Tall Ship Lord Nelson
Tall Ship Lord Nelson
Lord 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 enjoyed a triumphant return to the UK in September 2014, but she wasn't home for long. A Ship Appeal raised over £50 000 towards ship running costs and refits to enable Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious undertake an exciting winter programme. Lord Nelson has sailed to destinations like Casablanca, Cuba, through to the Panama Canal and the Pacific, Costa Rica and several month long expeditions in the Caribbean. Her programme is always changing and with the Tall Ships Race 2016 coming up she gives plenty of opportunity for everyone to experience the thrill of sailing a tall ship.
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. The Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious have taken over 37000 mixed crews on sailing voyages since they were built. The ships design and the way the social and professional crew who run the ship mean the whole experience 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.
Round 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. 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 – Where the Ship Sails
Lord Nelson has 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.
Her programme is constantly changing and being updated and many legs are already full, so do ring us for availability.
"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"
Caribbean, Panama Canal to Pacific, Costa Rica and Cuba
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.
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.
If you live in the UK, or planning to visit Britain, then why not try Lord Nelson. If you live further afield then make sure you check out Tenacious' availability.
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 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.
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 www.tallshipstock.com
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
On 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.
Ship Specification - Lord Nelson
|length on deck||42.8m|
|18 sails||1024 sq m|
|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.
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.
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.