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Caribbean to the UK, Transatlantic Crossing via Bermuda and the Azores on a Tall Ship

Experience real ocean sailing with Tenacious on her Atlantic crossing from the Caribbean to her home port of Southampton with potential stops in Bermuda and the Azores. 

Embark
Mon, 28-05-2018 - 16:00
Antigua
Disembark
Fri, 06-07-2018 - 13:00
Southampton
Duration
46 Days
Vessel
Tenacious
Voyage No.
TNS506

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 2,960 GBP. BOOK NOW
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Tenacious - Atlantic Crossing - Antigua to Southampton

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This is a true "Bucket List" square rig ocean passage for those wishing to cross the Atlantic on a square rigged tall ship. Take on the challenge of a life time and join Tall ship Tenacious in Antigua. Get into the rhythm of an ocean passage, take part in a watch system, climb the rigging, help stow the sails and keep the ship sailing for 24 hours a day. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Atlantic Crossing on a Tall Ship
  • Take part in a Watch System 
  • Climb the rigging
  • Gap year or career break at sea
  • Learn new skills
  • True blue sea sailing
  • Stop in Bermuda 
  • Visit the Azores
Tenacious from aloft

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Get a taste of life at sea on the fabulous ship Tenacious. After a couple of days in Antigua to explore and to train for the voyage, Tenacious will depart Antigua with the realistic hope of some brilliant true blue sea sailing.

With stops planned along the way in Bermuda, as the ending of the Caribbean sojourn before the first long ocean traverse to the Azores, famous for dramatic landscapes and whale watching. After a short break Tenacious will turn her bow for home to meet Lord Nelson in the Solent, who will be waiting to provide a proper welcome home after her long absence from British Waters.

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

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.

Tenacious under sail with sunset

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. 

All Hands on Deck & Quieter Moments

During this ocean passage, 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.

Tenacious Bow Shot

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

It is likely that you will sail north from Bermuda until you find the Gulf Stream, this will help give the push Tenacious will need with expected winds from the west. The crossing to the Azores is likely to be quick and whilst at sea, you will begin to contemplate the extensiveness of the ocean. The long ocean swell and beautiful skies never get dull!

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 authorities in the places we visit. For ocean voyages in particular there are no guarantees 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.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Tenacious has been 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 586 ton sailing ship. (see vessel details for more on her special facilities for the disabled).

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs and rubber boots

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Antigua, Caribbean

Latest port updates

Classic Sailing vessels generally use either Falmouth Harbour or English Harbour in Antigua for crew changes. Both harbours are in the SW of the island and virtually next door to each other. The ships operators will send your joining details once they have a berth confirmed by the harbour authorities, but both locations are a great place to start or finish your sailing holiday.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Antigua is well served by airlines, as Antigua is one of the main islands for people to arrive and depart the Caribbean.

British Airways offer a direct flight from London, or they share with American Airlines, but this may mean going through US Customs on arrival in the US. The airport is called St. Johns and the code is ANU.

VC Bird International Airport

(ANU;462-0358) is about 5 miles from St John’s center. It has an ATM, a bureau de change 
(7am-7pm Mon-Fri), a dozen car-rental companies and a post office. For those departing, it has a rudimentary café, a minute bookstore and wi-fi once you’re past security. 

St. Johns airport is on the on the north side of the island, and English and Falmouth Harbour are on the southwest, but the island is not big!Antigua has a privately owned system of buses and mini-vans, or alternatively a taxi ride will get you to the harbour. The taxi fares are regulated by the Government, but double check with the driver before accepting a ride. Number plates on Antigua taxis start with an 'H'.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public Facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Southampton, UK

Latest port updates

There are a number of locations in Southampton where a tall ship may dock, it depends largely on where they can find space for a 60m sailing ship. The ships operators will inform crew of the exact location shortly before your voyage. 

Tenacious or Lord Nelson are often allocated dock gate 10 or 4 (10 is near the cruise ship departures near the station. Dock gate 4 is near Ocean Village end of the docks). Dock gate 10 is within walking distance from Southampton Train station if you are travelling with a rucksack or light load, but the walk within the dock complex can be 10-15 mins so you may perfer a taxi.

Dock gate 10 is in the Western Docks and our ships often use berth 104 (known as the fruit shed) which is between the City Cruises and Mayflower Cruise terminal Aerial map of dock gate 10

Dock gate 4 is just off Town Quay in the Eastern Docks about half a mile to East, and gives access to QE2 Cruise Ternimal. 

