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Day Sail on a Tall Ship in the Solent

A brilliant chance to try sailing on a Tall Ship and a perfect gift or present at a sensible price.

There are never many day sails per year so book early to avoid disappointment.

Embark
Sun, 05-08-2018 - 08:30
Portsmouth, UK
Disembark
Sun, 05-08-2018 - 17:00
Portsmouth, UK
Duration
1 Day
Vessel

Voyage No.
TNS050818

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 145 GBP. BOOK NOW

Tenacious - Day Sail

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

A day sail, is really a taster day or experience, and a great gift or surprise. A fun challenge for novices and experienced sailors, sailing the impressive tall ship Tenacious for a day out in the Solent will give you a taste of what a longer voyage might entail. Suitable for all abilities and for children from the age of 12 years and above. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day sail out in the Solent 
  • Tall ship sailing suitable for all abilities 
  • No upper age limit, children from the age of 12 years old welcome 
  • Snacks, lunch and refreshments included
  • No experience required
Tenacious under sail from the bow, tall ship sailing in the Solent.

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Our day sails start early so you can make the most of the day.

There is a welcome and intensive training session before the ship departs. The training carries on in a very practical way as you learn to brace the yards, set square sails and fore and aft sails.  The ships crew will endeavour to give as many people as possible a chance to steer the ship.

The day sail includes all meals on board.

Tenacious crew pulling the lines

Sailing on the largest working UK tall ship

Climbing the masts to work the square sails is the essence of tall ship sailing - but it is not compulsory. There aren’t many adrenaline buzzes in the world to beat stowing a sail 100 ft above the white capped sea as you stand there balanced on a single foot rope. We regret that due to the short nature of a day sail, it may not be possible to climb the rigging. 

Anyone Can Sail from aged 12 to 98+

The beauty of the Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious is that they are big impressive square riggers so there is plenty of hearty pulling, but the ships wheel is power assisted and a lot of thought has gone into the design to allow all physical abilities to join in and contribute to sailing the ship and move around the ship independently.

Children as young as 12 can come with a parent or guardian and their is no upper age limit with the oldest crew member so far being 98 !  This is great if you have already sailed on the ship and you want to show your friends and family what it is like aboard.  It is also a good opportunity for those with a disability to trial a day sail before they try a longer trip. 

Lord Nelson and Tenacious under sail

On Deck - No Experience needed

At deck level the challenge is to make sense of the myriad of ropes than run down to belaying pins all around the tall ship, you won't be expected to understand it all on a day sail.

The decks are wide enough to move around in a wheel chair and their are handrails fo those not so steady on their feet. There are lifts to different deck levels as well as steps.

Just get stuck in and pull away on those ropes and enjoy the sight of those sails propelling you through the water. As part of a team you could be hauling on a halliard that hoists a huge yard up the mast so that the sail can be set. It may be an upper topsail, the main course or you may be alone finding the right bunt lines to loosen for someone working high above you.

On the wheel of Tenacious, helming a tall ship

Tall Ship Rig

The ship’s rig is fairly authentic, although the royal and t'gallant sails are roller reefed from the deck.  There are no winches, no windlass for the sails and so it takes a lot of physical effort and large numbers of people working together to set all the sails. Manoeuvring a tall ship is not simple under sail and there is huge amount of work to be done when you tack or wear ship. It all takes genuine teamwork, not a cliché in a management training manual.

If you come back for a full voyage your day sail experience will stand you in good stead.

The sense of satisfaction and pride in your ship is a common but wonderful feature of tall ship sailing.

A tall ship voyage is not just for young and agile as these ships are built for those who believe in human power and seek to enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the old ways.

Tenacious crew pulling the lines

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs and rubber boots

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance
     

 

 

Portsmouth, UK

Latest port updates

Portsmouth is famous for its Naval Dock Yards and historic Ships, HMS Victory, Mary Rose and HMS Warrior.

