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25 % Off! Cape Town to The Caribbean - Trade Winds, Equator Crossing and Islands

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
TNS505 Tenacious Cape Town, South Africa English Harbour, Antigua
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 46 Days
09/04/2018 - 16:00 to 24/05/2018 - 10:00
09/04/2018 - 16:00 to 24/05/2018 - 10:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Limited places - Book Now GBP £3910.00 GBP £2932.50
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A true ‘bucket list’ square rig ocean passage

Tenacious is heading home from Cape Town to the UK via the Caribbean as the she nears the end of an epic ocean legs that have taken her crews half way around the world.

Get a mighty taste of blue water ocean sailing on three masted barque Tenacious! After a couple of days exploring Cape Town and square rig and safety training for the voyage, Tenacious will depart the Cape Town with the realistic hope of some brilliant trade wind sailing.

There are loads of exciting potential stops on the way including St Helena, famous as Napoleon’s last place of exile, Ascension Island, which was declared a Marine Reserve earlier this year with its own unique frigate bird and Fernando De Noronha.

The Caribbean has many wonderful islands on the way to Antigua. Which ones you visit will depend on how the fast the voyage has gone and where the winds have lead you. Barbados is always a very pleasant stop but it could be Tobago, St Vincent and many more options.

Fernando de Noronha with a population of just over 2,000 will be the most populated place that you may visit after leaving Cape Town until Tenacious’ arrival in the Caribbean. It is a world heritage site because of its importance to the environment and is famous for the abundance of its marine life particularly its turtles, dolphins and whales. If the winds hold true and fair, it is expected to have time to visit one or two Caribbean islands before arrival at Antigua.

Book your voyage on Tenacious today and join the crew of this iconic, ground-breaking tall ship. Tenacious is the largest operative wooden hulled ship in the world and turns heads wherever she sails. She was built by 1,500 mixed physical ability volunteers and includes special features not found on other ships (including wheelchair lifts, a speaking compass, and a joystick to enable everyone to helm the ship) which make her fully accessible and fully inclusive for everyone onboard.

Your voyage will be a working adventure holiday and everyone onboard is encouraged and enabled to take a full and active role in crewing the ship (including everything from setting the sails, climbing the mast, helming the ship and lending a hand in the galley). You will be part of a crew that changes lives – integrating between different physical abilities, generations and backgrounds.

This is not an Itinerary - Weather and Unforseen Events

All our voyages have no fixed itinerary, which given the unpredictability of the weather, especially the wind, is the best way to go sailing. The joining ports and leaving ports, and possible stops mentioned in our voyage descriptions or other promotional material are not a guarenteed itinerary, just an indication of the intended route. On occasion it maybe necessary to change a route, sometimes at short notice, sometimes before departure and sometimes after you have set off.  The weather, sea state and wind are the most frequent reason but other factors may also need to be considered, including the safety of the crew, the ship or out of compliance with authories in the places we visit. For ocean voyages in particular there are no guarentees that we can stop or land on some of the remote islands on our wish list. Captain's try to use weather systems to advantage,  and the fastest or safest route is not always a straight line. Even in the middle of an ocean its not just weather or swell than can disrupt our routes. Helping with a rescue at sea, crew illnesses or injuries can all lead to changes to an intended route. Joining or end ports are hardly ever changed but where they are, as much notice as possible will be given and ways sought to alleviate onward travel problems.


All Hands on Deck & Quieter Moments

During the sea passage from Australia the ship is sailing 24 hours a day and as voyage crew you will stand deck watches and work within a normal 4 hours on/ 8 hours off watch system. This rotates during the course of the voyage to allow everyone to be on deck during different parts of the day. While on watch the voyage crew are under the care and instruction of the watch officer and two other permanent crew; everyone stands a trick on the helm, take lookout on bow watch, helps fill in the ship’s deck log and help handle sail as required. The watches on deck will have to work the brigantine rig to best advantage to make the most of the changeable weather.

On the longer sea passage there’s time for talks about basic navigation, seamanship theory, rope work, history and development of square rigged ships. The timeless routines of the sea and unique beauty and grandeur of the ocean can only really be appreciated by those who have undertaken a blue water passage several days out from land.

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 tantilising 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. 

Able bodied & disabled crews sailing as equals 

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, and 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.

PDF Crew Handbook - everything you need to know about life on board - 12 pages




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