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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XC150829 AOD DoE – Tall Ships Cat

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 - No Comments »

Blog 1

We arrived at Gunwharf Quays 10.30 am, we met our skipper and mate. Once on the boat we had a briefing about sleeping arrangements and boat safety, then we spoke about ideas for meals for the weekend.



We went to Tesco to buy shopping for our lunch and dinner for Sunday and Monday lunch.



We started at 8:10 and we make it at 10:30 and we went to Tesco. I learnt how to dock the boat we spilt up in team to shop at Tesco and we do cleaning as a team.



We arrived at Gunwharf Quays after getting lost on the way as last time so we had to use the atlas to find our way which was funny. After having a safety briefing we went out to buy food for lunch and dinner for Sunday and Monday lunch, well that is after making a shopping list that was quick and simple. The sun was shining for most part of the day until we got out to sea where it decided to rain like it was waiting for us. We made it to Southampton where it slowly stopped raining while we was having dinner in the afternoon. We then went out for a walk around in the area and then came back to have a relaxing evening on the boat.

Shannon… future author 

CF351 – FSA Regatta Week – Plymouth to Portsmouth 12-15 – CH3

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - No Comments »

Day 5 – Short race to Cowes (Isle of Wight)

We woke up at about 7:30am, too early for some. After prepping the boat we set off to the start line for the grand race to the Isle of Wight. The weather was on our side with only a few short spells of rain at the start. We stayed in a rough second place with only four minutes behind first. (Becky)


Day 4 – Weymouth to Poole

We got up at about 7:30 and started to get the boat ready. We were all prepared for the worst after the first day but we were pleasantly surprised when it stayed sunny all day and the waves were quite big, but not too choppy so no one was sick or even vaguely queasy. It was quite a short day and we arrived at Poole a few hours after we left. (Becky)


Day 3

8.00AM  We woke up and straight away we had to get down to work ya know, 24 hours grafter mode we started out by sorting out the dinghy then we raced against the other Challenger Boats the in the pouring rain and it was very depressing because we lost and Jack nearly fell in the harbour. We had to munch out on sum chicken and dry ourselves out of our wet clothes and now we are dry and happy and out of they of everything moist. (Jack)


Day 2

3:40am we were woken by Becky’s alarm, as we had over 100 miles to cover today. As soon as we left Plymouth in the dark the relentless rain started pounding down upon us, as we sweated to get the sails up, while the welsh sang fluffy sheep. 5am (still raining) sunrise brought vomit watch on deck, as the day went on more and more people were crippled by seasickness. In the end the few remaining un-ill were frozen up on deck for the next 9 hours, at which point the sea spray felt like a warm bath. Finally we caught sight of Portland bill and dropped the sails. Once moored up in Weymouth after a 15 hour sail, the showers felt like heaven. We had a fish and chips for dinner, and then crashed out. (The team)


Day 1

We arrived at our home for the week at around 1pm, where we found our bunks and got to know each other. Once all the initial things were dealt with such as the use of the heads (toilets), and what watches we were in. We had to move the boat to a new berth on the other side of Plymouth which went smoothly. We then had fajitas for dinner, it was soon followed by a spectacular sunset. (The Team)

SSN 717 – Cork to Southampton – 16-25yo

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - No Comments »

Blog 2

It’s been an interesting time so far on the Stavros. On leaving cork most of the ships crew was fine in bright sun shine and relatively flat seas but as the darkness descended so did the sick. The Irish Sea took its toll on each and every member of the crew. After we left the Irish Sea we were called to bracing stations to set the square sails and turn off the engines around the coast of Cornwall. That made the journey a lot smoother and the crew slowly but surely started to recover so the ships company could enjoy bacon, hash browns and eggs without seeing it again within the following 10 minutes.

We have just finished our watch, 4am to 8pm. The highlight was seeing the dolphins swimming by.
We are about to have the morning meeting to find out what is happening throughout the day but we doubt that it will have changed since yesterday since we are still on a boat in the middle of the sea. But we are heading back up towards home – Southampton.

