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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XF140414 – Challenger 4

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 3

During day 2 we met a couple of friends from Challenger 3, they were really nice to talk to and taught us their accent!

Day 3 we had to get up really early to let Challenger 3 out because another ship was coming into port, before that some of the members of our Crew decided they wanted to do a bit of shopping around Poole to buy souvenirs for their family and friends.

We said bye to our friends and hoped to see them again during the voyage. After letting the ship out we decided to try out different activities like racing the different groups in the dingy which everyone enjoyed! We were all very competitive!

Afterwards, we decided to have a tea break before setting the boat up ready to sail back to Cowes. This took 9 and a half hours to finally settle down on the boat.

During the sail some of the crew members: Me, Ellie, Chloe, Frankie, Jordan and Jack had ago at stirring the wheel of the boat and sailing it. We did activities such as tacking to change direction of the boat to make it easier for the boat to travel back to port.

We got to the port at approximately 9 o clock, however, we then had to pack the boat up, which includes taking the sails down, packing them up and moving the boom back. This is a lot of hard work. By the time we had done this, it was half past 9. We then came down from the deck and had a little bit of chill out time, lights were out at half 10, ready for another busy day tomorrow.

Written by Ellie and Carmen


Day 2

Today we went sailing and travelled from Cowes to Poole. Everyone got up at 7:30 to get ready and serve breakfast and it was Megan’s watch who did this and the bagels were delicious.

As we were sailing, we had Kieran and Ashley steer the boat past the needles, allowing us to arrive safely at Poole. Emily’s watch cooked pasties and beans, we had a choice of cheese and onion or Cornish (potato and meat). Some of us managed to keep it down.

It was a rough journey; a big wave splashed upon the yacht and got most of the girls wet. We practised man over board (MOB), with Bob Fender as the victim because he was being stupid (which you shouldn’t be).

At the bow there was Me, Shinade, Megan, Jen, Carmen trying to sit on the sail preparing to rescue Bob Fender. As we were doing this a big wave splashed over the side of the boat soaking all five of us causing me and Shinade to go under and get a dry set of clothes. We had a few sea sick people that didn’t feel too fresh!

We await the next day!

Ashley, Frankie and Jack


Day 1 – the adventure begins…

I woke up at the time of 6:10 just to start my voyage with a group of 11 other people; I was seated next toJordanfor the 6 hour journey in the mini bus (which was well driven). We played all sorts of games during the journey toPortsmouth. When we arrived at Portsmouth we had to walk a bit to the port where we met Megan and Emily were waiting at the entrance. Later on down the port we met Sue and Tom (skipper and mate). After meeting the crew, we all packed our luggage on the cock pit when it was all loaded and passed it down to the sides named port and starburst. Starburst was the boys’ team and port was the girls. We then all sat around the table.

Everyone was enjoying the view and taking pictures because of the beautiful weather, which made everyone more excited and full of energy in the trip. We were then separated into different groups to meet new people we had never spoken to, not staying in our comfort zones, meeting new people and using new skills.

We then got split into groups and toured around the boat. After that, we got put into our positions to start and set off. We then soon set off to the Isle of Wight. We put up the first sail and Shinade steered the boat.

SSN640 – Quaker Youth Voyage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 2 Tuesday 15 April

So the day started with an unavoidable feeling of uncertainty, where was I? Why did I feel so sick? A shout from the girl next to me soon reminded me.

I’m writing this from the open bridge – the sun is setting and the water around me is eerily calm and stretches out in every direction, in to the warm white of the sky. Looking up, I can see the huge beautiful mast with the sails set, a process which took most of the day and involved a duel with our survival instincts, as we had to climb half the way without being attached by our harness, up the mast and along the yard where we were clinging on for our precious lives; unpacked, repack and finally release the sails. After about ten minutes of being draped over the yard I started to feel an explainable release, suddenly I didn’t mind about the height, the gentle waves were turning me into a kind of trance like contemplating, where the only reality was in the moment that I happened to be in.

Uccella – Red watch 


Today was sailing day, where we left Liverpool and set out to sea. After breakfast of mostly porridge, we learnt our bracing stations in an emergency such as ‘man overboard’, which sounds funny but is apparently quite serious. The voyage crew (aka us) all climbed the rigging (fun fun fun)and stood on the lowest platform on the main or foremast.

