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Liberty Tall Ships Festival - Race with L'Armada 2019 to the Hague

The French know how to create a spectacle at tall ships festivals and we know that L'Armada 2019 on the Seine is going to be huge. Join Tenacious during the last 2 days of the festival and sail out with an international tall ships fleet in a Parade of Sail in front of a huge crowd. there will be fireworks you will remember for ever with an estimate 10 million people expected at this epic festival. Race or Sail to the Hague's seaport of Scheveningen with the fleet.

Embark
Sat, 15-06-2019 - 13:00
Rouen
Disembark
Sat, 22-06-2019 - 13:00
Scheveningen
Duration
8 Days
Vessel
Tenacious
Voyage No.
TNS534

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Tenacious - Rouen to Scheveningen

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

L'Armada 2019 will be one of the biggest tall ship festivals in Europe this summer. An big summer maritime festival voyage and a chance to participate in a tall ships race as crew.

Budding photographers, lovers of tall ships, anyone who wants to feel proud sailing Britain's largest square rigger down the River Seine in the parade of sail.  It would be a great introduction to the world of tall ships for a keen newcomer. Summer tall ships races often require 50% of the crew to be under 26, but as Tenacious takes able bodied and disabled crews she generally makes no age restrictions. Any tall ships race is likely to be more strenuous than a normal voyage, but if you love sail handling and learning the ropes then this is a good fast track voyage to learn square rig seamanship.

  • Introduction to the World of Tall Ships
  • Top Voyage for Photographers & Artists
  • Race a square rigger in an offshore tall ships race 
  • Flamboyant French Tall Ship Festival
  • Fireworks & Parades of Sail
Tenacious racing sister ship Lord Nelson in 2018. Photo Tallshipstock.com
Tenacious racing sister ship Lord Nelson in 2018. Photo Tallshipstock.com

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Join amongst the razzamatazz of a French Tall ships Festival on the banks of the Seine. Enjoy sailing out the river with a large fleet and create an incredible maritime spectacle for yourselves and the onlookers. Once you are out in the sea Tenacious will be taking part in a tall ships race. Here only the ships crews can enjoy the sight of barques, fully rigged ships, brigs and topsail schooners vying for position under as full sail as they dare.

 
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

tall ships in port L'Armada 2019 Tall Ships Festival

L'Armada 2019 - Tall Ships Festival on the River Seine

The waterfront is long and the organisers are forecasting 10 million visitors so these voyages are not for the shy types. Your tall ship you will be centre of attention and there will be some great photographs to take. For those joining in Rouen, the Parade of Sail out of the city will be your moment of glory (at least until the next port- where you can pose all over again).

 

Liberty Tall Ships Race 2019

In partnership with L'Armada organisers, Sail Training International are running a tall ships race in the English Channel around a series of waypoints. After crossing the finishing line the fleet will cruise in company through the busy Dover Strait and onto to Scheveningen. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of occupied territory in Northwestern Europe, the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta 2019 will echo the theme of international friendship and understanding that is central to each and every Sail Training International Tall Ships event. 

Tall ships from all around the world are heading for the River Seine once more for L'Armada 2019. At the heart of France, this mighty river hosts a spectacular gathering of tall ships, sailing boats and Naval ships every 5 years. 2019 is the 30th anniversary of L'Armada and the 75th birthday of the D Day landings, so it will be an extra special tall ship festival. 

Never has there been a greater need for a global sailing event to bring European, Russian and all the nautical nations of the world together to promote international friendship and understanding.  Rouen is perfect for a waterfront party and the French do Firework displays with panache. 

Firework Finale at Tall Ships Regatta

 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

winds / how rough / climate etc - keep it generic rather than seasonal.

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

Rouen, France

Latest port updates

L'Armada 2019

Tall ships from all around the world are heading for Rouen on the River Seine once more for L'Armada 2019. At the heart of France, this mighty river hosts a spectacular gathering of tall ships, sailing boats and Naval ships every 5 years. 2019 is the 30th anniversary of L'Armada and the 75th birthday of the D Day landings, so it will be an extra special tall ship festival. 

Never has there been a greater need for a global sailing event to bring European, Russian and all the nautical nations of the world together to promote international friendship and understanding.  Rouen is perfect for a waterfront party and the French do Firework displays with panache. 

The waterfront is long and the organisers are forecasting 10 million visitors so sailors arriving to join your ship will need to allow plenty of time to get through the crowds. study our photos of your ship so you can spot the masts and we will give more detailed berth details closer to the voyage.

