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Tenacious Day Sail

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
TNSDS10 Tenacious Poole, UK Poole, UK
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £10.00 24/06/2012 -
08:30 to 17:30
24/06/2012 -
08:30 to 17:30
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Fully booked GBP £135.00 n/a
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Tenacious - Tall Ship Day Sail

A brilliant chance to try sailing on a Tall Ship and a perfect gift or present at a sensible price.

There are never many day sails per year so book early to avoid disappointment.

Classic Sailing also sell gift vouchers which can be used on any vessel we promote (3 year expiry date for gift vouchers). Our main ships for Day Sails in the UK are Lord Nelson, Tenacious, Stavros S Niarchos and occasionally Bessie Ellen, Agnes and Eve of St Mawes.

Anyone Can Sail from aged 12 to 98+

The beauty of the Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious is that they are big impressive square riggers so there is plenty of hearty pulling and masts to climb, but the ships wheel is power assisted and a lot of thought has gone into the design to allow all physical abilities to join in and contribute to sailing the ship and move around the ship independently.

Children as young as 12 can come with a parent or guardian and their is no upper age limit with the oldest crew member so far being 98 !  This is great if you have already sailed on the ship and you want to show your friends and family what it is like aboard.  It is also a good opportuntity for those with a disability to trial a day sail before they try a longer trip. 

A Typical Day Sail

Our day sails start early so you can make the most of the day. Joining times are between 0830 and 0845hrs in 2012 and typically end around 1700hrs.

There is a welcome and intensive training session before the ship departs. The training carries on in a very practical way as you learn to brace the yards, set square sails and fore and aft sails.  The ships crew will endeavour to give as many people as possible a chance to steer the ship.

The day sail includes all meals on board.

Sailing on the largest working UK tall ship - Tenacious

Climbing the masts to work the square sails is the essence of tall ship sailing - but it is not complusory. There aren’t many adrenalin buzzes in the world to beat stowing a sail 100ft above the white capped sea as you stand there balanced on a single foot rope.

We regret that in the short timescale of a day sail it is not possible to do assisted climbs for those with a sight limitation or wheel chair user hoists, but we can explain how it is done on the longer trips.

On Deck - No Experience needed

At deck level the challenge is to make sense of the myriad of ropes than run down to belaying pins all around the tall ship, you won't be expected to understand it all on a day sail.

The decks are wide enough to move around in a wheel chair and their are handrails fo those not so steady on their feet. There are lifts to different deck levels as well as steps.

Just get stuck in and pull away on those ropes and enjoy the sight of those sails propelling you through the water. As part of a team you could be hauling on a halliard that hoists a huge yard up the mast so that the sail can be set. It may be an upper topsail, the main course or you may be alone finding the right buntlines to loosen for someone working high above you.

Tall Ship Rig

The ship’s rig is fairly authentic, although the royal and t'gallant sails are roller reefed from the deck.  There are no winches, no windlass for the sails and so it takes a lot of physical effort and large numbers of people working together to set all the sails. Manoeuvring a tall ship is not simple under sail and there is huge amount of work to be done when you tack or wear ship. It all takes genuine teamwork, not a cliché in a management training manual.

If you come back for a full voyage your day sail experience will stand you in good stead.

The sense of satisfaction and pride in your ship is a common but wonderful feature of tall ship sailing.

A tall ship voyage is not just for young and agile as these ships are built for those who believe in human power and seek to enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the old ways.

Crew Handbook

If you want to swot up on your nautical terms and learn more about the sail names and proceedures on board then have a look at the crew handbook which has sail plan drawings and pin rail diagrams so you can learn the rope positions (It is easiest to learn by doing though)

Tenacious Crew Handbook PDF

First Tall Ship built for disabled and able bodied crew

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. 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).

Bone in her teeth - Lord Nelson by Max Mudie


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




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