hard, physical work involving team-work and a commitment to learning new skills. The service users would be involved in every aspect of running the ship, day and night, from planning and navigation to hoisting, trimming and reefing the sails; from keeping lookout and steering to hauling up the anchor.

Professional crew provided by Cremyll Sailing (a sail training charity) will ensure safety, teach techniques and encourage service users to reflect on their experiences on a daily basis.

The objective of this innovative project is to give those that are currently engaged in intensive in drug and alcohol rehabilitative treatment, and have already demonstrated a strong commitment to their goal of recovery, a goal to aim towards, and offer an alternative form of therapy which will enhance their treatment.

The adventure begins on 1 August 2012 and we need your help and support to make sure it will happen.

What’s the benefit of this project?

Sail training is proven to increase individual’s self-esteem and confidence, it also provides an arena for service users to gain awareness of one another and learn how to work as a team to achieve a common goal.

Each service user would also obtain a RYA competent crew certificate which is a recognised qualification and a great starting point for anyone thinking about a career in sailing.

We believe that it is important to find new and adventurous approaches towards therapy and recovery from addiction.

This project will open up the world of sail training, and the benefits that come with it, to many people who wouldn’t normally have such an opportunity. We believe this sailing experience will be something that is remembered for life by the participants.

An educational opportunity

Plymouth University are currently researching with the Tectona Trust the benefits of sail training and the effects it has on people’s behaviour after they have experienced both the serenity of the sea and the diverse challenges faced at whilst at sea.

To-date the evidence suggests that it is certainly positive. Sail training has a very similar benefit to other projects that Phoenix Futures run nationally. In order for people to recover they need some time out to reflect, do something that is good for their self confidence, great for their self-worth and building a new self-belief.

This voyage will provide another valuable opportunity for Plymouth University and the Tectona Trust to understand better the positive impact of sail training.

“I went on a sail training trip with my service last year and now work as a volunteer on the same boat, it’s been life changing in more ways than anyone could imagine” Darren Long – Former Phoenix Futures Service User

We really need your help to make this happen.

The total cost of this exciting project is £70,000. This cost includes food and the professional crew’s salaries for the three month period of the voyage.

How can you be part of this very special project?

There are lots of ways you can get involved; here are just a few ideas:

  • You can purchase a place on the first leg of the journey from Plymouth to Portsmouth and experience sailing the 80ft Tectona for yourself – price on enquiry
  • You could sponsor a service user to take part – £438
  • Donate directly to this project at Justgiving – all donations  no matter how much are very much appreciated
  • Donate equipment, food, waterproof clothing
  •  Arrange a fundraising event in your community to support this special project
  • Be the official headline sponsor of the The Voyage for Recovery and add your name to this innovative project

For more information go to or call us on 0207 234 9762 to find out how you could get involved on we’d love to speak to you.

Who are we?

Phoenix Futures

Phoenix House (operating as Phoenix Futures) is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 284880) and in Scotland (No. SCO39008).

Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869. Registered Tenant Services Authority Number H3795.

National Housing Federation Member.

Registered Office
Phoenix Futures, 3rd Floor, ASRA House, 1 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PG

Thank you for your interest, we hope you will join us so that together we will make The Voyage of Recovery a project we will all be proud of for many, many years to come.




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