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The M3 from London links to the M27, and the rest of the motorway network, making it very accessible for London and the South. There are many car parks once you arrive where you can leave your car for a day or longer. National Express also offer a wide network to and from Southampton.

There are many websites offering long stay parking for cruise ship customers sailing from the docks. Most have a shuttle service to the ship.

You may find cheaper long stay parking in the normal city council car parks.

Rail & transfers

 Southampton is 75 mins from Waterloo, and the railway network has a number of direct routes from Southampton, linking it to the rest of the Uk. The best prices for tickets are found if you book at least a month in advance.

Air & transfers

Southampton Airport is located on the outskirts of Southampton, with its own dedicated rail station. From here you can fly to and from many Uk and European destinations. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Tenacious

Tenacious was the first wooden tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. Not only does she take a mixed ability crew, many disabled volunteers help in the building of 'Big Woody.' She is the biggest sail training ship in the UK tall ship fleet, and her thorough crew training is a great square rig introduction for beginners. With a repertoire of voyages from Southampton day sails to Southern Ocean roller coaster rides, Tenacious can fit the tall ship dreams of all ages and abilities.

Statistics
  • Length overall: 213ft (65 m)
  • Length on deck: 177ft /54.00m
  • Year built: 2000
  • Vessel type/rig: Barque 

 

  • Guest berths: 40
  • Crew berths: 7 plus experienced volunteers

 

 

OUR EXPERT VIEW: What Tenacious Does Best

Purpose Designed Ship to Allow All Abilities to Sail

Imagine trying to balance the adventurous spirits of a female soldier who has lost a leg, with a romantic 70 year old who has always wanted to sail a tall ship, but life got in the way. The Tenacious and her smaller sister ship Lord Nelson have taken over 37,000 mixed crews of able bodied and disabled crews on sailing voyages since they were built. The ship's design and the way the social and professional crew who run the ship, means the whole experience is very well thought out and inclusive.

This 65 metre wooden sailing ship has wide decks and lifts between floors for wheelchair users and flush flooring across watertight bulkheads. There is an audio compass, hydraulic assisted ships wheel, bunks with vibrating pads and brail signs for blind sailors, a bowsprit runway so all can enjoy the thrill of seeing dolphins dancing in the bow wave. 

Tenacious is a 65 metre barque - built to take disabled and able bodied crews
Photo by www.tallshipstock.com

Southern Hemisphere Ambassador

When she was launched in 2000, Tenacious was the largest wooden sailing ship to be built in the UK for 100 years, and what is even more remarkable is that disabled and able bodied volunteers helped to build her. Her huge frames are laminated wood and you can nestle between varnished timbers as you read a book in the ships bar.

Following in Lord Nelson's (fondly known as Nellie)successful footsteps, Tenacious has been carrying the message around the world that disabled crews can become square rig sailors. Based in Australia and exploring New Zealand and the South Pacific Tenacious is returning to Europe from New Zealand via Cape Horn, The Falklands, South Georgia, Cape Town and the Caribbean.

Tenacious is visiting the sub antarctic island of South Georgia in 2018
Tenacious is visiting the sub antarctic island of South Georgia in 2018

 

Voyages Giving Hope, Understanding and Inspiration

The Buddy system where an able bodied crew is teamed up with a 'disabled' crew member is only part of the story on Tenacious. It helps cut the ice when you all arrive as strangers, but it is not a 'forced marriage.' Quite often the crew member with the disability has sailed the ship several times and they might be looking after you. 

These are great voyages for disabled and able bodied alike. If you are in a rut or confidence crisis after an accident or limiting injury, then signing up to go sailing on a tall ship will take huge courage and will hopefully give you fresh hope and inspiration.  Or perhaps you are wishing to spend your holiday entitlement in doing something worthwhile coupled with experiencing a unique adventure yourself, then be prepared to be humbled by other peoples determination.

Tenacious Tall Ship has a specially adapted bowsprit so wheel chair users can commune with the dolphins
A bowsprit for everyone - a wheelchair ramp and conventional netting

What to Expect

wheelchair sailors in action on Lord Nelson

Sailing Style

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.

