1st April 2023 to 30th April 2023

Tall Ship: Bermuda to Portland Transatlantic Expedition

From £6120 per person

Deposit 25%. Full balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Join the transatlantic trip from west to east which is not for the faint-hearted.
Clear
Suited to
Wheelchair friendly, Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Open to all levels of sailing and physical ability
Nights onboard
29
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
Insurance Required
Yes

The transatlantic trip from west to east is not for the faint-hearted. It will be a month-long voyage, which will be more challenging than our regular voyages. It will mean longer periods at sea and more difficult sailing. In addition to becoming part of a unique team, you'll learn things you won't be able to learn anywhere else.

30 Days: 01 - 30 April 2023

£6120 per person*

Port calls on long passages are always very weather dependent but perhaps you’ll have the chance to refresh and add 2023 to the dockside paintings famous in the Azores.

*This voyage is now a subsidy of 20%, whereas it had previously varied between 40-60% per voyage. This was necessary to meet increased operational costs. We recommend anyone who does not think they can afford the new subsidized rate to apply for a bursary, this includes anyone under 25 – please state which voyage you wish to sail on at the same time by emailing [email protected].

Itinerary

The transatlantic trip from west to east is not for the faint-hearted. It will be a month-long voyage, which will be more challenging than our regular voyages. It will mean longer periods at sea and more difficult sailing. In addition to becoming part of a unique team, you’ll learn things you won’t be able to learn anywhere else.

Port calls on long passages are always very weather dependent but perhaps you’ll have the chance to refresh and add 2023 to the dockside paintings famous in the Azores.

The skipper says “Team spirit is palpable onboard a voyage, and never more so than on a transatlantic crossing. For one month, a diverse group of people work together, support and encourage each other. and push themselves beyond what they may have thought possible. This is a bucket list trip – what a way to mark 2023…”

Watchkeeping

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 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.

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.

What to expect

You’ll have been part of one of the most important teams you’ve ever experienced – without our Voyage Crew we can’t sail, you’re as crucial as that. And we know that with that will come a huge sense of self-achievement – and some new friends too.

Sailing 

Don’t worry if you’ve never sailed before – most people step on board with no experience of sailing a tall ship.

You’ll be part of our Voyage Crew, and be put into one of four teams called Watches. You’ll learn from our Permanent Crew and will take part in all the tasks necessary to operate the Ship, whether that’s setting sail, helming (steering) the Ship, assisting in the Galley or climbing the mast – though that one’s not compulsory!

And you’ll enjoy time off watch every day to take in the scenery, get to know others on board and take part in the activities we have planned. Our beautiful tall ship Tenacious becomes your home for the duration of your voyage – we want you to be comfortable and enjoy the experience of being on board.

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.

Bermuda

Portland, UK

Itinerary

The transatlantic trip from west to east is not for the faint-hearted. It will be a month-long voyage, which will be more challenging than our regular voyages. It will mean longer periods at sea and more difficult sailing. In addition to becoming part of a unique team, you’ll learn things you won’t be able to learn anywhere else.

Port calls on long passages are always very weather dependent but perhaps you’ll have the chance to refresh and add 2023 to the dockside paintings famous in the Azores.

The skipper says “Team spirit is palpable onboard a voyage, and never more so than on a transatlantic crossing. For one month, a diverse group of people work together, support and encourage each other. and push themselves beyond what they may have thought possible. This is a bucket list trip – what a way to mark 2023…”

Watchkeeping

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 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.

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

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!

Sailing 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.

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.