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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XF 140915 Stroud Youth Centre – Girls Yacht

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - No Comments »


- Met at outdoor ed. Went over ground rules and what’s expected of us

- Departed from Gloucestershire YST with the grumpiest coach driver – he’s old, we can forgive him

- Stopped at Tesco for lunch (wooo); was an interesting cultural experience

- Arrived at Gunwharf Marina, had to carry heavy bags a long way…un-impressive

- Intro to crew…intro to boat…intro to rules (pfft, rules? What rules?) …another run through of the rules (obviously we didn’t get it the first time)

- Rigged up, set sail, Olivia has worked harder today than she did on last years Tall Ships (hopefully she won’t get sent home like last time ;D ) The team effort today has been outstanding, everyone has mucked in and just got on with it. The crew explained things really clearly and has helped us learn. We’ve all enjoyed meeting new people and laughed at Shauni’s screaming whilst climbing the mast.

- All in all, great day. BRING ON TOMORROW!


CF316 – Tall Ships Regatta Falmouth – Greenwich – CH2

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - No Comments »

Blog 31.8.14

The first night on the Challenger 2 was a lot better then many anticipated. The bunks were very comfy and as we were in port there was minimal movement. Port watch was awoken to the smell of bacon being cooked by starboard watch at 6:30. We started preparing the boat for the parade of sail which would then lead on to the race at around 7. Many of the boats around were doing the same and we began to size up the competition. As we set sail into the throng of boats that, like us, awaited the start of the parade of sail no one could truly get over the loss of Challenger 2’s beloved Parrot.

However heads held high and with jacket potatoes in are bellies we readied the sails for the race start. After a lot of sailing around for the on looking crowds we finally got to the start line. Unfortunately the wind was not very strong so crossing the line took a little longer then expected. As we got into the race a supper of pork and mash was cooked by Starboard watch. At 7:00 Port watch headed onto the deck to start the first night watch of the trip.



Blog 30.8.14

Upon arrival at the Marina where our vessel was stationed we were immediately greeted by the plethora of boats that we were to be racing against, giving us a greater understanding of the magnitude of the event we were preparing to undertake. This put into perspective the importance of the tasks we were sure we would be completing during this race, an after taking some time to settle into our new bunks and explore the local area; we were all keen to find out more.

Our induction into life on the yacht started with a tour around the deck and the other facilities, before being shown how to operate the winches, culminating in an Inter-Boat runner race between Challenger 2 and Challenger 4, with the girls eventually cheating their way to a win to steal the boys’ beloved parrot. Once over the grief, the boys then prepared and cooked dinner for the whole crew which was rapturously received by all. The evening ended with a tour of another Tall Ships Youth Vessel: Stavros, followed by fireworks over Falmouth Bay.


CF316 – Tall Ships Regatta Falmouth – Greenwich – CH4

Monday, September 1st, 2014 - No Comments »

Blog 7

We had our first ever lie in of the trip, waking up at quarter to eight – lucky us! We then began a thorough blitz clean of the deck and below; including the heads and in Philippa’s case, the bin, which has been slowly filling up over the course of these past few days. The reason behind our ‘blitzing’ was the promise of an inspecting visit from the Countess of Wessex (or for Tori who is on “first name basis” with her, ‘Soph’). However, it was all for naught, as Soph merely stopped by for a hand shake and a quick chat about Sam the puppet – before leaving the Canary Warf marina. Despite this, she was a lot more down-to-earth and lovely than most of us thought she would be, so no grudges were held. After this, we were then allowed out for lunch with parents and returned at 1800 with full stomachs, only to be greeted with more food for our dinner – our weight losing through sweating ropes on this voyage may have been cancelled out by our constant biscuit eating and huge meal portions! Now even fuller, it is time for a bit of relaxation and ‘Pitch Perfect’ watching before the parade tomorrow; and before we have our last night onboard Challenger 4.