Shortly after this the ship left where it was moored and we manoeuvred it into the Mersey and then to open sea. There was excitement for the first half hour and a general feeling of nausea, but it dwindled down when people got used to it.

A small portion of the Voyage Crew had a turn at helming the ship which is as you can imagine a very important job.

We were all required to climb up to the yards, which are the bits that hang of the mast to untie the sails. This was exhilarating, as we were all up really high and secured by only a clip. It was very difficult to untie the knots that held the sail in place.

Once this was done the crew worked together to pull the sails down ready to power the ship.

Scarlet – White Watch 


The day started when we were woken and told breakfast was in 20 minutes. After breakfast we were fitted into our harnesses and we climbed ‘up and over’ the rigging. Everyone completed the exercise. Then after a short break we were talked to about safety whilst we stood on a yard to untie the sails. After we climbed the rigging (all but one) again, apart from the occasional complaint about cramp, everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves. A short time later we were told to ‘brace to starboard’. Everyone knew what they had to do after all we had practiced three times previously and within minuets the ship was braced at the cost of the odd blister or two. Then it was tea which was fully appreciated by all. Onwards to Belfast!

Joe – Blue Watch


Day 1 Monday 14 April

I started off the day by meeting at the Liverpool’s Quaker Meeting House where we got given our watches and had a short Meeting for Worship. We then took a bus to the port and got our first impressions of the ship we are going to sail on. Red watch first signed on then we had a practical session of learning ropes. Then we had a go at navigating and steering the ship. At the end of the day, we did a challenge in Liverpool it was interesting and fun. We finished off the day with an Epilogue outside on the boat deck.

Mark – Red Watch


After meeting everyone at the Quaker Meeting house we got the coach to the ship. We unpacked in our dorms then had some sessions on knots, what to do in an emergency, steering and getting waterproofs. Later we had lasagne for dinner and some more sessions. It has been a really good day and it has been great to get to know the people in the same watch and I can’t wait to set sail tomorrow.

Rhiannon – White Watch


Arrived at Liverpool Meeting House and received sad news that David is broken. Wrote on some bunting our hopes for the week.

Arrived at Starvos S Niarchos by coach. Left our bags on our bunks and immediately started training. Met the people who run the ship from the captain to the cook to the engineer. Training session one – Ropes. Learnt how to pull ropes, tie ropes, coil ropes and wind ropes.

Training session two – helming. Learnt how to steer the ship, take bearings, call fro man over board and be a look out.

Signed on to the ship. Unpacked bags into boxes and tiny wardrobes. Made beds and ate dinner – good lasagne, ice cream and pineapple.

Maddie – Blue Watch

XF140413 – Challenger 3

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 2

Today was very good as we rode the waves and got to speeds of up to 12 knots o/g, which is quite fast for a boat. Then we travelled towardsPooleand some of us were seasick, when we headed into the wind. After this we had a gentle sail intoPooleharbour. There is a motorbike event in town and we got to look at all the bikes on the quayside. After dinner and a short time ashore, we finally got back to the boat and started to play monopoly which finished off a good day.

Port Watch 


Day 1

Today was fun and engaging with plenty of fun activities to do and take part in that kept us active. Apparently we have been lucky with the weather as it is not always so sunny and calm!

We have all practiced getting the sails ready and up so we could sail to the Isle of Wight. A place called West Cowes. We were given some time to look around the town after we had dinner (Fajitas). Tomorrow we are sailing to Poole, should be a longer day but it’s still meant to be sunny which is the main thing.

Port watch

CF291 – Challenger 2

Monday, April 14th, 2014 - 8 Comments »

Day 3

15th April 2014

Poole to Weymouth

Early wake up as usual at 7:30am. Then port watch made scrambled egg yumm! Starboard cleaned up the sticky mess port made, and the heads! Deck prep happened, while staring at the new Sunseekers (millionaires’ toys).

Left Poole at 10:35 set up sails and crossed the lull worth firing range, don’t worry we didn’t get hit!

Starboard prepared sandwiches and a couple of people felt sick due to the waves. Wind picked up in the afternoon so our speed considerably increased! We then kept a steady course towards Weymouth Harbour. Dropping the foresails was a wet job when waves started smashing into the boat. We motored into port and moored up for the evening. All in all an exiting day!!