Gunwharf Quay is usually the place to meet to join larger vessels in Portsmouth. It is within walking distance from the train station and a stones throw from the ferry to Gosport and Haslar Marina.

Portsmouth is a very busy commercial, yachting and naval port, so your vessel berth may change to a different wharf.

How to get here

Portsmouth is accessible by road, rail and of course by sea. It is an international port for ferries to France, Spain and the Channel Islands, as well as offering a regular service to the Isle of Wight. There are also a number of marinas offering berths to visitors and local owners alike.

By Road & Parking

Portsmouth is less than 2 hours from London by road using the A3, and the M27 links the city to the motorway network if you are coming from further afield. There are several car parks to choose from to leave your car whilst you are sailing.

You can park in the Gunwharf Quay car park. List of car parks can be found here. 

Rail & transfers

There are direct routes to London, Southampton, Reading, Cardiff, Exeter, Brighton and Bristol, and also a route using a bus/rail combination from Gatwick via Woking.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Portsmouth, UK

Latest port updates

Portsmouth is famous for its Naval Dock Yards and historic Ships, HMS Victory, Mary Rose and HMS Warrior.

Gunwharf Quay is usually the place to meet to join larger vessels in Portsmouth. It is within walking distance from the train station and a stones throw from the ferry to Gosport and Haslar Marina.

Portsmouth is a very busy commercial, yachting and naval port, so your vessel berth may change to a different wharf.

How to get here

Portsmouth is accessible by road, rail and of course by sea. It is an international port for ferries to France, Spain and the Channel Islands, as well as offering a regular service to the Isle of Wight. There are also a number of marinas offering berths to visitors and local owners alike.

By Road & Parking

Portsmouth is less than 2 hours from London by road using the A3, and the M27 links the city to the motorway network if you are coming from further afield. There are several car parks to choose from to leave your car whilst you are sailing.

You can park in the Gunwharf Quay car park. List of car parks can be found here. 

Rail & transfers

There are direct routes to London, Southampton, Reading, Cardiff, Exeter, Brighton and Bristol, and also a route using a bus/rail combination from Gatwick via Woking.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Kit List for Tenacious

the cooks team on Tenacious

Tenacious & Lord Nelson Kit List

 


Included

 

  • • All bedding
  • • Heavy duty wet weather gear and boots
  • • Harnesses
  • All meals and soft drinks throughout the voyage

What is not included


Travel to and from the start and end port
Alcoholic Beverages
Towels - You will need to bring your own towels (including one for swimming if you plan to swim)


 
What to bring 

Please keep personal gear to a minimum as there is very limited stowage space.

Clothing - What to wear
It can be noticeably cooler at sea than on land, especially at night. So come prepared. Also, please bring enough clothing for the duration of the voyage as we are not able to do personal washing for you, except on ocean passage voyages.

Shoes - Soft soled shoes – deck shoes or trainers. In warm weather, sandals are fine, but not flip-flops.
Gloves - You will be handling ropes so sailing or other non-slip gloves will be useful.
UK AND EUROPE SUMMER VOYAGES/ CANARIES
Fleece/warm sweater, sweat shirts, warm hat
Jeans/Trousers (+a pair for mess duty)
Shorts, T Shirts
Shower proof jacket/sailing jacket
Sun Hat, Sun Screen
Swimming costume

You may want to bring some warmer clothes in early/late season

CARIBBEAN VOYAGES
Thin fleece/light sweater
Shorts, T Shirts, Tops
Sun hat
Thin trousers and long sleeve shirts/blouses (in case of sunburn)
Long trousers plus closed front shoes for mess duty
Swimming costume
High factor sun screen, mosquito repellent
Thin shower proof jacket

On voyages from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, you may require a few
items of warmer clothing at the start.
PASSAGE VOYAGES (e.g.UK-CANARIES, CANARIES-UK, BERMUDA-UK)
These voyages are in the spring and autumn so the weather can be cold.

