Three masted tall ship (Barque). Purpose built in 1986. She was the first ship in the world to take able-bodied and disabled travellers to sea on equal terms.
There are bunks in the fo’c’sle for the majority of the crew and eight cabins amidships for wheelchair users and their buddies.
Facilities on board
The ship has many facilities to enable physically disabled crew to work alongside their able-bodied shipmates, without taking away the element of challenge.
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:
- An audio compass.
- A guidance track around most of the upper deck to keep you central.
- Arrows on most handrails pointing to the bow.
- Tactile strips at the tops of companionways (stairs) and bright coloured edging.
- Bright track radar screen.
For deaf and hearing impaired voyage crew:
- Berths are fitted with vibrator pads connected to the alarm bells and alarm lights circuit.
- The ship is fitted with an induction loop.
- Audio compass.
Bathrooms on board have specifically designed toilets and showers for those with more severe disabilities.
The vessel is fitted with a messroom, fully equipped galley, workshop, library and well-stocked bar.
Email facilities on board – For ocean voyages only
The ship has recently been fitted with a satellite email system so you will be able to keep in touch with loved ones back home whilst on ocean passage voyages.
Please note you will have to use a different email address and will be unable to access your home accounts so bring important email addresses with you. There is a charge for this facility and it is not suitable for large files.
Please note this service is only available on ocean passage voyages.
Deposit and cancellation:
25% and strict.
NB when booking a voyage of 26 days or more, as well as the 25% deposit to confirm your booking, a further non-refundable payment of 25% of the voyage fee must be paid at least 6 months prior to the date of departure of your voyage. See deposit and cancellations policy
- All meals and drinks on board (except drinks and snacks from the bar)
- All bedding
- Heavy-duty wet weather gear and boots
- Deck harnesses
- Climbing harness
- Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip.
- Drinks and snacks from the bar.
- Travel to and from the vessel.
Sailing on equal terms
The vessel has been designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail the ship on as near equal terms as possible.
On board there is a ‘buddy system”. People are buddied up, usually in able-bodied/physically disabled pairs, to give help and assistance as and when needed. The system, which is a two way process, has been in operation since the ship’s first voyage and epitomises the inclusive ethos of the ship. It has led to many enduring friendships contributing to the voyage crew’s enjoyment of the voyage. The permanent crew decide the pairings shortly before sailing.
Open to people with severe disabilities
The ship is designed to cater for people with severely disabilities. People with severe disabilities will come with their own buddy, someone who knows them, is used to caring for them and is familiar with their needs.
Speak with us to discuss your requirements.
Open to beginner sailors.
Open to solo travellers.
GETTING THERE (AND BACK)
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We’ll spend the first night in dock to go through the safety briefings and get to know the diverse team who will be your crew mates. The following morning it’s likely you’ll get to climb the masts for the first time, before an overnight sail to Tenerife.
Here in Santa Cruz de Tenerife we will to bring in the New Year beneath the spectacular fireworks. Hopefully there’ll be time to explore the island too.
Then your adventure really starts! We’ll be sailing south to catch a ride on the trade winds that have propelled ships across the Atlantic for centuries. We might catch the winds early in the voyage, but if we have to travel further south to find them, then we might have the opportunity to visit Cape Verde.
This volcanic archipelago of 10 islands off the northwest coast of Africa is known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches.
From here on, it should be 3 weeks of nothing but clear blue ocean sailing.
This is true ocean trade wind sailing with the wind on the quarter – exactly what square riggers were designed for! We’ll be outside of commercial shipping routes, so unlikely to see another vessel for a while. However, weather permitting, we will be graced by a spectacular natural phenomenon.
During our passage, on 21st January 2019, there will be a total lunar eclipse. As the Earth travels between the full Moon and the Sun, it will cast a shadow and turn the Moon blood red, creating an incredible sight!
We won’t see land until reaching the Caribbean and we’ll be heading to a particularly special place for a lot of Tall Ships, Antigua!
When you arrive on board you will be put into one of the four watches: Forward Port (FP), Forward Starboard (FS), Aft Port (AP) and Aft Starboard (AS). These watches will work together to man the ship 24 hours a day. Each watch usually comprises 10 people including one permanent member of crew.
Watchkeeping means steering, keeping lookout and handling sails under the supervision of your Watchleader 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.
When not on watch or helping on deck, you will spend your time sleeping, relaxing or helping out preparing food for the hungry crew.
What else to expect?
While most of the sails can be handled and controlled from deck level, some require climbing the mast to work them. You can also climb for fun and to perfect your skills. The main mast’s head is 30m above the water. Just imagine how good the view is from the top….
Disabled members of crew will also be able to go aloft with the help of other crew members.
The ship doesn’t stop at night and it will be your job to be on watch. The ocean takes on a very different aspect after dark. You’ll learn to steer to the compass and hone your night vision to be able to spot a flapping sail or a tiny light on the horizon. You’ll experience luminous phosphorescence as the ship’s hull disturbs the sea. You’ll enjoy incredibly bright stars and experience how they rotate around the earth’s axis as you sail deep into the night.
We recommend that you bring the following items:
- Passport (Even voyages with UK departure and arrival ports usually call into at least one foreign port during a voyage)
- Joining instructions (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.
- RYA Log book (if you have one)
- Duke of Edinburgh Record Book, if you are taking part at the Gold Award level only.
Medical supplies and aids
- Please bring sufficient for the 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.
- If you think your sleep might be disturbed by the noise of the generator engine or lights.
- 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
- You will need to bring your own towels (including one for swimming if you plan to swim)
- Soft-soled shoes – deck shoes or trainers. In warm weather, sandals are fine, but not flip-flops. If you have your own oilskins and sea boots bring them along!
- You will be handling ropes so sailing or other non-slip gloves will be useful.
- It is useful but not essential to bring a water bottle with you, especially on trips in warm climates, in order to keep hydrated.
- Sterling – to use in the bar for drinks, crisps, chocolate and to buy souvenirs in the shop.
- 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 $50 departure tax at the airport.
- Only Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted on board, although we would prefer cheques (sterling only).
- We DO NOT accept: debit cards, Solo or Maestro on board.
- It can be noticeably cooler at sea than on land, especially at night. So come prepared.
- 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 and voyages of 2 weeks or more.
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.
It is the responsibility of each member of the voyage crew to ensure that they have sufficient cover for their needs.
You must be covered for tall ship sailing outside of coastal waters.
You will not be able to sail if you do not have adequate insurance.
We can recommend an appropriate insurer. Please enquire when booking.