YWAM Soteria

YWAM Soteria

Soteria from port bow

Soteria from port bow

The gift of life through sailing

YWAM Soteria now has a new website at schoonersote.org.uk. All the latest news and details will be updated there.


To fulfil the meaning of the name Soteria, which means salvation (Greek). She is dedicated to God’s purposes. ‘Sote’ is her abbreviated name and  means ‘He who sets free’. When you sail on her we pray you experience this in your life. The skipper has over 20 years experience sail-training on tall ships. Sail-training is an excellent way to grow character through community living and team work needed to sail this old beauty. We also seek to share our faith by invitation to speak about our life, openly and honestly. Nothing pressured or forced!

Watch the skipper and first mate sharing their faith on TV!

Chris Wren and Paula Finlaysan


•    You will have a fully qualified crew directing you.

•    You will be put into a watch under a watch leader and be part of a team helping with all aspects of running the vessel.

•    We will teach you how to hoist sails and to helm (steer the ship).

•    We will teach you basic nautical knots.

•    We will teach you basic navigation.

•    You will learn about the day to running of a traditional ship.

•    You will truly get away from it all and experience the joy of sailing.

•    We will help you with any logbook or certification scheme you may be following.

•    We believe in teamwork and community living and start each day with a thought for the day.

•    We have a ship’s chaplain onboard to offer support and pastoral care.

The classic schooner YWAM Soteria is one of  YWAM’s network of vessels and has joined YWAM Next Wave in working in Europe. She is registered in the UK and will operate as part of YWAM England’s family of ministries and as a UK registered charity.  Her aim is to help the churches in Europe spread the Christ’s Gospel of love and compassion for all peoples, using sailing as a means to develop character in people young and old.

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