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Limited time offer: 25% off! Big Ocean Passage - Ocean Sailing from the Azores back home to Southampton, UK on a Tall Ship

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
LN945 Lord Nelson Ponta Delgada, Azores Southampton
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 18 Days
27/03/2018 - 16:00 to 13/04/2018 - 13:00
27/03/2018 - 16:00 to 13/04/2018 - 13:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Limited places - Book Now GBP £1370.00 GBP £1027.50
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Limited Time Offer! Save 25% on this Ocean Passage Sailing from the Azores to the UK on Lord Nelson

The first four bookings will receive 25% off*

Lord Nelson - Sail the Ocean Blue

An 18 day ocean passage that doesn't require you to give up the day job, with over 1000 miles for your log book. The weather you will experience will vary from blue sea and flying fish jumping between wave crests - to more challenging sailing as you reach the path depressions and Westerly wind belt. So pack your shorts and your rough weather gear and lots of layers. Be prepared for ocean swells, water across the deck, night sailing with absolutely no light pollution, and days without sighting another ship.

Azores - Staging post for sailors for centuries

Discovered in the 15th century by navigators en route to the New World, the Portuguese islands of the Azores are an archipelago of nine beautiful islands set in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 1,400 km from Portugal's capital city, Lisbon and 3,900 km from the east coast of North America.

The picturesque capital city of Ponta Delgada, which is situated to the west of the island of Sao Miguel, has both character and amenities as well as historical buildings and narrow cobbled streets. Just a short drive away the town of Sete Cidades is well worth visiting for its extinct volcano crater within which there are two lakes that are emerald green and dark blue in colour

 In the 19th Century sailing cargo ships would have used the Azores as a staging post to cross the Atlantic, and even today the group of nine islands provide the last taste of land for round the world yacht sailors before setting off on the next stage of their journey. Many crews have painted an image of their vessel on the harbour wall as a good luck charm, so if you are a bit of an artist perhaps you can add the Lord Nelson to the wall of fame.'

The Azores community used to hunt whales in tiny open boats with harpoons but they now see the value to whale watching, and there are many cetacean research vessels that study the whales and dolphins off the Azores.


Sailing across the Atlantic on a Tall Ship

Even on a three masted sailing ship there will be times when Lord Nelson will feel a very small vessel. There will be days when you may not see another vessel or sign of modern life –but as you near Europe you enter the Wester Approaches where you will begin to see other ships and fishing vessels.

Look out for the world’s ocean wildlife – seabirds like gannets and storm petrels, Whales and large schools of dolphins.


Harness the Power 

Sailing on Tall Ship Lord Nelson

All those miles you are being powered along by the wind that you have personally set the sails to catch. 


Rhythm of Ocean Sailing 

To keep LORD NELSON manned 24 hours a day, voyage crew are divided into four watches called Forward Port (FP), Forward Starboard (FS), Aft Port (AP) and Aft Starboard (AS). The Mate will explain the watchkeeping system and the ship’s routine. Watchkeeping means steering, keeping lookout, handling sails etc. under the supervision of your Watchleader and one of the ship’s Permanent Crew. When you are not “on watch” you may be asked to help the watch on deck with setting and trimming sails.

Each watch ideally comprises 10 people:
One Watchleader who is someone who has previously sailed on board LORD NELSON  and has been recommended by the permanent crew for this role. Voyage Crew Up to 9 people of all ages and physical abilities.

Night Sailing

Crossing an ocean requires sailing through the night, sometimes under stars so bright you feel you could read a book, or moonlight casting a shadow version of your sailing ship on the silvery sea alongside.  You may be on watch from 4am to 8am one night with the tantalising smell of bacon to welcome you off watch, and the next night it will be midnight until 4am. Curling up for a snooze in the afternoon will seem quite natural after a while.

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Able bodied & disabled crews sailing as equals 

Sailing on Tall Ship Lord Nelson

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. (see vessel details for more on her special facilities for the disabled).

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 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.

Sailing on Tall Ship Lord Nelson


**For new bookings only and offer can be withdrawn at any time. 


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