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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SSN663 – Brixham to Falmouth

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - No Comments »

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.

XF140823 – Lancashire boys and girls – Challenger 3

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 4

Today we have sailed from Portsmouth to Weymouth, it took us 14 hours but Beth and the other crew was nice and let us have 3 hour breaks. Louis saw a dolphin but some of our port crew never seen it as we were asleep. We really enjoyed today as we got to socialise with everyone and find more about each other. The weather was nice and the sunset on the sea was nice also. Some of us felt sick but we dragged through it. I would like to thank Conner, Chloe, Louis.M, Savannah for their efforts throughout the day, thanks guyyyss.

Port Crew


Day 2

I have had a great day, I enjoyed going over the big waves as it showed our confidence and also our trust in the staff and our other team mates. This is big thing for us, as going sailing far out at sea is a dangerous place and can have some terrible weather conditions, but overall I am enjoying the trip so far and can’t wait to hopefully go to a new place tomorrow depending on the weather, Fingers crossed.

Louis D, 16

My high point of the day was definitely going out to sea and getting out of the harbour, the waves were massive. My low point was feeling rotten before getting used to the weather conditions and the insane amount of bouncing and rocking because of the waves. One important thing that I learnt today was that no matter how awful you feel, you will feel 10 X better if you get up and work through it.

Rhian, 16

I loved today because I felt more confident in myself and trusted the staff more and didn’t really ask them any questions today as the day before I did. My high point of today was being able to check the engine and take some oil out of the engine with the skipper it was great because I got to get involved and not just looking what the skipper was doing. My low of today was definitely coming back in as the weather changed a lot and that meant we had to turn around and come back into Plymouth. Overall it was a great day because I got more involved and I felt 100% better in myself

Megan, 15

Today I had a very interesting day as i got to steer the boat through big waves :) .

My high of today was going over big waves and my low was being woken up at 5:30 :( as the door kept moving and making loud noises and also another low is that we had to head back to port due to bad weather.

Will, 16

Today has been such a great day, there has been so many high points, although I think the best was when we were hitting the huge waves and having to pull different ropes  to make sure that the boat turned ok, I loved the responsibility and the intensity of the whole situation. I feel that my only low point was when we returned to the harbour to stay in for the night, although we did get to look around some shops and I got to stroke a real Siberian tiger called Sylvester.  Overall this has been a great day, enjoyed by everyone. :)

Rachel, 15


Day 1

We went through health and safety procedures then we had a bit of a sail then came back to the marina and had lunch had great time cant wait for tomorrow.

Ben, 21

I got up really early so that I could have a shower. The showers were really nice and they were like our own private bathrooms. We went through all the health and safety procedures, and learnt how to use all of the ropes and sails. It has been a really good day, but extremely cold.

Louis, 15

Had a lovely shower very early and had breakfast. Then went through the health and safety procedures. I learnt that I am good at sweating and I really enjoyed steering the ship. I didn’t enjoy feeling sick and being cold but that’s part of the experience.

Chloe, 16

I had a luxurious shower this morning! I enjoyed the sailing trip today and enjoyed seeing the other different boats around :) I also liked tea (because I made the MINCE!!)

Conner.D, 16 :)

I had a shower this morning then had breakfast, after breakfast we went thought the health and safety procedures on deck and underneath. I really enjoyed sailing, but it was a bit cold and my lips tasted like salt.




CF315 – Brixham – Portsmouth – Challenger 1

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - No Comments »

Blog 3

We got up in the morning at 7.30 to have breakfast at 8.00.After we had finished cleaning up the ship we put up the sails and came out of harbour. Once we had got the mainsail up we sailed for about 6 or 7 hours not stopping. We didn’t stop for lunch we had it on the go. Everyone had a go at steering the ship and it was fun. Once we were outside Brixham, we met up with Stavros, which is a pirate ship that also belongs to Tall Ships. We went round Stavros a couple of times to say hello to the people on board. We then came into harbour at Brixham at about 6.30pm. After putting the boat to bed 4 people made the dinner which was a yummy curry and after dinner we all went to the showers and then to bed.

