Stephen Thomas Fund

Stephen Thomas Fund

Funds for professional yacht career training for 18-25 year olds.

About the fund

Money donated in memory of Stephen Thomas, a keen adventurer and ocean yachtsman, is helping young people at UKSA enjoy the adventure of sailing and being at sea. The Stephen Thomas Fund was established to distribute funds to offer professional yacht career training to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

Who can apply?

You must be aged between 18 and 25 and applying for a professional yacht training course at UKSA, without the necessary funds to pay for the course.

How to apply

Your course advisor will be able to assess your eligibility, advise you on how much you might be able to get funded for, and support you with your funding applications. Please call 01983 203038 or email [email protected]

Unless otherwise agreed, all financial assistance awarded to students is repayable. This means you will start paying back the money loaned to you from UKSA three months after your course finishes.

daisy mcdonnell on dock jetty


If I was to advise anyone considering a Superyacht Cadetship, I would say bite the bullet! It’s hard work but it really does pay off. There are long-term benefits of permanent friendships, excellent qualifications and networking potential – being a UKSA cadet has already generated interest in me from some prestigious yachts and crew.

Daisy McDonnell -Graduate/SY Cadet – Phase 1

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