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Our Isles and Oceans SCIO is a development and opportunity initiative for young people affected by the pandemic and lockdown.

We work with multiple unique partners to achieve our goals and create life changing experiences for young people, aged 18-35, primarily through the vehicle of sport. Our Isles and Oceans SCIO aims to help build a better future for young people by creating opportunities for professional and personal development all geared to enabling them to get into or back into sustainable livelihoods

The programme’s beneficiaries – our Ambassadors – get the opportunity to spend a week amongst the UK’s beautiful isles and oceans learning to sail and gaining their RYA Start Yachting Qualification. They can go on to apply to be one of the ten Ambassadors who will take part in the 2023-24 Clipper Round the World Race.

Here’s everything you need to know and how to get involved.


Our Isles and Oceans Ambassadors Clipper Race

Our Isles and Oceans SCIO works with a unique array of partners to provide life changing opportunities for young people. 

Our Isles and Oceans SCIO works with partners and organisations to achieve our key objective – to help young people build sustainable livelihoods through personal and professional development. We exist to help young people achieve life goals and join the numerous programmes, activities and events that we are building into our organisation.

Delivering experiences and opportunities to our Ambassadors, OIAO provides funded programmes and creates youth development initiatives along our coastline and isles. These programmes are primarily delivered through the vehicle of sport, however, the organisation is continuously growing and building, extending its network of contacts and partners to provide more and more opportunities to young people.

The cornerstone of the initiative is a partnership with one of the biggest challenges in the sailing world – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Some of our beneficiaries will have the chance to apply to sail around the world onboard a Clipper 70 racing yacht.

Our other Key Partners include:

United Nations Association – Climate and Oceans

The Scottish Association of Marine Science

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Our Isles and Oceans Clipper Race Below the Skye Line




Our Isles and Oceans SCIO brings people together through the vehicle of sport.


Our Isles and Oceans SCIO’s key partnership is with Clipper Ventures. Our Isles and Oceans SCIO has developed a training programme in collaboration with Clipper Ventures, where young people learn to sail and receive a RYA Start Yachting Qualification following five days of sailing and activities. During this programme, our Ambassadors will be trained by a Clipper Race Skipper and Crew and will experience sailing on the open ocean off Scotland’s west coast. This exciting experience provides a unique opportunity to push individuals out of their comfort zone and puts them in a team with other like-minded people.



‘The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.’ – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Race is one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. More than a sailing race, it inspires individuals, connects people and places and provides opportunities to drive global trade.

This epic event sees teams compete in the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet including the Atlantic, Southern and North Pacific Oceans. Led by a professional Skipper and Mate, race crew can complete the full 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation or choose to test themselves on one or multiple legs. The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the Clipper Race allows participants to achieve something truly remarkable.

The World’s Greatest Ocean Adventure


The Our Isles and Oceans SCIO campaign provides unique opportunities for people in the British Isles. We are a platform for professional development and youth opportunity, and we create life changing moments and experiences for all involved.


Are you looking to take on a new adventure and build your skills? Do you want to join a community of like-minded individuals working towards a sustainable future? When you join Our Isles and Oceans, you will be pushed to the limit and will leave prepared for the next steps you take in life.


Join us as an Our Isles and Oceans Ambassador when applications next open later this year. After applications close, we will contact individuals for further progression and hope to welcome you into our community.


The Our Isles and Oceans Ltd's Clipper 70 will be competing in the Clipper 2023-24 Race and will travel a 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation in a race broken into eight legs, visiting at least 10 notable ports around the world.

We intend on providing a number of positions to the Our Isles and Oceans Ambassadors so they can compete in the race onboard a Clipper 70.


Do you want to join an adventure where you will meet new people and learn new skills?

Are you looking for a life changing experience to take you out of your comfort zone?  

Our Isles and Oceans SCIO was created to provide unique opportunities for people across the British Isles and we want you to join us.

While taking part in our programme, you will inspire others to be adventurous, to take on challenges and you will be joining an initiative aiming to make a real impact in our communities.

When you join the Our Isles and Oceans community, you will be joining a movement. You will not only benefit from the funded training and professional programme, but you will become fully integrated in our development scheme, which will include focused events, networking opportunities, dedicated mentors and tutors.


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