By Nell & Mabli


Blog 2

Yesterday was a very challenging day we had to put up the main sail which was very hard and took us ages, once we where outside of Plymouth break water we decided to go back to shore because we had a gale force 9 wind warning which is a very strong wind.

On our way in we packed away the boat and headed towards a different marina. We caught a ferry over to the barbican where there were lots of shops, we got some ice cream and went to look for crabbing line at a bait and tackle shop which was shut! On the way back we went into a big souvenir shop, where I got my crabbing line. We headed back to the ferry that took us back to the challenger, where we had dinner which was very nice pork chops. Then we went to bed.

By Max and Michael    


Blog 1

Today we got to the harbour at 1 o’clock and were introduced to the skipper, the mate, the watch leader, the youth mentor and also the rest of our crew. After we were given a safety talk and shown around the ship. We then unpacked our stuff and got to know one another. Later on we were shown how to use the winches and had a go ourselves. We then went to the outdoor gym and stayed there for a while. Then we came back to the ship, while a few of the crew prepared dinner some of us relaxed in our bunks. After eating our dinner a few of us helped to wash up the dishes. Then we had time to relax and go for a shower.

By Nell & Mabli

CF314 – Plymouth – Falmouth – Challenger 4

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 3 Comments »

Day 2 The first voyage – Plymouth to …..Plymouth

Today we have been inspired beyond our wildest imaginations. We can’t describe the plethora of emotions that ran through our minds on this maiden voyage.

Having woken up early, to the stench of fried mackerel and a dank fog that restricted vision considerably, we tucked into cereal and toast before setting off at about 9 o’clock from a chilly Plymouth port. We motored out of the harbour, past the headland into open (unchartered) waters. It was already pretty rough so we hunkered down and avoided the oncoming rain. About half and hour into the journey, some of the crew members were beginning to realise just how perilous the British seas can be. It was time to bring out the sea sickness pills, but sadly for the suffering, it was a little too late for that- queue vomit!

We hoisted the main sheet, Yankee and stay sail and headed confidently for Fowey, Westward. However due to storm force 8 gales in our area, we were stopped, dead in our tracks by an imminent storm force 10 to our west. With brave hearts we decided to give up the glory of a heroic three hour sail, pack it in, and return to an alternative port in Plymouth, sheltered by a peninsula, with a little more cover to make for a less rocky night. We pulled all the sails down one by one and flaked them, because remember kids, a flappy sail is an unhappy sail :(

When we arrived in port we wrapped up all the sails and tidied up the deck before enjoying a well deserved baked potato lunch. :)

After lunch we were lucky enough to get a ride on the infamous Plymouth taxi to the Barbican where we strolled around in the beautiful late August sunshine :)

After our brief and thrilling trip into town, we were treated by a jerk chicken dish with rice that (quote) ‘Tasted like a bush’.

Anyways, avid followers, we are off to play monopoly :)  lots of lovingggg xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx THE A TEAM. WORD.

Tash, Troy and Alex

Port Watch


Day 1 – the journey begins

We have joined the boat today and been issued our kit met the rest of the crew and been given our briefing, we choose our beds which are called berths, once we had packed away our belongings and headed up to the deck were we learnt to tie knots and how to winch. As part of our brief we learnt to fit our lifejacket and learnt how to operate the winches. Then we prepared the boat for launch for the next day.

We then went to a out door gym and on the way we were shown where the shower facilities were, after we returned to the boat and had some food, tortilla wraps. After dinner we split in to teams one of the teams had to wash up and the other had to write a blog and here we are! J

We survived our first day and witness one of the crew members nearly o-d on chilli.


Denyan, Lois and Jacob

Starboard Watch

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