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Tall Ship Lord Nelson

Tall Ship Lord Nelson

Classic Sailing holidays on tall ship Lord NelsonLord Nelson was the first tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. In 2012-14 she undertook her most ambitious adventure with disabled and able bodied crews. Barque Lord Nelson sailed around the World, gaining her lots of new friends and sailors of all nationalities from Argentinians to Sri Lankan voyage crew.

What Next After The Around the World Voyage ?

Nellie will enjoy a triumphant return to the UK in September 2014, but she will not be home for long.  A Ship Appeal has raised over £50 000 towards ship running costs and refits to enable Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious to undertake an exciting winter programme with destinations like Casablanca, Cuba, Through the Panama Canal to the Pacific, Costa Rica and several month long expeditions in the Caribbean between October 2014 and April 2015.

Lord Nelson Full Sailing Schedule - voyage descriptions,dates and prices

Lord Nelson Trans Atlantic, Caribbean, Cuba, Panama Canal And Pacific side of Costa Rica - Dates and prices

Why is this Tall Ship So Special ?

Imagine trying to balance the adventurous spirits of a female soldier who has lost a leg with a romantic 70 year old who has always wanted to sail a tall ship but life got in the way and a fit but first time away with strangers teenager in your watch. The Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious have taken over 37 000 mixed crews on sailing voyages since they were built.  The ships design and the way the ships permament crew socially and professionally run the ship is very well thought out and inclusive.   Facilities on board include wide flat decks for ease of movement around the ship, wheel chair lifts between deck levels, a hearing hoop, a speaking compass when required and hydraulic power assisted steering to enable people with limited strength or mobility to experience the thrill of steering a large sailing ship. (more details on her special facilities for the disabled).

Lord Nelson - Vessel Brochure

Lord Nelson Full Sailing Schedule - voyage description, dates & prices


First visit to Antarctica - Lord NelsonRound the World Voyage earns Lord Nelson 'Sail Training Ship of the Year Award'

Lord Nelson can now officially claim to be the first purpose built tall ship to sail around the world with disabled crew. Nellie is due to be back in the UK in September 2014.  Her exploits, spreading the message that able bodied and disabled crew can sail a tall ship together as equals around the world, has been a great success. Not only has she won awards from several countires for her efforts, she was recently awarded the 'Sail Training Ship of the Year Award' by the MCA / ASTO. 

This is to reward an operator for fulfilling both the Sail Training aspirations of ASTO (Association of Sail Training Associations) and the seamanship and safety requirements of the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency).

James Stevens Chairman of the Association of Sail Training Organisations said: “Sail Training is about challenge and adventure. It doesn’t get more challenging and adventurous than a sailing around the world on board a tall ship. Lord Nelson’s outstanding and ambitious voyage fulfils all the aims of sail training and makes her a worthy winner of the ASTO/MCA Vessel of the year award.”

Lord Nelson Photo Gallery from the World Trip

Lord Nelson – Where the Ship Sails

Antarctic and Cape Horn Firsts

Cape Horn Cake on Lord Nelson

Between 2012 and 2014 Lord Nelson sailed over 45 000 miles, crossed the equator 4 times, visited 6 continents and 30 countries. She visited hot countries like the Indian Ocean to India and Sri Lanka, then over the Bay of Bengal to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. In Australia and New Zeland she raced in tall ships races. An epic 6000 mile leg accross the bottom of the South Pacific and around Cape Horn was a highlight the lucky crews will remember for a lifetime. The ship also ran an Antarctic Expedition which was no mean feat. Disabled crew enjoyed some quite challenging boat ashore trips and were able to get up close and personal with the penguins.. Visit oceanic islands like Tristan da Cuhna and sail up the whole Caribbean Chain to East Coast and Nova Scotia. The ship returns to the UK in September 2014 via Iceland. Many legs are already full, so do ring us for availability.

Round the World Voyage leg descriptions, dates & prices

"Lord Nelson will make history by being the first accessible tall ship to visit South American, African and Asia continents and sail around Cape Horn"

sister ship Tenacious in the CaribbeanCaribbean, Panama Canal to Pacific, Costa Rica and Cuba

The Around the World Voyage was potentially a hard act to follow for a ship run by a British charity, but we think they have created an amazing follow up this winter 2014-15 for Lord Nelson fans. The voyages are true expeditions and all quite long so start saving as much leave as you can.  If it takes you at least 2 weeks to get work out your head then these 21 to 32 day voyages around the Caribbean and Central America wiil be the perfect active escape.  There is a shorter 11 day Caribbean voyage over Christmas.

Destinations include - Canaries, Cape Verde, Trans Altantic, Antigua, Grenadines, Dutch Antillies, Through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica on the surfers Pacific side, back to the Caribbean for Jamaica, Cayman Isles, Bahamas, Tuks and Caicos, British Virgin Isles, Leeward Isles, Windward Isles, Barbados, Marinique and more.

Lord Nelson Winter Schedule - descriptions, dates and prices

Voyages around Britain & Ireland - Summer Programme

After two big programmes away around the world we expect Lord Nelson will be back in the UK and Europe running shorter voyages that are a bit easier to get to.  For an example of the type of programme she runs look at her sister ship Tenacious current summer voyages.  