Ben and Charlotte


Blog 1

All packed and ready to leave for our journey to cork to board the Stavros.S.Niarchos. It all started in the early hours of Monday morning at roughly 1am!!! By 11am we had finally arrived in Cobh and saw the first glimpse of the Stavros, the nerves and excitement kicked in. Everything was so relaxed as we boarded the ship, we instantly met and bonded with a new group of people around similar ages.

It was lovely and clean as we entered the ship, we were shown our bunks and thankfully were next to each other and surprisingly the beds were sooooo comfy!!
We were greeted with our first evening meal and it was Chilli con-Carne it was delicious.
Run ashore and then bed. A great start.

Isabelle and Nancy

Cat148 RYA Start Yachting 12-15 – City of London YP Service

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - No Comments »

Day 4

The weather was good. We woke up at eight o’clock in Bucklers Hard. We had breakfast and did some washing. After breakfast we moved the boat and sailed to Southampton and then to Cowes, which is a nice town.

We did an exam. There was a lot of fun in the exam. We had to say what different parts of the boat were called, for example the deck, port, the head and foot of the sail, the luff and leach. Also in the exam we had to tie different knots called: bowline, reef knot and clove hitch.

The day was very good because it was not raining. We also enjoyed fishing today. We had fish and chips for dinner, but we had to get the fish from the shop because we didn’t catch any.

Saifudeen Barakzai


The day started by having an expresso coffee with Robert and having a breakfast with the whole team. As usual we get prepared by putting on our safety jackets and rain preventer clothes.

We start departing from where we have stayed overnight which was Bucklers Hard and make our way to Southampton to do some fishing which was my first time experience in my life and I really enjoyed it but after three hour of fishing we didn’t get lucky to catch one fish. On our way to Southampton we did some sailing and from Southampton we decided to make our way to our final destination of the day which was Cowes. Once we arrive in Cowes we had an hour break to have a little walk around the town and we did a little exam about what we have learned throughout the week when we come back and for me it didn’t actually go well as I only earned 3 points and was deducted the only three points I had as I got caught cheating which was fair to be honest and I end up getting zero points at the end of the exam. But it was actually a nice day and enjoyable day. And yea that is how my day four looks like.



Day 3

The trip has been fun. I have met people, made friends and travelled by water. I have learned about the ship and made food with friends together. I knew Bashir, Rahmat and Michaele before the trip. I have now spoken to all people in the group.

I will stay in touch with all the people on the new Facebook page, which is a good idea for the CICC.

The most difficult thing about the trip has been the rain, it rained a lot and it was cold.

I imagined that on the trip there would be a lot of different languages spoken and people from different countries, but this was no problem, I was able to speak to everyone.

I speak Tamil and no-one else on the trip does; I’ve had experience of this in the past. I have Tamil-speaking friends in London, but often I have to speak English, in the shops for example.

I’ve learnt to speak more English here, whilst on the trip. I feel that I have more confidence in speaking English now.

The first night I didn’t sleep well, but last night was fine, I am more used to the boat now.

The Skipper and Skipper’s mate are like teachers; they tell you about lots of things, it’s great.

It’s been good experience.

By Thanus


Day 2

Today has been an extremely enjoyable day where everyone has come together to fight against the elements. The elements won. We learnt and practised new skills including mooring, sailing, knot tying and reading charts. The preparation of meals was an Italian and Indian triumph. The young people have learnt new skills including Saifudeen chopping a pepper and measuring orange cordial and Samsom being introduced to a cheese-grater. The Starboard and Port watch system has been good at structuring tasks and creating team solidarity. It has been very refreshing to see the young people willing to help each other and use their initiative and generosity to improve life on the boat. The skipper, skipper’s mate and I particularly appreciated being brought a cup of hot tea on deck in the run to a storm. This all bodes well for the rest of the trip.

