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Over the Top of the UK and Across the North Sea to Aalborg and the Start of the Tall Ships Race 2019

Mon, 24-06-2019 - 12:00
Fri, 05-07-2019 - 11:00
11 Nights
Lord Nelson
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Lord Nelson - Oban to Aalborg across the North Sea


Sail to the start of the Tall Ships Races 2019 and enjoy a mile-building adventure over the top of Scotland and across the North Sea along the Limfjord and finishing in Aalborg. As you make your way out of Oban, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the Outer Hebridean island, before sailing through the Pentland Firth and past the Orkneys. 


  • Opportunities to explore the Western Isles 
  • Over the top of Scotland and the UK
  • North sea crossing
  • Sail along the Limfjord to the cultural Danish city of Aalborg. 
  • Island hopping and milebuilding in one voyage. 
  • No need to worry about previous experience or coming on your own.
Lord Nelson Sunset


Begin in Oban, the gateway to Scotland's Western Isles exploring the Hebrides and possible islands such as Skye, Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck, before sailing through the Minches and exploring ashore wherever practical. 

Where do we go ?

Each voyage is usually a mix of a couple of longer passages where you sail through the night, and shorter hops between ports or a scenic anchorage. Once at sea you are part of a watch so only on duty for 4 hours and then the next watch takes over. Watch duty day or night involves trimming sail and steering the ship under the stars and the watchful eye of the professional deck officers and voluntary watch leaders.  Some manoeuvres require 'all hands' to brace the yards or take in sail. Sometimes the ships boats are launched when sailing along in settled weather so you can take a photo of the ship under sail.  There are often lectures on board to teach you more about sailing square riggers.

The Pentland Firth and the Orkneys

If you have never sailed through the Pentland Firth you have an exciting experience ahead of you. The tides are strong as the North Sea fights the Atlantic for dominance around Cape Wrath, near John O'Groats, the most northerly headland of mainland Scotland.

Rounding the top of the UK, it may be possible to call into Kirkwall on the Orkneys but it all depends on the weather, timing and the Captain's decision on how well the voyage is progressing.

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, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. 

Once over the top of the UK, it will be time to start the 500 nautical mile passage across the North Sea and along the Limfjord and into the final stop of Aalborg. This crossing is around five days of sailing. 


Aalborg has had a love affair with The Tall Ships Races since 1999 where the city hosted the event for the first time. In 2004, 2010 and 2015 Aalborg once again had the honor and pleasure of being host port. All of the events have been highlights in the history of Aalborg. 

Situated at the Liim Fiord where it was founded by Vikings more than 1000 years ago Aalborg is both a historic and modern city. These days the port has been transformed into a recreative oasis where parks, restaurants and cultural attractions which in addition to the Limfjord make for a very popular place for guests and citizens alike.

You will be arriving into Denmark for two nights in port to join in the festivities as the Tall Ship Races 2019 begin. The fleet of tall ships will arrive together on the first night (3rd July) and the following evening will be full of crew parades and crew parties. A great way to celebrate your achievement of bringing this ship all the way from Scotland and across the North Sea. 

Why not book another nights stay in Aalborg and enjoy the last day of the festivities and fireworks displays taking place in the port before making your way home?

Lord Nelson under sail


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.


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.


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.


  • 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


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



Oban, Scotland

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Getting to Oban

By Train
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.

By Road:

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond. When you get to Tyndrum turn to port (left) onto the A85 for Oban. Find the North Quay and then further into Town and near Tesco you will find secure parking at Oban Car Hire which does have to be paid for. Please call 01631 566476 for opening times and charges.

Other Parking Options:

Since 2018 there is now no long stay Council Parking or free car parking. Please let us know if you find anywhere that might be suitable for sailors on an Oban to Oban voyage

There are private secure car parks for a fee.

For larger vehicles like motor homes, the Visitor Centre suggests contacting the following companies for parking:

Stoddards Campsite - offers parking

Hazel Bank Motors (otherwise known as Oban Car Hire) - offers car parking

McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking

By Coach

CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.


Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Oban has been described as one of the most scenic travel destinations. The sheltered port of Oban (“little bay” in Gaelic) is surrounded by views of earth, sea and sky, which have enthralled artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries.

Known as the gateway to Argyll and the Western Isles, Oban is the perfect origin for your own journey to discover the enchantment of the west coast of Scotland. Oban has always been known as the traveller’s rest. As a small town with a resident population of 8,500 this unofficial capital of the West Highlands often swells with large numbers of visitors.

Oban is renowned for its glorious gardens, its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, islands all around, ancient monuments and castles, and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting - especially from pilot cutters and tall ships. Queen Victoria visited the town and gave it the royal seal of approval when she described it as "one of the finest spots we have seen".

There are lots of places to stay in Oban, The Official Oban Tourist Office has the best local directory.

Aalborg, Denmark

Latest port updates

Make sure you have a note of the ship's number for any joining problems on the day, the exact location may not be known until a day or two before joining. If in doubt, call the ship's mobile on the day of joining or use the ship's tracker to locate the ship. 

How to get here



The city of Aalborg is served by Aalborg Airport.  This is the third largest airport in Denmark, and is situated 6km from the centre of Aalborg.

There are regular buses between the airport and the city and taxi services from the airport.  

Norwegian Air seem to offer the best value for money on flights to Aalborg and also offer the most choice. There are direct International flights from several UK airports.

Visit Aalborg is aa very useful source of information for getting around.

Classic Sailing are not able to assist you in getting to or from your joining and finishing ports, but we do recommend either Skyscanner or Dial-a-Flight as good starting points for your travel arrangements. 