Fleece/warm sweaters
Sweatshirts/light sweaters
Jeans, Trousers (you will need long trousers for mess duty)
Warm hat, scarf, gloves
Long Johns, vests, T shirts
Socks
Warm shower proof jacket/sailing jacket

Remember that several thinner layers are warmer than one thick one!

PLEASE NOTE
Flip-flops are not considered suitable footwear on board ship, though sandals may be appropriate in hot weather.

Paperwork
• Passport (Even voyages with UK departure and arrival ports usually call into at least one foreign port during a voyage)
• Joining Instructions from JST Head Office (please leave a copy with your next of kin)
•Insurance Policy
•Your return air ticket if you are joining or leaving the ship outside the UK. (Antigua will not allow you into the country without an air ticket out or proof of your means of departure. Your joining instructions are your proof.)
•RYA Log book (if you have one)
•Duke of Edinburgh Record Book, if you are taking part at the Gold Award level only.

Medicines - Medical Supplies and aids.
• You must bring enough to last the duration of your voyage and your journey. If you are flying to join the ship we suggest you pack your medicines in your hand baggage – but please check current airport security regulations.
• Earplugs/Eye mask
• If you think your sleep might be disturbed by the noise of the generator engine or lights.
• Spectacles/ Sunglasses with a cord to keep them safe.

Toiletries
• Enough for the whole voyage.
• High factor sun cream
• Mosquito repellent.

There are 240v sockets for razors and hairdryers

Money
• Sterling – to use in the bar for drinks, crisps, chocolate and to buy souvenirs in the shop (including JST clothing etc.)
• UK Voyages usually call into a European port so you will need Euros
•Canary Island Voyages – Euros
•Caribbean Voyages – US$, East Caribbean $ and Euros (many of the
Caribbean Islands are French)
•For countries outside the EU – local currency
•On leaving the Caribbean you may be charged $50EC departure tax
at the airport.
•On board we only accept Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards although
we would prefer cheques (sterling only)
•We DO NOT accept: debit cards, Solo or Maestro on board

DO NOT BRING
• Valuables – we do not have any lockable spaces on board.
• Suitcases or rigid bags – your personal possessions must be brought in soft bags for ease of stowing.

Tenacious - Reviews

Tenacious young crew

What was the best bit? Experiencing life on a tall ship and what it must have been like for sailors In the past. R. Waters Tenacious  2019

The best bit was setting the sails. The voyage had a good mix of sailing and ashore. I sailed because it was part of my Bucket List. The Captain and crew, the food, accommodation and safety briefing were all excellent. Kenneth C. August 2018

5 stars - I found a ship (Tenacious) on your site that was sailing from Auckland to the Falklands. I jumped at the chance and now can say with a bit of pride that I have sailed around Cape Horn on a square rigger. WOW and THANKS for your site." Classic Sailing Facebook.  Mike N. 

I was on board the Tenacious with Mates4Mates when it sailed from Brisbane to Sydney. After getting over some seasickness, I had the time of my life. From climbing to the top of the main mast, helping to brace the yards and set the sails, helping stow away the sails, and helping out in the kitchen. It was a mind blowing experience that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.  William H.

Made me think about my life in a hole new light . I came out of hospital after a double fracture to the skull & a bleed on brain , feeling sorry myself when I was helped other people on the ship , people in wheelchairs & other disabilities I give myself a kick up the arse an thought wake up Vinnie you haven't such a bad injury have you?Thank you JST Clan" Vinnie S J 

I Recently returned to Florida from a three week voyage on Tenacious, sailing from Panama to Costa Rica. Exceeded all my expectations by a long shot. Fun, hard work, and great food. Beautiful and educational adventures ashore, along with wonderful friendships with a diverse crew. I feel totally rejuvenated. Try it!" Ernest R C

I am wheelchair bound and went on the Tenacious on Saturday. It was absolutely fantastic, to learn the ins and outs of a sailing. All the crew were so helpful and accommodating. Would do it again definitely. " Troy W from Melbourne, Australia

 

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