Riverboat Adventure for Young People

Thames Venturer
Thames Venturer

Sail 4 Cancer is delighted to be working with the National Community Boats Association & River Thames Boat Project to provide boating trips full of adventure for teenagers living with cancer and their chosen friend.

These trips are for youngsters between 11 and 14 years old (we can sometimes take older guests, but NEVER younger) and they are encouraged to bring along a friend or sibling (in the same age range) to keep them company. The youngsters eat and sleep on board the boat. Each trip will have a qualified skipper and crew onboard, though everyone will be expected to get involved with all aspects of boating including steering, locking, ropework - and cooking for crewmates!

Ideal for those who have never been on a riverboat before, those with previous experience will also find they have plenty to learn. There are no medical staff on board this trip, so we cannot take anyone requiring constant medical attention, although it is often feasible to take those with mobility restrictions if we have prior notice. This opportunity is an incredible confidence boost for all who participate - there is no time to talk about illness as there is so much going on, with the overall emphasis on teamwork, adventure - and FUN. There will be an excellent variety of boating and non-boating activities planned to keep the youngsters busy all weekend.



There is no cost for these trips apart from travel to and from the starting point. The youngsters eat and sleep on the boat.

Date for 2018:
Sunday 19th - Tuesday 21st August

(NB This trip will start at around teatime on Sunday and finish on Tuesday afternoon)

To apply for a sailing trip please fill in the sailing trips application form


Some of the lovely feedback comments from the 2017 Riverboat Adventure

"It was a really good experience & something I wouldn't normally do, which took my mind off my treatment. I was really glad I could bring a friend with me. The crew were all brilliant." Harry (age 11)

"It was great fun and everyone was so kind. Pizza making was awesome and we all bonded. I made new friends who I’m going to stay in touch with. Thank you so much." Vaz (age 13)

“Being on the Dutch Barge made me forget I was on chemotherapy. I made new friends on the boat and learnt a variety of new skills: cooking, steering, coiling and knotting. You felt like you were home but you also felt you were somewhere completely different!” Dylan (age 11)

"Thank you so much I loved my weekend away and met some great friends too! We have stayed in touch as we exchanged numbers." Brooke (age 11)

© 4 Cancer Group 2018