Full Participation Sail Training Ship

To keep LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS manned 24 hours a day, voyage crew are divided into four watches. The Mate will explain the watch keeping system and the ship’s routine. Watch keeping means steering, keeping lookout, handling sails etc. under the supervision of your Watch leader 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, if it needs more than one watch. There is usually a happy hour to clean the ship each morning. You may be asked to be a 'messman' for a day to help bring food to the saloon tables or help with the galley. It depends a bit on the length of the voyage how often this comes around on a rota. In port and at anchor there is still a duty watch, but generally only 2 people are needed per hour to check the ship is safe.

Life on Board

On Board Tenacious & Lord Nelson they 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. Lord Nelson and Tenacious are run by a British Charity, Classic Sailing are an independent tall ship specialist so if you are apprehensive about your role on board as a buddy, or want to know if you can join other tall ships with a disability, then do give us a ring on 01872 580022.

Climbing the futtock shrouds on Tenacious

 

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.

All ages of sailor and newcomer to sailing try a tall ship voyage, but be warned you may be hooked for life. Injured members of the British Armed Forces often have to re build their lives in civillian street and an increasing number of disabled servicemen and women are sailing on Lord Nelson and Tenacious.

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.

The ocean can't tell the differenct between a disabled or able bodied person. Photo by Claire Cheskin in her wheelchair!
The ocean can't tell the differenct between a disabled or able bodied person. Photo by Claire Cheskin in her wheelchair!

 

Tenacious has a upper and lower deck.
The decks on Tenacious are wide and safe.

Tenacious’s Accommodation & Special Facilities

Tenacious has been built with many special facilities to enable physically disabled crew to work alongside their able-bodied shipmates, without taking away the element of challenge.

Below decks Tenacious has two decks, one called the upper and the second called the lower with lifts to take anyone down below.

Upper Deck

On the upper deck there is a large and comfortable messroom where you will all gather to eat, talk and socialise together. There is a large messroom, fully equipped galley, workshop, library and a well-stocked bar. As Tenacious is a very sociable ship and the bar is often a focal point for events in port. Alcoholic drinks are available at sea unless you are on watch or about to go and handle sails or climb the rigging! Only tea or coffee with the occasional cake will be available for those needed on deck.

The large mess room is where your meals will be served and for socialising with your fellow crewmates. Here you can catch up with news, regale stories or just chill out and read a book.

Lower Deck

On the lower deck you will find the sleeping accommodation where there are bunks in the fo’c’sle (area in front of the ship) for the majority of the crew, and eight cabins amidships (middle of the ship) for wheelchair users and their buddies. Bathrooms on board have specifically designed toilets and showers for those with more severe disabilities.

Accommodation below has heating and air conditioning. There are hot showers, points for electric shavers, toothbrushes and hair driers.

Specific built-in features include:

  • Wide, flat decks with lifts between them.
  • Fully adjustable helmsman’s seat, which is fitted with a seat belt.
  • For visually impaired voyage crew Tenacious is fitted with an audio compass, guidance track around most of the upper deck to keep you central and tactile strips at the tops of the companionways (stairs). There are also arrows on the handrails pointing toward the bow (front of the ship)>
  • Bright track radar screen.
  • For deaf and hearing impaired berths are fitted with vibrator pads connected to the alarm bells and alarm light circuit and induction loops.
Tenacious below deck
Tenacious below deck


On deck

Tenacious has been designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. In practical terms this means wide decks and large platforms. The bowsprit has a specially designed walkway so that everyone can enjoy that spell binding moment when the dolphins come to play in the bow wave or if you just want to get that classic shot of a square rigger under full sail.

So that everyone can go ashore for beach barbeque’s and explore remote locations Tenacious has small ships boats with metal floors so that everyone has a stable footing and wheelchairs are secure. In the larger ports the ships gangways can cope with most waterfronts but with the expert crew on board any problems with access with wheelchairs is overcome promptly and smoothly.

Tenacious is the biggest tall ship in the Classic Sailing fleet
Tenacious is the biggest tall ship in the Classic Sailing fleet

 

Tenacious Specifications
Tenacious Specifications

Tenacious Specifications

Length Overall: 213ft (65m)
Length on deck: 177ft 1986
Built: 2000
Beam 10.6 m
Sails: 1,217 m squ (13,100 sq ft)
714 tons
Vessel type/rig: Three masted Barque
Guest berths: 40
Crew berths: 7 plus volunteers
Sail area 1024 sq m
Maximum of 8 wheelchair users per voyage

Communications

Satellite phone (emergencies only)
Sat C
SSB and VHF readio

Safety 

UK MCA Code of Practice for worldwide operations. 

