Become a member and volunteer and join the Pilgrim Team. It's great fun!


Members of our Foundation are the very lifeblood of Pilgrim. Our members volunteer to tackle a very wide range of jobs that are critical to Pilgrim sailing and being preserved for the nation.

Pilgrim Foundation Members

As you can see it invariably involves a brew as well! Our member volunteers work in various groups with some members involved in just one and others in several groups. That’s your choice. We also have Foundation members who support us from afar and are not necessarily volunteers as well.


Our professional Skipper is supported by a volunteer sailing crew. Our sailing volunteers need to be fit and agile. They do not necessarily require prior experience. Our sailing volunteers undergo a a training programme before they can be added to the crew list. If you browse our sailing programme you can see where they go sailing!


Pilgrim takes a lot of looking after and that goes on year round. In the sailing season, its running repairs and regular maintenance and in the winter it refit’s and replacement work. Our Volunteers have a broad range of specialist skills and there’s also plenty of jobs for people who just want to help out.

Events and Education

The Events team look after our public and private Open Days and host the school visits and take care of other pontoon based events. Some of these volunteers have no inclination to sail but are key to our education and preservation activities.

Administration & Fundraising

We staff our office and administrative activities entirely with volunteers. That includes dealing with sailing guest bookings, promotion, marketing, IT and fundraising work. We need folks who are handy with social media, photography and all sorts of other activities.

Volunteers need to be members of the Foundation. If you are interested in joining us you need to complete the Application Form and make your Subscription Payment. Our subscriptions are £100 a year, that works out at just over £8 a month or the price of a cup of coffee each week. Our Membership ‘subs’ cover the cost of running our volunteer programmes and all those brews and biscuits!

The subscription year runs from April to March but new members who join us in the autumn or winter period are able to take advantage of an introductory subscription fo £25 to see you through to the end of March. Similar arrangements are available for couples and families. see the Application Form for details. PAYMENT can be made online here.

We are now recruiting Volunteer Sailing Crew for next season which requires participation in our 2019/2020 winter training programme. Click on the button below for further details.