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Tall Ship Tenacious

Tall Ship Tenacious

This impressive 65m barque was launched in 2000 she was the largest wooden tall ship to be built in the UK for over 100 years. Her whole build process was unique and disabled and able bodied volunteers helped to build her, so she is greatly loved by her guest crews and supporters.

Unique British Design

Tenacious (and her smaller sister ship Lord Nelson) are the only two of their kind in the world that have been 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 586 ton sailing ship. (more details on her special facilities for the disabled).

Tenacious Voyage Schedule - descriptions, dates & prices

Tenacious World Legs - Caribbean - Pacific - Australia

Tenacious - Vessel Brochure

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 Tenacious 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 Tenacious

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.)

See the Crew Handbook for advice for first timers on how to help your buddy so you both get the most out of the holiday.

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 Tenacious voyage is also an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential programme.

Tenacious – Where the Ship Sails

Tenacious is currently in the Southern Hemisphere on her travels, and after crossing the Pacific she will be based in Melbourne Australia until 2017. There are day sails for all the family (children from the age of 12 can join in). A wide range of short tall ship tasters (3-5 day voyages) which make great gift presents or longer adventures with plenty of sea miles and ports and anchorages to discover.

Tenacious Sailing Schedule in Australia - dates and prices

Tall Ship Day Sails In Australia

Tenacious is the largest wooden tall ship built in Britain for 100 years.  This impressive three masted barque is everything you would want from a tall ship day sail.....but she is a long way from home at the moment. If you are in Australia she has day sails in Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Adelaide.

Towering masts to climb with 5 square sails on main and foremast and a total of 21 sails to set as your team challenge for the day. The oldest day sail guest crew so far has been 99 years old and you can take children from the age of 12 upwards.  You can book them as a present for a friend or relative or buy them a gift voucher.

Tenacious Day Sail Schedule - ports, dates & prices

New Southern Hemisphere Base

Her destination for mid summer 2016 is Sydney, Australia and then South to Melbourne.  Her sister ship Lord Nelson spent several months in Australia on her world voyage in 2012-14 and discovered there was huge potential in the Southern Hemisphere to provide tall ship sailing to disabled crews on this specially designed ship. We are not sure if Tenacious will be in Australia for good, but she remains owned and operated by her current British Sail Training Charity.  What it does mean is Australians and New Zealanders have an ocean rated 65m barque on their doorstep, and potential sailors from around the world can head down under for some amazing sailing.

Ship Specification - Tenacious

Built 2000
Designer Tony Castro
Hull wood
length on deck 54m
length overall 65m
beam 10.6m
masthead height 37.6m
gross tonnage 586 ton
rig barque
21 sails 1217 sq ft
guest crew 38-40
ships crew 8












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 accomodation & Facilities page.

How to sail this Square Rigger - Crew Handbook

For thoses who want to stay ahead of the game - see our page dedicated to sailing terms, pin rail diagrams, watch systems and ship routines.

Crew Handbook

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 Mediterranean voyages. If you are still not sure ring us at Classic Sailing as all our staff are well travelled skippers.

Captain Profiles & Crew 

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. 

'The Big Woody' - Built by Volunteers  

Learn more about the design and construction of this amazing ship. The Big Build Page




"Once again my son could show with pride his photographs to his work colleagues and they can be amazed that someone they regard as so limited can do something more exciting than they do. It makes him feel normal rather than an outsider." 

Sheila (LN686)

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