Tall Ship Tasters & Winter Sun
Always Superb Value for Money on a Classic Sailing Holiday
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The best way to find your sea legs on a tall ship for the first time is to chose a voyage with plenty of short hops between ports. You will still probably get night sailing and a taste of offshore open seas, but there will be plenty of sail handling as you go in and out of port, and a welcome chance to enjoy a drink ashore with your new found friends, or wander ‘lonely as a cloud’ on solid land. It also helps if the sun is warm and you can spend maximum time outdoors in shorts and t shirts, rather than look like Ellen McArthur on a round the world epic trussed up in full Musto waterproofs.
The small but characterful tall ship Bessie Ellen is usually based in the Canaries for most of the British Winter. In 2013-14 she is havinf a well deserved winter refit but will be back in 2014-15.
In 2013-2014 the three masted lugger Grayhound is sailing a classic Atlantic Circuit with winter sun voyages in Madiera, Canaries, Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
Our wildlife and island exploration voyages on Grayhound or Bessie Ellen are for anyone looking for an active holiday in the sun and no experience is needed to be guest crew. A great way of experiencing tall ship sailing in a winter sun location where you can swim in the ocean, marvel at the stars in unpolluted skies and climb aloft to watch for dolphins and whales. You may even see a turtles in Canaries as well as Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
The Canaries are easy to get to from regional airports throughout Europe, but sailing between the lesser known islands like La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro on a eye catching ship turns a well known destination into something quite special. Grayhound has walking and sailing voyages in la Gomera and voyages in the Eastern Canaries too.
Schooner Oosterschelde in Cape Verde
Escape the summer hoards and explore some of the best spots in the Mediterranean out of the main tourist season. In the winter there is all of the culture to see but a gentler pace of life - meeting the locals as they enjoy a bit of elbow room. Baking sun and afternoon sea breezes are replaced by a gloriously unpredictable mix of sun hot enough for a winter tan one day then wild and windy gales, which are just what a 700 ton tall ship needs for exciting sailing, followed by a morning calm, a quiet coffee ashore and crystal clear blue skies. This is the second year the British square rigger Tenacious has based herself in the Mediterranean, and she has widened her reach to offer voyages from some iconic seafaring ports. The ship has heating, air conditioning, a bar on board and full catering including her famous barbeques on deck.
Voyages from ports like Palma in Mallorca, Genoa in Italy, Vallatta in Malta, Barcelona, Gibraltar and Monaco.
" I was extremely impressed by how well organised the whole voyage was, and running the ship in general. I thought the crew were superb the way they motivated and encouraged everybody to do whatever it took to ensure the ship could continue to sail through the day and night. Thanks again for a great holiday!" - Maryjane Crane
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