How to get here

The Aéroport Rouen Vallée du Seine (02 35 79 41 00) is 8km southeast of town at Boos. There are weekday direct flights to Lyon that connect with other cities in France as well as to international destinations.

CNA (08 25 07 60 27; 9 rue Jeanne d’Arc) runs bus services throughout Seine-Maritime, including Dieppe (€11, two hours, three daily), and towns along the coast west of Dieppe, including Fécamp (€15.10, 3¼ hours, one daily) and Le Havre (€13.80, three hours, five daily). Buses to Dieppe and Le Havre are slower and pricier than the train. Buses leave from quai du Havre and quai de la Bourse.

From Gare Rouen-Rive Droite, an Art Nouveau edifice built from 1912 to 1928, there’s a frequent express train to/from Paris’ Gare St-Lazare (€18.50, 70 minutes, six to eight daily). Local destinations include Caen (€20.70, two hours, 12 daily), Dieppe (€9, 45 minutes, 12 to 15 daily) and Le Havre (€12.40, one hour, 12 to 15 daily). Gare Rouen-Rive Gauche has regional services.

A good starting point to explore flight options is to call either Dial-a-Flight or Skyscanner.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Rouen is a French city on the Seine River. It is the capital of the Normandy region.

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.

Scheveningen, The Netherlands

Latest port updates

We will be berthed in the 1st harbor of Scheveningen, most probably it will be alongside the quay of the Vissershavenweg. It is near the beach, so good to spend some time before embarkation in Scheveningen.

The ships exact location in port is often controlled by the port authorities and they will only allocate a docking position a few days before. You will be informed as soon as possible of their exact joining location.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

You can drive via eurotunnel to Rotterdam and Scheveningen is about 12 km northwards on the coast by Den Hagen.

Rail & transfers

You can get to Rotterdam by Eurorail and change there for Den Hagen then bus or taxi to Scheveningen

Air & transfers

Schipol International Airport has many connections to the UK  from there train to Rotterdam, 50 minutes direct, and then as above.

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.

Tenacious

Tenacious was the first wooden tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. Not only does she take a mixed ability crew, many disabled volunteers help in the building of 'Big Woody.' She is the biggest sail training ship in the UK tall ship fleet, and her thorough crew training is a great square rig introduction for beginners. With a repertoire of voyages from Southampton day sails to Southern Ocean roller coaster rides, Tenacious can fit the tall ship dreams of all ages and abilities.

Statistics
  • Length overall: 213ft (65 m)
  • Length on deck: 177ft /54.00m
  • Year built: 2000
  • Vessel type/rig: Barque 

 

  • Guest berths: 40
  • Crew berths: 7 plus experienced volunteers

 

 

OUR EXPERT VIEW: What Tenacious Does Best

Purpose Designed Ship to Allow All Abilities to Sail

Imagine trying to balance the adventurous spirits of a female soldier who has lost a leg, with a romantic 70 year old who has always wanted to sail a tall ship, but life got in the way. The Tenacious and her smaller sister ship Lord Nelson have taken over 37,000 mixed crews of able bodied and disabled crews on sailing voyages since they were built. The ship's design and the way the social and professional crew who run the ship, means the whole experience is very well thought out and inclusive.

This 65 metre wooden sailing ship has wide decks and lifts between floors for wheelchair users and flush flooring across watertight bulkheads. There is an audio compass, hydraulic assisted ships wheel, bunks with vibrating pads and brail signs for blind sailors, a bowsprit runway so all can enjoy the thrill of seeing dolphins dancing in the bow wave. 

Tenacious is a 65 metre barque - built to take disabled and able bodied crews
Photo by www.tallshipstock.com

Southern Hemisphere Ambassador

When she was launched in 2000, Tenacious was the largest wooden sailing ship to be built in the UK for 100 years, and what is even more remarkable is that disabled and able bodied volunteers helped to build her. Her huge frames are laminated wood and you can nestle between varnished timbers as you read a book in the ships bar.

Following in Lord Nelson's (fondly known as Nellie)successful footsteps, Tenacious has been carrying the message around the world that disabled crews can become square rig sailors. Based in Australia and exploring New Zealand and the South Pacific Tenacious is returning to Europe from New Zealand via Cape Horn, The Falklands, South Georgia, Cape Town and the Caribbean.