Tenacious is a 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.

This impressive 65m (213ft) barque with square sails was launched in 2000 and was the largest wooden tall ship to be built in the UK for over 100 years. Her whole build process was amazing as disabled and able bodied volunteers helped to build her, so she is greatly loved by her guest crews and supporters.

With her unique design, wide decks, large platforms aloft, a wheelchair ‘runway’ out on the bowsprit and a whole host of design features enabling everyone to do their bit to sail an impressive 714 ton square rigger with 21 sails.

Tenacious’s only break with tradition are the t’gallant and royal sails which can be furled from the deck with the upper and lower topsails and courses stowed out on the foot ropes.

HANDING SAIL
When, for example, a topsail is handed, the yard is lowered until it is hanging in its lifts, which will then be taut. The clewlines and buntlines haul the sail up to the yard and the sheets, which pull in the opposite direction, must be released. Then to stow the sail it is fastened tightly along the top of the yard by short ropes called gaskets.

SETTING SAIL
To set the sail, the gaskets are cast off, the sail pushed off the yard and all clewlines and buntlines released. The sheets are then hauled, bringing the clews down to the yard below. The halyard is then hauled, raising the yard up on the mast. The yard can also be swung from side to side by means of ropes called braces.

Tenacious Ships Specifications
Tenacious Ships Specifications

 

Tenacious - Meet the Captains

Captain Barbara Campbell on the bridge

A British Charity runs both Tenacious and Lord Nelson. Their vastly experienced Captains take it in turns to do a stint on either ship. The other professional crew on board are: First Mate, Second Mate, Bosun, Engineer, cook. They are ably assisted by volunteer watch leaders, deckhands, cooks mates, assistant engineers and medical purser.

Captain Barbara Campbell

Captain Barbara is lengendary. Both Adam and Debbie Purser in the Classic Sailing office have sailed many miles with her as watch leaders and voluntary watch officers and she has always encouraged our careers before and after we set up Classic Sailing. A tiny lady with a big personality and a kind heart, Barbera Campbell is also a tough cookie.  When I first met her she was the first female tall ship captain I have ever sailed with, and the first to eat healthy stuff like yoghurt, go snorkelling with the guest crew and keep fit ashore by running and mountain walking.  This might not sound like a big thing...but running a modern Class A sail training ship does not allow much down time ashore.  Barbera has threatened to retire many times but her crews love her, and she could'nt turn down the chance to sail around the world on Nellie or Tenacious.

Captain Chris Phillips

Chris became ships master on Lord Nelson in Jan 2012 after 6 years as first and second mate. He quickly scaled up to the 720 Tenacious as Captain, but still loves to sail Nellie and his own classic yacht. Previously he was a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy for 6 years but has had a long involvement with sail training and working with young people and adults. He would be too modest to admit it but we know he speaks French, Russian, German and a bit of Spanish, so quite a handy Captain in tall ships races. Chris has his own yacht and loves hillwalking, reading and music. He has sailed with both Adam and Debbie from Classic Sailing and we are very pleased he is now Captain.

Captain Chris Phillips aloft
Captain Chris Phillips aloft

Captain Simon Catterson

Captain Simon Catterson has been with Tenacious since 2012. He has also sails Lord Nelson occasionally. Simon began sailing in the early 80s, in Morgan Giles 43s and a Robert Clark 72’ ketch before joining the RN. Whilst at BRNC, he spent most of his sailing time skippering Contessa 38s in the Channel. On leave, he could often be found in one of the Nic 55s from Joint Services at Gosport as Mate and then Skipper around the UK and northern Europe or in the Canaries. On leaving the RN, he took a year off before joining Arethusa as Master in 1996, sailing in the UK, Canaries, the Baltic and to Bermuda, the US and Canada during Tall Ships 2000. In Tenacious he has been to the Black Sea with the Historical Seas Regatta, the Caribbean for the winter and sailed Tenacious across the Pacific and around Australia.

Captain of Tenacious Simon Catterson
Captain of Tenacious Simon Catterson

Captain Darren Naggs

Probably the most piratical of the Captains on Lord Nelson and Tenacious, Darren has worked his way up to ships master from bosun.  A fierce participant at historical battle re-enactments, he is probably not the person to take on in a sword fight....or a fancy dress competition. Darren has also been Captain of tall ships Soren Larsen, Prince William, Stavros S Niarchos and Pelican of London. His early traditional sailing career was given a boost by Classic Boat Magazine who awarded him a sponsored place on at a professional boat building school.