Tall ship for disabled and able bodied crew

If you live in the UK, or planning to visit Britain, then why not try Lord Nelson's larger sister ship Tenacious whilst 'Nellie' is away on her round the world trip.

Tenacious (and normally Lord Nelson) offer a wide mix of tall ship day sails, 5-7 day adventure voyages around Europe and some tempting longer summer expeditions.

As a British owned ship the majority of Lord Nelson or Tenacious voyages start in UK ports from Jersey to Edinburgh, so you should find an impressive tall ship on your doorstep if you live near the coast.

Tall Ship Voyages Starting in the UK - dates and prices

Tall Ship Day Sails & Gift Vouchers

There are day sails for individuals or all the family (children from the age of 12 can join in) on Tenacious from a variety of British Ports. There is usually a chance for everyone to climb aloft and all take part in setting the sails on deck.

Tall Ships Day Sails - dates and prices

Adult Berths on Tall Ships Races

There are very few opportunities for over 25's to take part in the annual Tall Ships Races in Europe or further afield. These spectacular events are aimed at bringing together young crews and promoting international friendship.  Lord Nelson is unique in that she can take applications both youth and young at heart crew - without needing to meet a 50% quota of crew under 25.  Another words for adult berths it is "first come - first serve."

See this years tall ship race locations, vessels you can sail on

European Tall Ship Race on Tenacious - prices and dates

There a few experiences as thrilling as having a large Russian square rigger off your stern and gaining on you, or changing sail in the middle of the night with the sillouette of another tall ship against a moonlit sky close by.  Read about the adrenalin and friendship in Libby Purves article.

 ‘Adventure: Earths Most Thrilling Experiences’  is a 250 page travel book produced by Time Out Guides Ltd

Read one of their adrenalin choices: "Crew a Tall Ship" by seasoned sailor and journalist Libby Purves who has raced aboard Europa, Lord Nelson and Tenacious

Photo: Hauling up the heavy clew & tackle.  Max Mudie


A Challenge for All

The safety of everyone is top priority and so every activity is conducted at a pace comfortable for all. The forces of nature show no compromise and Lord Nelson is still a powerful square rigger so with main course, upper and lower topsails traditionally rigged so there is still considerable challenge in every voyage. Perhaps going aloft (climbing the rigging is optional) will be the biggest adrenalin buzz or simply the challenge and rewards of being part of a very special floating community.

The Buddy System on Lord Nelson

All ages sail on Lord NelsonOn Board Tenacious & Lord Nelson we operate a buddy system, which pairs able bodied and physically disabled people together. Everyone is there to help one another and share the experience, so the buddy system works both ways! You’ll get the chance to share skills and life experiences and, as many of our crew have found, make friendships that can last a lifetime. (On the booking form able bodied crew are asked if they are happy to buddy a mildly disabled crew member or a severely disabled crew member.)

Debbie in the Classic Sailing office has been a buddy for young wheelchair users and blind crew, as well as sailed on Tenacious as Watch Leader and Lord Nelson as a deck officer so if you are worried about your role on board, do give her a ring on 01872 580022.

GAP Year Challenge or Career Break

If you are taking time out to re appraise your life or do something worthwhile for your fellow humans, then a voyage on Tenacious or Lord Nelson can be both re-affirm your faith in human nature and take you on some interesting paths.

All ages of sailor and newcomer to sailing try a tall ship voyage, but be warned you may be hooked for life. Injured members of the British Armed Forces often have to re build their lives in civillian street and an increasing number of disabled servicemen and women are sailing on Lord Nelson and Tenacious.

If you are aged 16-24 find out more about the ships Youth Leadership @ Sea programme - available on some voyages. There are bursaries available if you can't afford it.

A Lord Nelson voyage is also an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential programme.




rigging on Lord Nelson

Ship Specification - Lord Nelson

Built  1986
Designer  C Mudie
Hull  steel
length on deck  42.8m
length overall  55m
beam  9m
masthead height  31m
displacement  490 tonnes
rig barque
18 sails  1024 sq m
guest crew 40
ships crew 7 plus volunteers













As the below decks accommodation and layout is often critical for some would be sailors, we have a seperate page on the ships facilities including the special features for disabled crew in detail,  floor plans and a virtual tour. 

Ship accommodation & Facilities page.

What to Bring - Kit List

Probably the most frequent question is what shall I wear ?  See our kit list page for both wild and windy voyages in the Bay of Biscay in autumn or what you might need to bring for Caribbean voyages. If you are still not sure ring us at Classic Sailing as all our staff are well travelled skippers.

How to sail this Square Rigger - Crew Handbook

For those who want to stay ahead of the game - see our website pages from the Crew Handbook - dedicated to sailing terms, pin rail diagrams, watch systems and ship routines.

Crew Handbook - everything you need to know about life on board - Kit list, how to sail ship, facilities for disabled etc - 12 pages

Captain Profiles & Crew - see seperate page

Whilst we all know the most important person on a ship is the cook, we thought you might like to know more about the ships Captain, deck officers, engineers, nurse, and how you can become volunteer ships doctor or watch leader. Crew page.



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