Tall Ships Adventures are pleased to announce that we now automatically include travel insurance within your booking costs.

We have arranged this specialist travel insurance for all crew members taking part on all Voyages aboard any vessel owned or managed by Tall Ships Ltd.

Full Policy terms and conditions can be found on our website www.tallships.org

This can be downloaded or if required please contact us and we will send you a full copy in the post.

Please read through this documentation carefully to ensure it meets with your requirements.

A brief Summary of this cover is set out below.

Main Sections of Cover:

Cancellation or CurtailmentUp to £5,000

Replacement & Re-joining Expenses Up to £3,000

Medical, Repatriation and Additional Expenses Up to £1,000,000

Personal Baggage & Money Up to £1,500

Personal Accident £25,000

Journey Continuation Up to £500

Travel Delay Up to £500

Hospital Benefit £50 per day up to a maximum £2,500

Personal Liability Up to £2,000,000 (excluding whilst involved in sailing activities)

Legal Expenses Up to £25,000

Delayed Baggage Up to £250

Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Expenses Up to £15,000

An Excess of £50 applies to some Sections - see Policy for details.

General Exclusions that apply to all Sections

It is important to be aware that Trips booked or commenced contrary to Medical Advice, contrary to health and safety regulations of airlines, to obtain medical treatment or after a terminal prognosis has been made are excluded.

This insurance also excludes certain types of claim arising from any of the following conditions in respect of an insured person

    (a) who is waiting for an operation or post operative check-up, any investigation or results, or any other hospital treatment or consultation (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage has not changed in the last 12 months.)

    (b) who has received treatment for any of the following during the 24 months prior to date of booking a trip:

a stroke, any form of cancer; leukaemia or tumour; a transplant; any heart problem; hypertension; dialysis; diabetes (not including diabetes II); any blood disorder; any breathing or respiratory problem (not including asthma, unless requiring inpatient treatment); any psychiatric illness or dementia; any gastro intestinal condition e.g. colitis, stomach ulcer; any neurological system related condition

    (c) who has been seen by a specialist in the last three months (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage remains unchanged).

You are advised to read the full policy terms and conditions (www.tallships.org or on request) which set out the full details of all exclusions and limitations

Maximum age 80 at date of travel

This Policy is underwritten by Sagicor at Lloyd's Limited (FSA reference 204947) for Lloyd's Syndicate 1206 and is administered by Sagicor Underwriting Limited.

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Home » About Us » History


We’ve been very busy over the past 55 years but here are some of the highlights…


It all began! The Tall Ships Youth Trust (then called The Sail Training Association) was founded to run Tall Ships’ races.


Sir Winston Churchill, a 37 metre schooner, was launched after a group of young people sailed across the Atlantic in a Tall Ships’ Race and were determined that Great Britain should have her own Tall Ship.


Sir Winston Churchill’s Sister ship Malcolm Miller was launched.

The In-between Years

The two Schooners gave thousands of people, young and not so young the experience of a lifetime and attracted admiring gazes in ports near and far.

March 2000

Malcolm Miller pays off after final voyage.

April 2000

Celebrations as new 60m square rigged Brig Stavros S Niarchos was named.

December 2000

Fond farewells as Sir Winston Churchill completed her final voyage.

April 2001

The long and valuable service of both Schooners is commemorated at a huge “Farewell to Schooners” Party. The second Brig’s name was announced on St. George’s Day as she sailed up the Thames. Prince William arrives in London for her first reception.


At an EGM on 1 August 2003, Members of the Sail Training Association voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new name for the charity – Tall Ships Youth Trust. It was felt that the new name would better describe the charity’s work to external audiences and help the Trustees to raise more charitable funds as a result.


To diversify and expand our work with young people, attract a new audience and improve financial stability, the Trust decided to sell Prince William and buy four 22m round the world yachts – the Challenger Fleet.


A very generous benefactor donates the Tall Ships Cat, a 62ft Catamaran, to the Trust. This enables the Trust to reduce its lower age limit to 12 years old and offer more opportunities for disabled young people and adults to come sailing.


A new addition to the Tall Ships fleet, Tenacity of Bolton is gifted by Bolton School. The Tall Ships Ketch is a 60ft vessel and provides the perfect sail training environment for young people.


The aims of the charity remain the same today as they always have – to enable the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean-going vessels. The Trust’s fleet, Stavros S Niarchos, the Challenger Fleet,  the Tall Ships Cat and the Tall Ships Ketch sail all year round and there is a broad choice of voyages available to anyone aged 12-80. From day sails to long weekends and two week voyages, there’s something for everyone.

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