Join Lord Nelson for this mile-building UK and Irish adventure, passage making to the stunning Western Isles of Scotland. Work in a watch system, handle the sails, climb the rigging if you dare and learn about navigation at sea. Lord Nelson welcomes those of all abilities onboard and allows everyone to sail side by side as equals.
***Currently there are only berths available for non disabled crew members***
Berths and voyage availability
IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...
Those looking for a mile-building coastal sailing adventure where you will journey along the stunning Jurassic Coast, around Land's End and up the Celtic coast with a possible visit to the Dublin Port River Festival. Make your way to Scotland onboard an unusual tall ship, where disabled and able bodied crew sail side by side. End your voyage in the stunning gateway to Scotland's Western Isles, a breathtaking sail playground full of incredible landscapes to explore.
- Mile-building voyage from Poole
- Explore the Jurassic Coast
- Visit to the Dublin Port River Festival
- Enter the gateway to Scotland's Western Isles
- Tall Ship sailing up the Celtic coast
FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION
Join Lord Nelson in Poole for the start of a 10 day adventure that begins along the stunning Jurassic Coast and around Land's End. If the weather and winds are with you, there will be the chance to stop at the Dublin Port River Festival and add a drop of Irish "craic" to our voyage.
Your final destination will be Oban, the gateway to Scotland's Western Isles - a breathtaking sailing playground full of incredible landscapes to explore. You'll be in for a warm welcome on arrival to Oban, a port town packed with culture and has become known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland.
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.
Qualifying Passages over 60 miles
Towards your RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.
Whatever your experience, this is a great training voyage at a decent time of year for those wanting to learn some coastal navigation or get some watch keeping experience as there are many fishing boats to avoid and tidal streams to help work out, all whilst being well looked after by the onboard cook and deckhands.
However distant the idea of doing a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam might seem, you will need 2500 tidal miles logged and 5 passages over 60 miles from port to port before you can apply for an RYA /MCA Yachtmaster exam. This voyage would give you 2-4 coastal passages over 60 miles and plenty of night hours towards that goal.
Keen Novice, Competent Crew or Day Skipper ?
Even if you have only just started sailing you can still notch up some valuable experience that you can log in your internationally recognised RYA Cruising Logbook
The Irish Sea has ferries and fishing boats to look out for, so these voyages are excellent for gaining watch keeping experience. It is always an exciting challenge to learn to cope with sail handling at night on a sailing ship. In day time this route has some dramatic coastal scenery from Penwith to Pembroke National Park or Snowdonia's Llyn Peninsula.
WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER
The entire trip will involve working in a watch system with typically 4 hours on and 8 hours off. Whilst we cannot control the weather, this voyage does have the potential for some bumpy water. All part of the fun of travelling under sail though! Get into the rhythm of passage making under sail with opportunity and time to explore ashore in each port.
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.
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, and topsails traditionally rigged so there is still considerable challenge in every voyage. Perhaps going aloft (climbing the rigging is optional) will be the biggest adrenaline buzz or simply the challenge and rewards of being part of a very special floating community.
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.
Lord Nelson operates 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.)
- 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
- Personal Travel Insurance
Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and was recently described as the Cote d'Azur of the south coast. It is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, from windsurfers, kite surfers, sailors and those joining one of the cross channel ferries.
By Road & Parking
Driving to Poole, Dorset is a popular destination and clearly signposted from most areas of the UK
From the east Dorset is primarily reached by the M3 and M27 and journey times from the M25 and the home counties are in the region of 2 – 2.5 hours.
The west of Dorset is well served by the M5 from Bristol.
Rail & transfers
Poole Station is situated in the town centre - Daily services to all major cities including London Waterloo, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.
National Rail Enquires Tel: 0845 7484950
Rail Bookings tel: 0845 6000650
South West Trains Tel: 0845 6000650
Arriving by train? Ask for a Plusbus ticket. If you are arriving in Poole by train, for an extra £3 on the price of your rail ticket (£1.50 for children) you can enjoy unlimited travel for the day on most local bus services. Wilts & Dorset, Yellow Buses, First and the majority of smaller bus operators are included and you can hop on and off the buses all day with your rail plusbus ticket. Passengers can travel over a wide area including not just Poole but also neighbouring towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Wimborne. Ask at your local train station for details of Plusbus.
Air & transfers
Bournemouth International Airport, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6SE
Situated approximately 9.5 miles from Poole with regular services to Ireland and the Mediterranean.
See below for details of the shuttle service to the airport.
Booking Hotline Tel: 01202 578515,
Information Hotline Tel: 01202 364000
Fax: 01202 364109 www.bournemouthairport.com
Offers flights direct to Bournemouth Airport
Tel: 0871 2314787 www.thomsonfly.com
Operate a daily service to/from Glasgow, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Pisa, Shannon and the Marseille Provence. For more information please visit www.ryanair.com or call 0871 2460000
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)
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
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.
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.
Getting to Oban
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.
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 www.obancarhire.co.uk
McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking
CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.
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.
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
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.
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.
What to Expect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’!
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)
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.
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 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 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.
Tenacious & Lord Nelson Kit List
- All bedding
- Heavy duty wet weather gear and boots
- 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
You may want to bring some warmer clothes in early/late season
Thin fleece/light sweater
Shorts, T Shirts, Tops
Thin trousers and long sleeve shirts/blouses (in case of sunburn)
Long trousers plus closed front shoes for mess duty
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.
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)
•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
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.
What was the best bit?
Helming Lord Nelson in a Force 8 gale in the North Atlantic! Brilliant!
What was the worst bit?
Having to motor if the winds were not fair.
Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.
I love being at sea no matter what the weather as I find it peaceful, time to reflect and it was great meeting like-minded people.
Any other comments
Permanent crew was much more professional than I thought they would be and I felt very safe in their hands. They had a lot of patience and taught us well and were very open to any questions we had about sailing in tall ships.
What was the best bit?
Making new friends and sailing through an Atlantic force 8 gale for two days.
Visiting Grand Turk, Bermuda and the Azores.
What was the worst bit?
Can’t think of any bad bits. It was all fantastic and a great experience.- Stuart A - Antigua to Azores
“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 the Association of Sail Training Organisations
I've sailed on Lord Nelson (and her sister ship, Tenacious) quite a few times, and have loved it every time. The ships are designed so they can be sailed by a mixture of physically disabled and able-bodied people, all working together on equal terms. And it is great! People are always very friendly, and no prior sailing experience is required. Highly recommended! You can book via Classic Sailing. Helen K.
I went in September 2015 most exciting thing in my life left me feelng I have found my self esteem and confident I'm living again I was lost and in a dark place now im back and hungry for more ms do one get lost I'm lossing you at sea my illness disappear at sea happy days Thank you all. Loopy
To sail on these ships is the only time I feel FREE most excellent time off my life to feel at one with my buddies to feel at peace with in my sole unstoppable is the key with my disability to be able to do what able bodies can do with the ship company learning me the ropes very much appreciated. Lorraine P.
A truly inspiring experience and with some stunning views. All mixes incredibly well with the different type of people you will meet on board! A 100% recommendation! Thanks Lord Nelson and your staff. Zane D