Tom Bush


Day 1

It has been a brilliant first day as we started the sailing from Portsmouth to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It was really cold and rainy so we had to wear water proofs and enjoy the horrible weather. When we reached the Isle of Wight, we were completely soaked and were suffering from cold. Although it was really cold but it was the day that we’ll all remember forever because it was the most exciting and scary experience that we ever had or will have. We were so excited because it was the first time we sailed. When I first got on the boat, I thought it was really small and got worried how would 12 people fit in there but it turned out to be a very comfortable place to stay. The first night we went out to the town and bought some Coke for everyone. The plan was to go to bed early and wake up early, but it went totally wrong. We slept late because we were so excited and couldn’t sleep, so we woke up late. By the time we got up breakfast had already started.

By Rahmat Popal

CF351 FSA Regatta Week Plymouth to Portsmouth 16-25 – CH2

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - No Comments »

Day 7

Seventh day, as per, we awoke on the seventh hour. We all had breakfast and were ready for the competitive day of racing ahead. The soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean was fitting to ensure we were pumped for the three separate races today. Deck prep was completed for the quickest time yet… a sweet 45 minutes. The first race consisted of the main sail hoist which we smashed and took first place. Up next came the triangle circuit… yet another win. Our final race was the sausage circuit, which we claimed second. An awesome set of results for the day and a sweet way to end the week. We made our way into Portsmouth harbour for the last night. A victory dinner was in order and 10 large Dominos pizzas found their way into the boat. Overall this week, we came second however there is still the Tacky gift competition to be completed. Relaxation and cards are underway for the last time this week. Pun to finish the final blog? I’m a frayed knot. Sorry…..

Declan & Joey


Day 6

We were woken up at 7 am which followed on from the trend of unnecessary sleep deprivation. This was followed by the strenuous activity of nothing. Whilst being up on deck, 10 minutes late as pointed out many a time by Dave (good banter as usual), Susie kept getting Lauren`s name wrong. After doing loads and loads and loads of tacking, we were challenged by challenger 1 to an impromptu race. Which we gladly accepting and wrecked (if you`ll pardon the pun) them. Out of the blue, Bob was suddenly in the sea. Everybody screamed `man overboard!!!!!!!!!`. Then Joey saved the day and got Bob out the freezing sea, although sadly by this time Bob had caught hypothermia and it was not looking goodL. The boys wanted to go swimming so Joey then became spider man and hung over the side of the boat to attach us to a floating buoy. However, after Bob`s fatal accident swimming was cancelled we all had a yummy lunch that used every kitchen utensil available. Thanks Starboard!!!! We then made our way slowly and cautiously to the next harbour, in the pricey River Hamble, except there are no bathrooms. We are about to take part in a knot competition, the tension is knot fun. Yeah buoy.

Fiona, Lucy and Joey.  


Day 5

Today we woke up at 7am to the smell of bacon batches which were delightfully being cooked by the master chefs of starboard watch. Due to a miscalculation on the bacon front, some missed out on the bacon (the chefs paid their price). We then got ready to race the other boats. In our minds we won; when we actually came third! The race was a fun, and in the words of Dave (the ships Mate) ‘its not the winning that makes the race but the tactics and skills involved along the way’. After our departure in Poole we hastily made our way through the Solent to the picturesque Isle of White. As the crew got a little thirsty, Len went below deck to brew up a nice fine cuppa. To sally’s good eye she noticed that the oven containing our jacket potatoes was turned off by the one and only Len, which Sally called sabotage! If washing up isn’t your thing you’d have cringed at the volume left after tea had been cooked, there were pans of all shapes and sizes, cutlery of all varieties, and even the odd carrot peeler left all over the Galley; after all the key to a successful meal is to use every utensil available! Cleaning up actually took longer than the preparation and consumption of the meal.

Hopefully another food filled day tomorrow.