Tenacious is visiting the sub antarctic island of South Georgia in 2018
Tenacious is visiting the sub antarctic island of South Georgia in 2018

 

Voyages Giving Hope, Understanding and Inspiration

The Buddy system where an able bodied crew is teamed up with a 'disabled' crew member is only part of the story on Tenacious. It helps cut the ice when you all arrive as strangers, but it is not a 'forced marriage.' Quite often the crew member with the disability has sailed the ship several times and they might be looking after you. 

These are great voyages for disabled and able bodied alike. If you are in a rut or confidence crisis after an accident or limiting injury, then signing up to go sailing on a tall ship will take huge courage and will hopefully give you fresh hope and inspiration.  Or perhaps you are wishing to spend your holiday entitlement in doing something worthwhile coupled with experiencing a unique adventure yourself, then be prepared to be humbled by other peoples determination.

Tenacious Tall Ship has a specially adapted bowsprit so wheel chair users can commune with the dolphins
A bowsprit for everyone - a wheelchair ramp and conventional netting

What to Expect

wheelchair sailors in action on Lord Nelson

Sailing Style

The safety of everyone is top priority and so every activity is conducted at a pace comfortable for all. The forces of nature show no compromise and Tenacious is still a powerful square rigger so with main course, upper and lower topsails traditionally rigged so there is still considerable challenge in every voyage. Perhaps going aloft (climbing the rigging is optional) will be the biggest adrenalin buzz or simply the challenge and rewards of being part of a very special floating community.

Full Participation Sail Training Ship

To keep LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS manned 24 hours a day, voyage crew are divided into four watches. The Mate will explain the watch keeping system and the ship’s routine. Watch keeping means steering, keeping lookout, handling sails etc. under the supervision of your Watch leader and one of the ship’s Permanent Crew. When you are not “on watch” you may be asked to help the watch on deck with setting and trimming sails, if it needs more than one watch. There is usually a happy hour to clean the ship each morning. You may be asked to be a 'messman' for a day to help bring food to the saloon tables or help with the galley. It depends a bit on the length of the voyage how often this comes around on a rota. In port and at anchor there is still a duty watch, but generally only 2 people are needed per hour to check the ship is safe.

Life on Board

On Board Tenacious & Lord Nelson they operate a buddy system, which pairs able bodied and physically disabled people together. Everyone is there to help one another and share the experience, so the buddy system works both ways! You’ll get the chance to share skills and life experiences and, as many of our crew have found, make friendships that can last a lifetime. (On the booking form able bodied crew are asked if they are happy to buddy a mildly disabled crew member or a severely disabled crew member.)

Debbie in the Classic Sailing office has been a buddy for young wheelchair users and blind crew, as well as sailed on Tenacious as Watch Leader and Lord Nelson as a deck officer. Lord Nelson and Tenacious are run by a British Charity, Classic Sailing are an independent tall ship specialist so if you are apprehensive about your role on board as a buddy, or want to know if you can join other tall ships with a disability, then do give us a ring on 01872 580022.

Climbing the futtock shrouds on Tenacious

 

GAP Year Challenge or Career Break

If you are taking time out to re appraise your life or do something worthwhile for your fellow humans, then a voyage on Tenacious or Lord Nelson can be both re-affirm your faith in human nature and take you on some interesting paths.

All ages of sailor and newcomer to sailing try a tall ship voyage, but be warned you may be hooked for life. Injured members of the British Armed Forces often have to re build their lives in civillian street and an increasing number of disabled servicemen and women are sailing on Lord Nelson and Tenacious.

If you are aged 16-24 find out more about the ships Youth Leadership @ Sea programme - available on some voyages. There are bursaries available if you can't afford it.

A Lord Nelson voyage is also an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential programme.

The ocean can't tell the differenct between a disabled or able bodied person. Photo by Claire Cheskin in her wheelchair!
The ocean can't tell the differenct between a disabled or able bodied person. Photo by Claire Cheskin in her wheelchair!

 

Tenacious has a upper and lower deck.
The decks on Tenacious are wide and safe.

Tenacious’s Accommodation & Special Facilities

Tenacious has been built with many special facilities to enable physically disabled crew to work alongside their able-bodied shipmates, without taking away the element of challenge.

Below decks Tenacious has two decks, one called the upper and the second called the lower with lifts to take anyone down below.

Upper Deck

On the upper deck there is a large and comfortable messroom where you will all gather to eat, talk and socialise together. There is a large messroom, fully equipped galley, workshop, library and a well-stocked bar. As Tenacious is a very sociable ship and the bar is often a focal point for events in port. Alcoholic drinks are available at sea unless you are on watch or about to go and handle sails or climb the rigging! Only tea or coffee with the occasional cake will be available for those needed on deck.

