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31st May 2021 to 6th June 2021

Tall Ship: English Channel Experience

£595 Per person

Deposit 25% balance due 12wks before departure
Experience life onboard a tall ship as we explore the English Channel
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Wheelchair friendly, Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Open to all levels of sailing and physical ability
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
Three masted tall ship purpose built in 2000. She was constructed specifically to take able-bodied and disabled travellers to sea on equal terms.
Vessel length
54.70m
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
There are bunks in the fo’c’sle for the majority of the crew and eight cabins amidships for wheelchair users and their buddies.
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the English Channel onboard a stunning Tall Ship

6 nights: 31 May - 06 June 2021

£595 per person

*All voyage crew spaces can be subsidised through the continuous fundraising of this charity. If you feel that you qualify for a subsidised berth, please contact our team.

Join the STS Tenacious as we spend a week exploring the English Channel. With the beautiful Isle of Wight just on our doorstep, and France on the other side of the channel, there are endless opportunities for adventure. You'll join the crew and take part in the all hands on deck attitude, take part in incredible sailing and meet fantastic likeminded people.

Explore the best of the English channel on this beautiful trip, surrounded by glorious rugged coasts and fantastic wildlife. This really is a great British sailing adventure.

Watchkeeping

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?

Going aloft

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.

Night watches

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.

  • 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 severe 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.

Portsmouth, UK

Portsmouth, UK

Explore the best of the English channel on this beautiful trip, surrounded by glorious rugged coasts and fantastic wildlife. This really is a great British sailing adventure.

Watchkeeping

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?

Going aloft

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.

Night watches

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:

Paperwork

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.
Earplugs/Eye mask

If you think your sleep might be disturbed by the noise of the generator engine or lights.
Spectacles/ Sunglasses

 With a cord to keep them safe
Toiletries

Enough for the whole voyage.
High factor sun cream
Mosquito repellent.
There are 240v sockets for razors and hairdryers
Towels

You will need to bring your own towels (including one for swimming if you plan to swim)
Shoes

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!
Gloves

You will be handling ropes so sailing or other non-slip gloves will be useful.
Water Bottles

It is useful but not essential to bring a water bottle with you, especially on trips in warm climates, in order to keep hydrated.
Money

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.
Clothing

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.