Blog 6

Woke up at the civilised hour of eight, for a relaxed day of sailing (which mainly consisted of crew zing up the Thames). Leaving Ramsgate at nine we set off for Greenwich, the day just seemed to be full of putting up sails only five minutes later to take them down and put up another one. Half way through the day Becky and Philippa seemed to be a little aggrieved about having been tied up earlier on in the week, so the whole crew decided to turn on Lindsay (our first mate, who’s idea it had been in the first place to tie up the two anyway), and to practice out our bowlines on her…it didn’t work, her expertise on tying knots, seems to be equal in untying them. Soon enough we reached the Thames, and had to take all the sails down to motor up the Thames, under the QE2, past the Thames barrier and the O2, until we reached our final destination…The West India Docks. We were greeted into the docks by the whole of Tori’s family, before being ambushed by in the loch by some of the other crews in the regatta, (being pelted with water bombs). Once again we got very close the boat maybe, being moored next to them in the loch. After dinner we ventured off to find the showers, which consisted of being two showers for the whole harbour, and were located in a rowdy sports club (yes a sports club), after being told to ‘get in their lassies’, we found the two showers only one of which was hot the other was freezing, and both had very see through shower curtains. After our traumatic showering experience, we came back for a (rare) decent nights sleep.

Sarah & Philippa

Blog 5

After a great night sleep (2200-0700) with no watches we all felt ready for the day to come. Once the sail was up we were ready to continue our voyage. After preparing the Challenger it was time for breakfast; which included Lemon and Raisin pancakes and an unlimited selection of cereal. When breakfast was all consumed the entertainment began; this included Becky being held down and tied up using our new found skills of tieing Bowline knots (with one hand) which resulted in her legs being attached to a cleat and her head on the deck of the cockpit. The sun was shining all day which made morale much higher along with the banging tunes of ‘Now 88’ blaring through the speakers. However, we did all have Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’ in our heads all day and none of us want to ever hear it again… Helming became much easier as we were able to not rely on the slightly delayed compass but instead just follow the boys on Challenger 2. Later in the day, weather conditions changed…the wind caused the boat to keel right over causing the foot rail to be dunking in the water…this was a new experience for many of us and we were relieved when the boat became slightly more neutral. Tamsyn and Alice had a new experience also but this time in the galley…lets just say cooking Chicken Maryland at a 45 degree angle is very difficult, there was a lot of mess on the floor and all over the sides but lucky for us Port watch was on clear up duty…sorry guys. Whilst we were down below cooking, the rest of the crew were at the Bow getting soaked by crashing waves as they took the sails down, allowing us to motor into Ramsgate Marina…again apologies to Port watch who had to clear up from dinner before they could shower. We are just about to go to bed, for another good night sleep with no choppy waves and midnight cups of tea… Next stop Greenwich!

Tamsyn and Josie

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(Update: Tabby was the second to throw up but this time in a bucket!)

Today we finally finished the race during the early hours in the morning, at precisely 0356! Despite the early start we all still managed to be on deck and celebrate as soon as we crossed the finish line.  Biscuits and hot drinks soon followed this!  However, although we were catching up to the boys on Challenger 2 they managed to pip us to the post finishing half an hour ahead of us.  We finished 4th in our class and 27th overall.  Many biscuits later we headed to Eastbourne Harbour where showers awaited us in the late afternoon after a lunch of Southern Fried Chicken Wraps.  Once refreshed and smelling fragrant it was time to hit the town! Many of us visited “The Chippy” which was a welcomed break from couscous! Eastbourne also gave us the opportunity to charge our phones!

After a great night sleep (2200-0700) with no watches we all felt ready for the day to come.  Once the sail was up we were ready to continue our voyage.  After preparing the Challenger it was time for breakfast; which included Lemon and Raisin pancakes and an unlimited selection of cereal.  When breakfast was all consumed the entertainment began; this included Becky being held down and tied up using our new found skills of tieing Bowline knots and looking out for jellyfish.  We our currently on route to Ramsgate where more showers await our arrival!

Sarah and Hope 


Blog 3

After a slow start to the race, we slowly but surely headed towards the finish line, the Isle of White, with the idea of showers urging us along. We all took upon our watches with as much enthusiasm as our leaders provided us with (e.g. Playing “I went to the shop and bought…” for almost an hour with Charlie, as well as eye spy, with a limited amount to see). Starboard watch had the first night watch, whilst Port took over at 2300-0300, a real shock to our body clocks, but the experience of seeing many shooting stars seemed to distract us from our own tiredness. No one seemed to complain about the 6 hour shifts during the day, as it offered plenty of time to sleep. Starboard Watch whilst on duty even had dolphins swimming beside the boat, something they wanted to share with Port side, but due to the fear that waking them up induced, only Sarah managed to make it up. We even had our first vomit of the trip, tactically made by Hope into a baking tray after dinner, which turns out doesn’t float. Sea sickness has been an issue today due to the change in conditions. However, most have been able to face this, apart from Tabby, who hasn’t moved for half an hour as of writing. We’ve had a lot of good news today, mostly about catching up with the boys on Challenger 2. Although at the moment they are pulling ahead, we remain determined. Hopefully everyone will manage to stay awake over the next few days!