The large mess room is where your meals will be served and for socialising with your fellow crewmates. Here you can catch up with news, regale stories or just chill out and read a book.

Lower Deck

On the lower deck you will find the sleeping accommodation where there are bunks in the fo’c’sle (area in front of the ship) for the majority of the crew, and eight cabins amidships (middle of the ship) for wheelchair users and their buddies. Bathrooms on board have specifically designed toilets and showers for those with more severe disabilities.

Accommodation below has heating and air conditioning. There are hot showers, points for electric shavers, toothbrushes and hair driers.

Specific built-in features include:

  • Wide, flat decks with lifts between them.
  • Fully adjustable helmsman’s seat, which is fitted with a seat belt.
  • For visually impaired voyage crew Tenacious is fitted with an audio compass, guidance track around most of the upper deck to keep you central and tactile strips at the tops of the companionways (stairs). There are also arrows on the handrails pointing toward the bow (front of the ship)>
  • Bright track radar screen.
  • For deaf and hearing impaired berths are fitted with vibrator pads connected to the alarm bells and alarm light circuit and induction loops.
Tenacious below deck
Tenacious below deck


On deck

Tenacious has been designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. In practical terms this means wide decks and large platforms. The bowsprit has a specially designed walkway so that everyone can enjoy that spell binding moment when the dolphins come to play in the bow wave or if you just want to get that classic shot of a square rigger under full sail.

So that everyone can go ashore for beach barbeque’s and explore remote locations Tenacious has small ships boats with metal floors so that everyone has a stable footing and wheelchairs are secure. In the larger ports the ships gangways can cope with most waterfronts but with the expert crew on board any problems with access with wheelchairs is overcome promptly and smoothly.

Tenacious is the biggest tall ship in the Classic Sailing fleet
Tenacious is the biggest tall ship in the Classic Sailing fleet

 

Tenacious Specifications
Tenacious Specifications

Tenacious Specifications

Length Overall: 213ft (65m)
Length on deck: 177ft 1986
Built: 2000
Beam 10.6 m
Sails: 1,217 m squ (13,100 sq ft)
714 tons
Vessel type/rig: Three masted Barque
Guest berths: 40
Crew berths: 7 plus volunteers
Sail area 1024 sq m
Maximum of 8 wheelchair users per voyage

Communications

Satellite phone (emergencies only)
Sat C
SSB and VHF readio

Safety 

UK MCA Code of Practice for worldwide operations. 

Tenacious is a Unique British Design

Tenacious (and her smaller sister ship Lord Nelson) are the only two of their kind in the world that have been designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. 36 000 people have sailed on the two ships since they were built.

This impressive 65m (213ft) barque with square sails was launched in 2000 and was the largest wooden tall ship to be built in the UK for over 100 years. Her whole build process was amazing as disabled and able bodied volunteers helped to build her, so she is greatly loved by her guest crews and supporters.

With her unique design, wide decks, large platforms aloft, a wheelchair ‘runway’ out on the bowsprit and a whole host of design features enabling everyone to do their bit to sail an impressive 714 ton square rigger with 21 sails.

Tenacious’s only break with tradition are the t’gallant and royal sails which can be furled from the deck with the upper and lower topsails and courses stowed out on the foot ropes.

HANDING SAIL
When, for example, a topsail is handed, the yard is lowered until it is hanging in its lifts, which will then be taut. The clewlines and buntlines haul the sail up to the yard and the sheets, which pull in the opposite direction, must be released. Then to stow the sail it is fastened tightly along the top of the yard by short ropes called gaskets.

SETTING SAIL
To set the sail, the gaskets are cast off, the sail pushed off the yard and all clewlines and buntlines released. The sheets are then hauled, bringing the clews down to the yard below. The halyard is then hauled, raising the yard up on the mast. The yard can also be swung from side to side by means of ropes called braces.

Tenacious Ships Specifications
Tenacious Ships Specifications

 

Tenacious - Meet the Captains

Captain Barbara Campbell on the bridge

A British Charity runs both Tenacious and Lord Nelson. Their vastly experienced Captains take it in turns to do a stint on either ship. The other professional crew on board are: First Mate, Second Mate, Bosun, Engineer, cook. They are ably assisted by volunteer watch leaders, deckhands, cooks mates, assistant engineers and medical purser.

