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Photo: Lord Nelson with snow covered Mount Teide, Tenerife behind.  Max Mudie

Tall Ship Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson was the first ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms.

36 000 people have sailed on the two ships since they were built. 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

Lord Nelson Australian Tall Ships Race

Lord Nelson – Where the Ship Sails


Round the World Voyage 2012-2014

In October 2012 Lord Nelson will set off on a 10 leg voyage to sail Round the World.  The ship will sail over 45 000 miles, cross the equator 4 times, visit 6 continents and 30 countries. Legs cost as little as £2495. There are plenty of warm water legs as she accross 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 will race in tall ships races in 2013. An epic 6000 mile leg accross the bottom of the South Pacific and around Cape Horn brings her back to Argentina. Another first whilst in South America is another shorter voyage around Cape Horn in 2014 and an Antarctic Expedition that disabled crew can participate in. 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"

Coastal VoyaMaori carvingges on the Far Side of the World

As part of Lord Nelson's journey around the world, the ship has a full programme of voyages and events on each continent she visits to help spread the word about this great tall ship where all abilities can sail.  There are some cracking short coastal voyages which would combine very well with land based travel plans.  If you are visiting or live in South Africa, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay or Nova Scotia then come and try a square rigger for a week or 10 days.  Highlights include sailing from Cape Town around the Cape of Good Hope, Coastal voyages from Sydney, 5 adventure voyages around the North and South Islands in new Zealand, and a week exploring the rugged Newfoundland coast.

Shorter Coastal Voyages on the Round the World Challange -Dates & Prices

Disabled Crew on Antarctic Expedition with Skip Novak

An exciting addition to Lord Nelson's Round the World Voyage whilst she is in South America (2014) is a 25 day Sailing Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.  The famous yachtsman and polar yacht skipper Skip Novak will be aboard to act as ice pilot. Unfortunately this voyage filled up within days of being announced.

See Europa Tall Ship Expeditions to Antarctica and South Georgia - no age limit but good health required

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.

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.

Voyages around Britain & Ireland - Try Tenacious

If youTall ship for disabled and able bodied crew 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 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.

Tall Ships Day Sails on Tenacious

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




rigging on Lord NelsonShip 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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