Vessels of all Sizes. From our smallest boat Eve of St Mawes a pilot cutter, through Bessie Ellen a two masted ketch up to three masted square rigger Europa.
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.
If you are looking for a classic square rigger then British Tall Ships Stavros S Niarchos, Lord Nelson and Tenacious offer 3-7 day tall ship taster voyages from a range of British ports. They are an ideal introduction to tall ship sailing without travelling too far afield. These ships take about 50 guest crew so it is quite an experience and the training on board is very well structured.
They make great presents for those friends and relatives that have always taked about running way to sea, but never quite get around to organising it. Classic Sailing can also sell gift vouchers that can be used on any of our vessels.
If you are looking to be part of a smaller crew then our historic wooden tall ship Bessie Ellen has a few 3 day voyages from Oban in NW Scotland. Bessie Ellen is not square rigged but there are plenty of blocks and tackles to haul on and upto eight sails to set, plus a very long bowsprit.
The small but characterful tall ship Bessie Ellen will be based in the Western Canaries for most of the British Winter, plus a great ocean sail from Tenerife Lisbon then back to Cornwall.
These 6 day wildlife and exploration voyages on Bessie Ellen are for anyone looking for an active holiday in the sun and no experience is needed to be guerst 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 turtle as this is an amazing place for marine wildlife.
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.
Both tall ship Bessie Ellen and topsail schooner Oosterschelde are migrating South for the winter. If you have had a taste of sailing and want to try a relatively short but challenging ocean passage for 9-14 days then sign up this autumn for a Bay of Biscay crossing or a warmer blue water passage from Northern Spain to the Canaries (Bessie Ellen) or Cape Verde (Oosterschelde). Bessie Ellen takes up to 12 guest crew and Oosterschelde no more than 24 crew so you will get plenty of instruction and involvement.
" 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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