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

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’

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 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.

Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson was the first 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. One of Britain's most well known sail training ships, Lord Nelson frequents ports all around the UK and Europe with a mix of day sails and longer square rig adventures. In 2012-14 she proved that disabled and able bodied crews could take a square rigger safely around the world and have great adventures together from Antarctica to Australia. A great GAP year or career break experience for your CV and it might just change your life.



  • Length overall: 180ft  (54.70m) 
  • Length on deck:140ft (42.80m)


  • Year built: 1986
  • Vessel type/rig: Barque


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


OUR EXPERT VIEW: What Lord Nelson Does Best

Award winning ship - designed 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 Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious 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.

The 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.

Not only has barque Lord Nelson won awards from several countries for her efforts, she was awarded the 'Sail Training Ship of the Year Award 2014.' The ship's operators won this for fulfilling both the Sail Training aspirations of ASTO (Association of Sail Training Associations) and the seamanship and safety requirements of the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency).

“Sail Training is about challenge and adventure. It doesn’t get more challenging and adventurous than a sailing around the world on board a tall ship. Lord Nelson’s outstanding and ambitious voyage fulfils all the aims of sail training and makes her a worthy winner of the ASTO/MCA Vessel of the year award.”James Stevens, Chairman of ASTO

Lord Nelson World Voyage
Recording the sea temperature for the Met Office

Nellie Notches up The Miles - Worldwide and at Home

The Lord Nelson is affectionately know as the 'Nellie.'  Her repetoire of voyages ranges from UK Day Sails where grandfathers sail alongside the next generation of young sailors, to island hopping and astro navigation in the Canaries. She has always done ocean passages in the Northern Hemisphere, but her World Voyage has given her a taste of more exotic destinations.

In 2012-14 Lord Nelson crews raced with other Tall Ships from Australia to New Zealand, rounded Cape Horn, gave disabled sailors the chance to set their 'wheels' amongst the Penguins in Antarctica.  The 45 000 mile circumnavigation gained 'the Nellie' lots of new friends and now sailors of all nationalities are joining her to live their dream. As a happy consequence of the first World Voyage, Lord Nelson now take their equality message to all corners of the world on a regular basis.

STS Lord Nelson in the Bass Strait

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 Lord Nelson. 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, but will hopefully give you fresh hope and inspiration. If you are committing your holiday leave to do something worthwhile as well as have a challenging adventure yourself, then prepared to be humbled by other peoples determination.

Cooks mates in Antarctica
Cooks mates in Antarctica



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 Lord Nelson 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.

working aloft on Lord Nelson

Life on Board

On Board Tenacious & Lord Nelson we 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.

Below decks there are bunks in the fo’c’sle for the majority of the crew, and eight cabins amidships 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. Electrical sockets are 240v or UK three pin plugs.

Lord Nelson is a very sociable ship and the bar is often a focal point for events in port. At sea you can buy alcoholic drinks if you are not on watch or about to go and handle sails or climb the rigging. There is also a large mess room for meals or where you can write a diary or perhaps enjoy a board game.

rough seas on Lord Nelson


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.

All ages and abilities on Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson accommodation below deck
Lord Nelson accommodation below deck

Lord Nelson’s Accommodation & Special Facilities

Barque Lord Nelson designed and 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 deck Lord Nelson 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 Lord Nelson 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.


On deck

Lord Nelson 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 Lord Nelson 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.

Food Glorious Food

The food on board is plentiful and often praised. A professional cook and a cook’s assistant produce three cooked meals a day and make cakes, biscuits and scones for elevenses and afternoon tea (both known as ‘Smoko’ on board). In addition you can help yourself to fresh fruit and if you are still peckish during your night watch there are always some ‘night rations’ to help you through.

Special dietary requirements are catered for – just remember to include them in your voyage booking form.

On each day of the voyage one member of each watch helps the cook and cook’s assistant in the Galley – a busy and rewarding part of life on board known as ‘Mess Duty’!

With good food comes excellent company
With good food comes excellent company


Top of Form

Bottom of Form





Tall ship, Lord Nelson Design Specification
Squall by

Lord Nelson's Specifications

Length Overall: 180ft (54.70m)

Length on deck: 140ft (42.80m)

Year built: 1986

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



Satellite phone (emergencies only)

Sat C 

SSB and VHF readio



UK MCA Code of Practice for worldwide operations. 


Lord Nelson is a Unique British Design

Lord Nelson (fondly known as Nellie) and her sister ship Tenacious 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 180ft (54.70m) barque with square sails was launched in 2000 and was the second largest wooden tall ship to be built in the UK for over 100 years. 

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 square rigger with 18 sails.

Lord Nelson'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.

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.

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.

Lord Nelson Pin Rail diagram
Lord Nelson Pin Rail Diagram



Captain Barbara Campbell on the ships bridge

Meet the Captains on Lord Nelson

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

Lord Nelson - Kit List

Weather can be fickle when sailing

Tenacious & Lord Nelson Kit List


  • 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.

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

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.
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
Warm shower proof jacket/sailing jacket

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

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

• 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.

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

There are 240v sockets for razors and hairdryers

• 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

• 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.




As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

Solo Sailors and Solo Occupancy

The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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Why book with Classic Sailing?

The call of the sea

Destinations for sailors & explorers

Over 300 voyages a year

11, 051 customers introduced to

traditional boats and tall ships.

Tell us your sailing dreams


Office Team of 4 Skippers

6 Times Around the World between Us

Selling Holidays for 22 Years

3 Dogs to make us laugh

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