Meg and Matt 


Day 4

After a pleasant evening, morrow did dawn. The smell of sweat and egg was heavy in the air. The hearty breakfast was followed by a study in meteorology; the Beaufort scale and the shipping forecast. It was arranged, by a higher power, that we would present our finest cake in contest with the other boats.  Alas, our challenger cake enterprise encountered a disaster as our creative talents were not on par. After a narrow loss to the ‘fluffy sheep’ cake, we were eager to set sail. We were found third in points, an inadequate location.  After a pleasant hour, all thoughts of the previous vomit comet experience were forgotten. With the wind and sun in full force, we made it to Poole. Some call it the land of the successful. I suppose that’s why we found ourselves in this port; for we are a team destined for glory and power. The voyage had its moments of exhilaration as we fought our way through the potent wave of St Albans. They were merely feeble obstacles for the Challenger. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly welcomed to the soothing sounds of a solitary bagpiper (whom happened to be our skipper’s mother… a highly talented family!)  An evening of restoring our health will be had this night. An exploration of this town will occur and with that, we will prepare for our race tomorrow. This is where the true sailors will be found.

Ahoy hoy

George, Rafe & Declan


Day 3

The gift we awaited this morrow was not kind. It was apparent that the wind blew such a gale that sailing would be impossible. Nevertheless, a kind feast was presented to us. Today would be a day of competition. A day where we could become immortals amongst mortals; warriors amongst the common man. We were informed that we would aim to become one with a dingy boat and race against fellow ships and their crew. How often these tools are mocked for their feebleness yet we would learn that they would become an instrument to ensure we were made greats. Our efforts, however, were bettered. We found ourselves taking second place to a fellow Challenger boat. We earned three points in this fight and it may be noted that Challenger 4 have found an enemy and rival for the week.

Returning to ship merely satisfied, we assessed the performance and prepared for our forthcoming race in the tall ships. We studied the theory of our sails and how we could allow our performance to prosper exponentially throughout the week. Success is our only option. This studying was deemed sufficient and in the afternoon we went onto shore and appreciated Weymouth to come back and replenish our hunger. The meat and pasta was deemed a culinary masterpiece, for we are required to prepare for our voyage to Poole at 7:00 tomorrow.

Declan & Max


Day 2

We arose early at 4 am, enjoying a fruitful breakfast from the gods. As we hurled ourselves outside in full wet weather gear, it could only be described as a scene from middle earth. The rain did plummet that day, yet still the crew was not phased. With fire in our bellies, we struggled on determined to make the most of the dreadful conditions. It was not a day of beauty but rather one of anguish and torment. A true test of one’s mental fortitude. Were we taken back? Perhaps but is at sea that the true men and women are singled out. A wise man once spoke – ‘the best sailors are those that fear the sea’. A truer word was not spoken. There was bare chunder. Harmonised chundering was witnessed by many. A time arose when three stood, whilst nine fell victim to sea sickness. Our greatest foe. However, will power and a lesson in flares allowed the group to re-establish, thus ensuring we arrived at the destination: a team. Upon that evening, dinner was served from the furthest quarters of our land. Fresh fish accompanied by chips ensured team morale flourished. We ate hearty this night, for tomorrow… well tomorrow… only the Gods behold that truth.

Declan, Will, Joey & Wheeler


Day 1

Today began with fond farewells to our families in Plymouth, and of course with them hanging around to look at the boat for a lot longer than we wanted. We became acquainted with each other straight away – an easy task when living in such close quarters! Choosing a bunk was a lot more difficult than expected, as each one has both good and bad sides, the worst was being potentially drenched in the night.

Learning to put on lifejackets was difficult, especially for those of us that were rather small, and required a lot of team work. Starboard watch was on dinner duty tonight, and made fajitas with nachos, while port watch cleaned up after (there was nothing left of course!). Our lesson in how to winch a rope in preparation for tomorrow, went well, until I got the winch handle stuck, which bodes well for the rest for the trip…

We set sail tomorrow morning at five A.M. so it should be an early night tonight!

Over and out from,

Aisling, Megs, Mhairi 

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