Conor Gration  


Day 1

Today we join the boat and met new friends on Challenger Two.

There were eleven boys and we met the best Mate in the history of the Tall Ships Youth Trust Lindsey. We also met the volunteer Watch leaders Martin and Sam, we met the #1 skipper in the fleet Paul and we met the wonderful and glamorous Youth Mentor Denise.

First of all we went through a safety talk about what to do in a event of a Mob (man over board) and then we went on deck to get a tour on the ship of where every thing is. We then prepped the deck, got given our water proofs for the week and sorted out our bunks for the week too.

Then we set off from Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth at 4:41pm. We then set off to Cowes in the Isle of Wight and on the way to Cowes we did a running back stay race with two teams, which were Port and Starboard.

After that we prepped the deck for arrival into Cowes harbour and then we wrote this blog.

By Dan and Tom

SSN639 – Stavros S Niarchos

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 7

And so our last day has come – and we are very sad. We had a good night’s sleep and woke to find ourselves on the Mersey Bar being met by the pilot as we headed into the river Estuary. Blue Watch helmed into dock and Bethan, Peter and Isabella did a great job – Captain Roy was very impressed!

Our last day has been very busy – it’s a big ship to clean! Scrubbing, polishing, shining and washing until every last inch is gleaming and meets Rocky’s exacting standards. Then it’s time for the social climb, right to the top of the mast, and up to the Manx flag which was bravely carried up by Tim.

Lunch, group photos and waving goodbye to our lovely permanent and volunteer crew – and we’re leaving, off on the ferry back to the Isle of Man.

This has been a very special week. We came onboard as Year 9 students from 5 different secondary schools, not having met each other until 8 days ago, and here we are leaving as friends and shipmates. We have spent the week learning together, developing our skills and experiences together, and taking away new ideas and knowledge that we never expected to have.

We have had a real adventure – we’ve laughed, cried, struggled and triumphed and we are leaving as a strong group. We’re sad to say goodbye and hope to come back again; a week is just too short!

Thank you, everyone! 


Day Six – A new challenge (White watch)

Today we left Belfast and headed back out to sea. Everyone agreed that Belfast had been a good city to visit and that the council were really kind in letting us into the Titanic exhibition for free.  Most of the crew and Red watch were up really early as we left Belfast at 6am but our watch got to stay in bed a bit longer.

Today we were set a new challenge.  We had set the fore course and main and fore lower topsails before on this voyage but we hadn’t set the upper topsail.  This is a different type of yard as it needs to be lifted into position for sailing.  Rocky and Fliss told us that this requires a lot of muscle power and that is why we hadn’t set it before.  First of all some people had to climb all the way up to the yard to put the sail in its gear.  Watching them from the deck they seemed really brave as it looked a long way up.   Once they were down it was our turn to work together to try to lift the yard into place by heaving on the ropes.  It took ages!  It was very heavy and it was really tiring to heave for so long, but we did it.  It was really good to see three sails set on the same mast as before we had only ever seen two.

Tonight is another interwatch competition – the knot relay.


Day Five – Belfast (Blue Watch)

This morning blue watch took over from white watch at 4am for watch.  Meera and Fliss came to wake us at 3.30am so that we could get ready.  At 7.10am we set some sails (the fore course, the fore lower topsail and the main lower topsail).  At 9.45am we began to approachBelfastharbour.  This meant that we needed a pilot onboard to help us.  Rocky went to open up the gate on the starboard side of the ship so that the pilot could come onboard and he arrived shortly after.  Once we were near the berth, Fliss launched the RIB containing Rocky and the day workers.  This meant that they could catch our lines on the dock wall and help to tie the ship up.

Once the ship was tied up, it was time for happy hour.  This is when we clean the ship from top to bottom.  After happy hour it was time for lunch – Leek and Potato soup – yum, my favourite.

