29th December 2022 to 25th January 2023

Tall Ship: Las Palmas to Antigua – Transatlantic

£2240 per person

Deposit 25%. Final balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Welcome in the New Year in spectacular style aboard the Tenacious in Las Palmas!

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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Nights onboard
27
Vessel type
Three masted tall ship. She can 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

See in the New Year with a bucket list adventure as you set sail across the Atlantic and immerse yourself in life on a tall ship

27 nights: 29 December 2022 - 25 January 2023

£2,240 per person

Celebrate the New Year with a bucket list adventure from the stunning Spanish Canary Islands, crossing the Atlantic to the crystal clear waters and winter sun of the Caribbean.

Immerse yourself completely in life on a tall ship, becoming a valuable member of your crew onboard beautiful Tenacious: the three-masted wooden ship with a difference. Both those with and without disabilities are welcome onboard, sailing on equal terms on this thoroughly equipped ship. Work with a fantastic group of like-minded adventurers, taking part in all aspects of crew life as you learn to navigate, trim and set the sails, experience the thrill of climbing the mast, and helm the ship.

Sailing south from Las Palmas, you will catch a ride on the trade winds that have propelled ships across the Atlantic for centuries. Weeks of nothing but clear blue ocean sailing, eventually arriving at Antigua with it’s sparkling waters and stunning beaches.

Whether you are a novice sailor or more experienced, this trip will push you out of your comfort zone and into the unpredictable world of ocean sailing. You will see the stars as you’ve never seen them before during your night watches, watching as the ship creates a stunning phosphorescent trail in the dark.This is a truly empowering experience for all on board, as you work as a team and realise your potential in this unusual environment, everybody is equal on this innovative tall ship.

We start in Las Palmas and see the new year in in style. It’s an old seafaring tradition for the oldest person on board to ring out the old year, while the youngest person on board rings in the new year. We’ll then cross the Atlantic, which means this isn’t for the faint hearted. People who were once unknown to each other and from different backgrounds very quickly come together to work as a team. The environment offers a fantastic opportunity to move out of your comfort zone and rise to the demands and challenge of ocean sailing.

But the rewards? People tell us that sailing with us changes perceptions both of their own ability and of those who they spent the time with, regardless of physical ability. As voyage crew, you will gain new skills and knowledge, and we know you’ll walk away with a huge sense of achievement.

Watchkeeping

As you settle into your watch system, you will experience all aspects of life at sea, including all that is involved in watchkeeping, both day and night:

When you arrive onboard 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 ten people, including one permanent member of the crew.

Watchkeeping includes 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.

Night watches

The ocean takes on a very different aspect after dark, and during your night watches, you will learn and perfect valuable skills. Steering to the compass and honing your night vision to be able to spot a flapping sail or a tiny light on the horizon will be essential.

You will also experience the incredible luminous phosphorescence as the ship’s hull disturbs the sea, as well as the bright, infinite stars as they rotate around the earth’s axis as you sail deep into the night.

Between watches, you can spend your time sleeping, relaxing or helping out preparing food for the crew.

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, so you can 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.

  • 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.
  • Travel Insurance

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.

Fly to Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Fly home from V.C. Bird International, Antigua.

We start in Las Palmas and see the new year in in style. It’s an old seafaring tradition for the oldest person on board to ring out the old year, while the youngest person on board rings in the new year. We’ll then cross the Atlantic, which means this isn’t for the faint hearted. People who were once unknown to each other and from different backgrounds very quickly come together to work as a team. The environment offers a fantastic opportunity to move out of your comfort zone and rise to the demands and challenge of ocean sailing.

But the rewards? People tell us that sailing with us changes perceptions both of their own ability and of those who they spent the time with, regardless of physical ability. As voyage crew, you will gain new skills and knowledge, and we know you’ll walk away with a huge sense of achievement.

Watchkeeping

As you settle into your watch system, you will experience all aspects of life at sea, including all that is involved in watchkeeping, both day and night:

When you arrive onboard 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 ten people, including one permanent member of the crew.

Watchkeeping includes 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.

Night watches

The ocean takes on a very different aspect after dark, and during your night watches, you will learn and perfect valuable skills. Steering to the compass and honing your night vision to be able to spot a flapping sail or a tiny light on the horizon will be essential.

You will also experience the incredible luminous phosphorescence as the ship’s hull disturbs the sea, as well as the bright, infinite stars as they rotate around the earth’s axis as you sail deep into the night.

Between watches, you can spend your time sleeping, relaxing or helping out preparing food for the crew.

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, so you can 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.

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.

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