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.
Length 200' (60m)
Rig Brig, Square sails on two masts
Tonnage 500 tons
Height of main mast 118' (36m)
Steel hull, 2 engines, watertight bulkheads built by Appledore Shipyard in North Devon in 2000 and 2001
Sails: 18 in total. Royal, t’gallant, upper and lower topsail and course on each mast, plus flying jib, outer jib, inner jib, staysail and between mast staysails. Deck level Mess Room.
Both ships are British registered and owned by a long established sail training charity. The ships carry full UK Marine Coastguard Agency certification for worldwide operation. They are rated as UK Auxiliary Coastguard Ships recognising the professionalism of the permanent crew in assisting in rescues at sea.
Air-conditioned, shared accommodation, WC’s and showers.
MCA Coded to sail anywhere in the world.
Master & Crew
45 voyage crew like yourself of all ages.
Merchant Navy qualified Master with considerable experience.
, 2nd Mate, 3rd Officer, Bosun, Engineer and Cook and 10 experienced volunteers, including deck hands, cooks assistants, engineer assistant and others.
Voyage Fees include:
All meals, square rig sail training, waterproofs and harnesses, pillows.
These are sail training ships not luxury cruising. Everyone signs on as ships crew and takes part in a watch system of 4 hours on, 8 hours off throughout the voyage. Duties include sailing, watch keeping and keeping the ship clean at sea and in harbour. Going aloft is the essence of Tall Ship sailing and you will be given every encouragement to try for yourself, it’s not compulsory. Supervised training begins before the voyage.
Our directors Adam or Debbie Purser in the office are tall ship sailors and professional skippers of traditional boats and we love to talk to our potential customers, so do give us a ring if you are tempted by sailing on a tall ship, but not quite sure it is for you.
We can also help if you want to buy a gift voucher or short tall ship voyage or day sail as a present for someone else.
Both Adam and Debbie have sailed as watch leaders for many years on the Stavros S Niarchos, and have also sailed on the other tall ships we promote—Topsail schooner Oosterschelde, Barque Europa and Brigantine Soren Larsen, so if you have already tried a short trip and are looking for a more challenging ocean voyage; tall ship wildlife expreditions or would prefer a tall ship with ensuite cabins but plenty of actiuon then do ring us to help your chose.
We are the main UK booking agents for the tall ships on our website work in close partnership with the ships operators to create exciting programmes to suit every level of tall ship sailor from novice to master mariner looking for an unusual holiday.
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