Tori and Becky


Blog 2

Fully rested and woken up bright and early, by some overly cheerful leaders, we set off at 0900 to begin the parade of sail. Our spirits were high and were only slightly dampened by the news that the race actually started at 1645, however, the endless waving and picture-taking from other boats kept us cheerful and alert – ready to pose at any second. A fellow ship (from Amsterdam) also kept us “pumping” with their loud music and extremely high pressured water guns. Fuelled by Heinz tomato soup we hoisted the main sail – requiring every single able bodied woman’s strength and focus. We then learnt the tacking procedure and made our way to the starting area; having listened to the countdown of every other category’s start and getting ourselves extremely excited. We were a little disappointed that there was no cannon to begin our race, however, we were met by shouts from the cruise ship of ‘hurry up Challenger 4’ – as if we had control over the elements; of which wind was slightly lacking. The next few hours were spent making cups of tea and tidying up loose ropes to pass the slow moving time – mainly to do with our slow moving boat. Our watches have begun every 4 hours which will be a major shock to our internal body clocks, but fingers crossed for higher winds and more rest tomorrow…

Charlotte and Alice


Blog 1

We arrived at Challenger 4 at 1000, after being overwhelmed by the number of people lining the streets of Falmouth waiting to get a glimpse of all the different vessels, we were welcomed aboard by Sue (our Skipper), Lindsey (1st Mate), Charlie and Hilary. The 10 of us and Dr Evans (Biology teacher from our school aka Jenny) made our way into the rather cosy bunk (hammock) area and quickly grabbed the bunks we wanted. Josie drew the short straw and ended up on the bottom which she’s not too happy about. We were shown around the challenger and were given a full safety brief (which wasn’t very brief at all!)…including how to use a pump toilet, which is actually a challenge in itself. We then had Runner Races (which luckily involved no running, just upper body strength, which a member of the group lacked…Tabby), using a Winch and a lot of rope. After mastering this skill we took on the boys from our school, who are aboard Challenger 2, ending with us being victorious and maintaining possession of our dear Parrot mascot (named Nelson). Our first meal onboard was incredible and puts our school kitchens to shame. We look forward nervously to our first night onboard which will hopefully be full of sleep…

Philippa, Charlotte, Alice, Josie and Tamsyn

SSN663 – Brixham to Falmouth

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - No Comments »

Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th August

After a busy morning of getting the sails ready to allow us to head towards Falmouth where we arrived, we were all tired and after evening activities all head off to bed. The morning we awoke to be in sight of Falmouth. We then played with our makeshift musical instruments ready for the parade on Friday with tall ships from across the world.

Blog by the White Watch 


Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th August

Once we left our mooring outside Brixham we motored for a while until we got out of the calm within the bay. We then braced the yards and some of us climbed up and put the sails in their gear. 3 of Blue watch then went to the bridge to do lookout duty and steer the ship. The rest of us set the sails and trimmed them. We sailed out and then back towards Brixham. When we got back in the bay we anchored and we climbed up again and stowed the sails. In the evening we had an inter-watch ‘boat’ race with little wooden boats. The next day we all had to do the happy hour (cleaning hour) then 3 people went to the bridge to take us off anchor and away. Then everyone was called to their bracing stations to get the yards ready for sailing. Which was worth it as we because there was a brilliant wind! After that blue watch went to the bridge for their watch whilst everyone else relaxed. Then we had lunch, soup, pasties and beans, yum!

Blog by Blue Watch 


Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August

August weather?  Thank goodness oilskins are provided, so the rain didn’t prevent our first climb up the rigging.  For some of us this was quite a challenge but those on a second voyage were itching to go higher!  High pressure learning to enable us to maintain safety was the order of the afternoon and then after a splendid supper it was time for fun and games in the mess and the start of the interwatch competition. There was a bit of a stir at bedtime as Bolan and Tom were reported missing, but they were soon found chatting on the forecastle unaware that everyone else had gone to bed!