Captain Barbara Campbell

Captain Barbara is lengendary. Both Adam and Debbie Purser in the Classic Sailing office have sailed many miles with her as watch leaders and voluntary watch officers and she has always encouraged our careers before and after we set up Classic Sailing. A tiny lady with a big personality and a kind heart, Barbera Campbell is also a tough cookie.  When I first met her she was the first female tall ship captain I have ever sailed with, and the first to eat healthy stuff like yoghurt, go snorkelling with the guest crew and keep fit ashore by running and mountain walking.  This might not sound like a big thing...but running a modern Class A sail training ship does not allow much down time ashore.  Barbera has threatened to retire many times but her crews love her, and she could'nt turn down the chance to sail around the world on Nellie or Tenacious.

Captain Chris Phillips

Chris became ships master on Lord Nelson in Jan 2012 after 6 years as first and second mate. He quickly scaled up to the 720 Tenacious as Captain, but still loves to sail Nellie and his own classic yacht. Previously he was a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy for 6 years but has had a long involvement with sail training and working with young people and adults. He would be too modest to admit it but we know he speaks French, Russian, German and a bit of Spanish, so quite a handy Captain in tall ships races. Chris has his own yacht and loves hillwalking, reading and music. He has sailed with both Adam and Debbie from Classic Sailing and we are very pleased he is now Captain.

Captain Chris Phillips aloft
Captain Chris Phillips aloft

Captain Simon Catterson

Captain Simon Catterson has been with Tenacious since 2012. He has also sails Lord Nelson occasionally. Simon began sailing in the early 80s, in Morgan Giles 43s and a Robert Clark 72’ ketch before joining the RN. Whilst at BRNC, he spent most of his sailing time skippering Contessa 38s in the Channel. On leave, he could often be found in one of the Nic 55s from Joint Services at Gosport as Mate and then Skipper around the UK and northern Europe or in the Canaries. On leaving the RN, he took a year off before joining Arethusa as Master in 1996, sailing in the UK, Canaries, the Baltic and to Bermuda, the US and Canada during Tall Ships 2000. In Tenacious he has been to the Black Sea with the Historical Seas Regatta, the Caribbean for the winter and sailed Tenacious across the Pacific and around Australia.

Captain of Tenacious Simon Catterson
Captain of Tenacious Simon Catterson

Captain Darren Naggs

Probably the most piratical of the Captains on Lord Nelson and Tenacious, Darren has worked his way up to ships master from bosun.  A fierce participant at historical battle re-enactments, he is probably not the person to take on in a sword fight....or a fancy dress competition. Darren has also been Captain of tall ships Soren Larsen, Prince William, Stavros S Niarchos and Pelican of London. His early traditional sailing career was given a boost by Classic Boat Magazine who awarded him a sponsored place on at a professional boat building school.

 

Paralympic medalist and presenter Ade Adepitan with Captain Darren Naggs
Paralympic medalist and presenter Ade Adepitan with Captain Darren Naggs

 

Current sailing grounds

Tenacious - UK Sailing Programme 2018

A wave from Tenacious huge yards

After thousands of miles Tenacious is back from the far side of the world this summer. 

She is sticking close to her home port of Southampton for a few months before going deep sea again....but when we say close, its a loose term.

Ideal tall ship tasters for those new to square rig or sailing generally, her 4 and 5 day voyages will probably be popular with her regular sailors too. Not everyone can get to the Falklands or Melbourne for a voyage but there is no excuse if you are based in the UK, not to start a voyage in Dartmouth, Southampton, Portsmouth or London.

Battle of the Barques 2018

Its been a year or so since the last race between Lord Nelson and Tenacious so perhaps the Tenacious crew have learned a few new tricks from the ever competitive Aussies and Kiwis to get the best out of their sails and crews.

This voyage tends to fill up quickly so pin your alligances to the mast and sign up as race crew on Tenacious or the Nellie (Lord Nelson).

After a short UK season and a well deserved refit Tenacious will migrate South for the winter to warmer climes to Lisbon and Seville (up a long river) in Andulucia. If you like a challenge in November on a well found tall ship then the 12 day Bay of Biscay Crossing from Brest in France to Lisbon will usually give the big wave chasers a thrill. 

Migration to Warmer Sailing Grounds - 2018-19

  • Lisbon and Inland Andulucia
  • Southern Spain and the Balearics
  • Christmas and New Year Voyages around Mallorca
  • Ocean Voyages from Gibraltar to the Canaries
  • Canaries Island Hopping
  • Canaries - Azores
  • Wildlife and whale watching in the Azores
  • Epic Ocean voyage from Azores to UK

 

Tenacious Winter Sun programme 2018- 2019

Tenacious - Reviews

Tenacious young crew

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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