Once we tied up the ship we had lunch and then everyone started to get changed into their “shore clothes”.  This meant lots of hair straightening and skinny jeans.  The ship was tied up next to an entertainment centre and we were allowed to choose whether we wanted to go bowling, to the Science centre or to look around the centre/visit fast food places.  Most of us went bowling or bought pizza.  The council had arranged for us to go and visit the Titanic exhibition for free. Belfastis famous as it is where the Titanic was built.  We went to the exhibition in two groups.  Inside the building it was really interactive and you could see the size of the ship and lots of information about its story and how it was built.

On the way back to the ship we spotted a corner shop and lots of us took the opportunity to stock up on drinks, chocolate and sweets ready for our final night watches.  Once back onboard and after we had eaten dinner it was time for the boat race.  Red watch won the most original design and white watch won the actual races.  With only two competitions left there is only two points in it, so anyone could win.


Day Four – At Sea (Blue Watch)

Just after lunch we brought our anchor back on board the ship and left the Isle of Arran.  In the morning meeting the Captain said that our next stop would beBelfastand that we would be allowed to go on the land to look around.  This caused a lot of excitement and my watch spent the morning deciding which fast food they would most like to buy inBelfast.  We have been spending lots of money on chocolate and cans of pop from the little shop on board but all agreed that chips or Pizza in Belfast would be good.

This morning we had another inter-watch competition – the rowing race.  In our watches we had to row around the ship racing against the other watches.  Some of the crews were really bad at rowing in a straight line and some boats took forever to reach the finish line.  It was really good fun and the best bit was when the students beat the teachers in the final race of the competition.

Before we get toBelfastwe have to spend another night at sea.  Some of us are a bit worried that we might become sea sick again but we have all taken our tablets and hope that it won’t be as rough as last time.  Night watches are hard but they can also be fun.  Our boxes of watch biscuits keep us going through the night and we know that we can go on land tomorrow.

We are also preparing for our next interwatch competition, the boat race.  This is different to the rowing race as instead of racing real boats, each watch has been given a little wooden boat to decorate before racing them tomorrow night.  Points will be given for the originality of the design – my watch is doing a bowl of fish, chips and peas.


Day Three – The Isle of Arran (Red Watch)

Last night we spent our first night at sea.  The sea was quite rough and lots of people were seasick.  Even though people were sick (even some of our teachers), we still had to do night watches and steer the ship.  It was really hard to stay awake during watch and it was freezing cold.  We did have our watch box of biscuits to give us energy though.

Today we got some of the sails out on the ship.  Once they were out, we switched off the engines and went sailing.  We spent today travelling North and ended up near the Isle of Arran where Rocky the Bosun dropped the anchor and this meant that we could all have the night in bed.

After tea we had an interwatch quiz – we had to guess the logo, name different cartoons and identify the celebrities.  Each watch had to work together to complete the quiz.

The place where we anchored was in a little bay and it looked really pretty at night with all the lights on the houses.  Being anchored helped all of the people that had been seasick to get a good nights sleep ready for tomorrow.


Day Two – More training (Red Watch)

Today I was a messman, this meant that I was woken up at 6am and had to be dressed and ready to start work at 6.15am.  I spent most of my morning in the mess or the galley.  I set the tables for each meal, served the other crew members their food and washed up after each meal.

In-between my galley duties, we were taught how to climb the rigging safely.  First of all we climbed up the mast to the platform, (which is about 1/3 of the way up) and then down the other side.  Once we had all got the hang of it we then went back up the rigging and out onto the yards to learn how to put the sails in their gear and how to stow them away again.  The day ended with a large group of us playing cards in the mess until it was time for bed.


Day One – Joining the ship in Liverpool (White Watch)

I was woken up at the far too early time of 4.50am this morning.  This was so that I could be driven down to the ferry terminal in time to meet up with the 47 other people that were also going on the trip.

At the ferry port we all met up and got on the ferry over toLiverpool.  The journey was quite long and a lot of us slept to make the time go quicker.  Once we arrived inLiverpoolwe were met by one of the watch leaders called Harry who also lives on the Isle of Man.  We packed our bags onto a coach and were driven to the docks where the Stavros was tied up.

Once at the ship we were divided into 3 teams – red, white and blue and we met our watch leaders who showed us where we would be sleeping for the next week.  We then ate lunch (which was burgers) and started our training.  We were each given oilskins, were taught how to steer the ship and learnt what to do with all the ropes.  By 9.30pm we were all really tired and went to bed.

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