After our training in the rain yesterday today was spent learning how to set the sails (in even heavier rain), we then put that knowledge into use as we sailed around Torbay.  Light winds explained how the jelly fish overtook us and the swell explained Reuben’s reluctance to leave the side of the ship for a while. The thought of a card game in the mess soon sorted him out!

The challenger 1 yacht passed us later on that day and we all did a Mexican wave! Clive’s food is DELISH! Whilst we are writing this Georgia is talking about stew while wearing a nice apron with a stripy top and Bolan is mess man, wearing a beautiful striped pinny, but we mustn’t mock as it could be our turn next!!

Perhaps more wind later in the week, we are forming a crew capable of coping with anything that is thrown at us!!.

Blog by the Kington School crew. 


Sunday 24th to Monday 25th August

Everything was going smoothly, we were in the middle of an intense game of ‘Toy Story Happy Families’ until we realised we had been stationary on the train for at least 20 minutes! It turned out there was a fault which could not be fixed so we were towed back to Birmingham. Thankfully, there was another train going to where we needed, unfortunately we only had 2 minutes to get on the next train. This was not helped when the escalator broke down whilst we were on it. When we first got on the new train it was very packed and we couldn’t find any seats. We asked the helpful train worker if he could find us some seats near each other, then the best thing happened… we got upgraded to first class! It was very nice and we got free biscuits and refreshments! Also we got free wi-fi and Oliver (being Oliver) paid for a coke even though he could have had one for free! We then went to the bus stop but because of an accident we had to walk to 4 different bus stops before we could get the bus. When we got to Brixham lots of our crew members that had already joined, met us at the bus stop and helped us carry our bags to the ship because of our long journey. It was very exciting once we got on the Stavros S Niarchos. We did lots of learning what to do if anything happens and got to know the rest of the people in our watch by playing the birthday game, learning silly things about people who had a birthday near to you. The next morning we got to go up the mast, climbing was PETRIFYING! And very windy. But really good fun. The food is very good we get pudding!

Blog by Keyworth Guides and Scouts.

CF314 – Plymouth – Falmouth – Challenger 2

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 2 Comments »

Blog 3

Day 3 on the boat,

We’ve learnt magic makes it float.

The rain was coming down

And though we didn’t drown,

We got extremely wet,

While getting the sails set.


People went below,

And came back feeling low,

But it only lasted ‘til lunch,

When we had something to munch,

And despite continued swell,

We were feeling rather well.


Although there was no breeze,

We arrived at Fowey with ease,

Finally we moored,

There was much to do aboard,

So before we went ashore,

We had to complete our chores.


There was a castle and a beach,

But no one went to each,

They went round town instead,

And it has to be said,

Most had ice cream or chips,

(Hope they don’t go to our hips!)


Two ice bucket nominees,

The cold brought them to their knees.

They have to wait an hour,

To warm up in the shower,

And so to fill the time,

We tried to make this rhyme!

Celeste, James R, Charles and Vince.


Blog 2

The weather was rubbish today, to say it was rainy would be an understatement. Winds were strong, waves were massive, ceilings were leaking and people were freezing.

Our aim was to go to Fowey but the weather decided that we couldn’t, so instead we sailed back to where we started at Plymouth and we all went to the barbican; this was a really good decision because, the storm we finally managed to escape caused another ship to mayday.

Finally the weather improved and there was welcome sunshine in the evening. Skipper Steve and Mate Mike cooked us all pork chops with cheese and broccoli pasta bake which was wonderful. Whilst the girls were searching for plugs in the evening, Celeste decided to try and fit inside a tumble dryer. She succeeded!

Amber, Becky, Theo and James N.


Blog 1

Challenger 2 was a yacht

In which we learnt to knot.

The Skipper was great,

(Not so much his Mate)

The fajitas were rather hot


The watches were made,

The plans were laid.

Weymouth’s the new stop,

It’s quite a long hop.

Let’s hope we don’t need any aid…


We’re going to bed,

Because it has to be said,

The bunks are great,

And it’s getting late.

Just try not to bang your head!


The End

-Vince Barry, Celeste Smith, James Ripley, Charles Drain, Sophie Richards.

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