 

Paralympic medalist and presenter Ade Adepitan with Captain Darren Naggs
Paralympic medalist and presenter Ade Adepitan with Captain Darren Naggs

 

Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Tenacious

the cooks team on Tenacious

Tenacious & Lord Nelson Kit List

 


Included

 

  • • All bedding
  • • Heavy duty wet weather gear and boots
  • • Harnesses
  • All meals and soft drinks throughout the voyage

What is not included


Travel to and from the start and end port
Alcoholic Beverages
Towels - You will need to bring your own towels (including one for swimming if you plan to swim)


 
What to bring 

Please keep personal gear to a minimum as there is very limited stowage space.

Clothing - What to wear
It can be noticeably cooler at sea than on land, especially at night. So come prepared. Also, please bring enough clothing for the duration of the voyage as we are not able to do personal washing for you, except on ocean passage voyages.

Shoes - Soft soled shoes – deck shoes or trainers. In warm weather, sandals are fine, but not flip-flops.
Gloves - You will be handling ropes so sailing or other non-slip gloves will be useful.
UK AND EUROPE SUMMER VOYAGES/ CANARIES
Fleece/warm sweater, sweat shirts, warm hat
Jeans/Trousers (+a pair for mess duty)
Shorts, T Shirts
Shower proof jacket/sailing jacket
Sun Hat, Sun Screen
Swimming costume

You may want to bring some warmer clothes in early/late season

CARIBBEAN VOYAGES
Thin fleece/light sweater
Shorts, T Shirts, Tops
Sun hat
Thin trousers and long sleeve shirts/blouses (in case of sunburn)
Long trousers plus closed front shoes for mess duty
Swimming costume
High factor sun screen, mosquito repellent
Thin shower proof jacket

On voyages from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, you may require a few
items of warmer clothing at the start.
PASSAGE VOYAGES (e.g.UK-CANARIES, CANARIES-UK, BERMUDA-UK)
These voyages are in the spring and autumn so the weather can be cold.

Fleece/warm sweaters
Sweatshirts/light sweaters
Jeans, Trousers (you will need long trousers for mess duty)
Warm hat, scarf, gloves
Long Johns, vests, T shirts
Socks
Warm shower proof jacket/sailing jacket

Remember that several thinner layers are warmer than one thick one!

PLEASE NOTE
Flip-flops are not considered suitable footwear on board ship, though sandals may be appropriate in hot weather.

Paperwork
• Passport (Even voyages with UK departure and arrival ports usually call into at least one foreign port during a voyage)
• Joining Instructions from JST Head Office (please leave a copy with your next of kin)
•Insurance Policy
•Your return air ticket if you are joining or leaving the ship outside the UK. (Antigua will not allow you into the country without an air ticket out or proof of your means of departure. Your joining instructions are your proof.)
•RYA Log book (if you have one)
•Duke of Edinburgh Record Book, if you are taking part at the Gold Award level only.

Medicines - Medical Supplies and aids.
• You must bring enough to last the duration of your voyage and your journey. If you are flying to join the ship we suggest you pack your medicines in your hand baggage – but please check current airport security regulations.
• Earplugs/Eye mask
• If you think your sleep might be disturbed by the noise of the generator engine or lights.
• Spectacles/ Sunglasses with a cord to keep them safe.

Toiletries
• Enough for the whole voyage.
• High factor sun cream
• Mosquito repellent.

There are 240v sockets for razors and hairdryers

Money
• Sterling – to use in the bar for drinks, crisps, chocolate and to buy souvenirs in the shop (including JST clothing etc.)
• UK Voyages usually call into a European port so you will need Euros
•Canary Island Voyages – Euros
•Caribbean Voyages – US$, East Caribbean $ and Euros (many of the
Caribbean Islands are French)
•For countries outside the EU – local currency
•On leaving the Caribbean you may be charged $50EC departure tax
at the airport.
•On board we only accept Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards although
we would prefer cheques (sterling only)
•We DO NOT accept: debit cards, Solo or Maestro on board

DO NOT BRING
• Valuables – we do not have any lockable spaces on board.
• Suitcases or rigid bags – your personal possessions must be brought in soft bags for ease of stowing.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

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