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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SSN 657

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 6

We were woken at a more reasonable time of 7:45 on day 6 of the voyage. After breakfast we prepared to leave port. When we were leaving we had to squeeze through the bridge, which then led us into the more military area of the port were we saw some naval vessels. After this we climbed out onto the yards to release the sails.

After heading windward for the majority of the day, a change of direction led to us being able to finally set the sails and pick up speed. Following this we enjoyed a very tough steak as part of dinner.

During the evening we prepared for the next inter-watch challenge by practising our knots. The challenge itself was a relay in which each member of each team had to tie a knot, tying a total of 16 per watch. Blue watch thrashed both inferior white and red watches, and after celebrated with a cold beverage courtesy of our watch leader, Ian.

Now we head on to our 8 till 12 watch with a sense of victory in the air.  J

Lewis, Will, (Blue Watch).


Day 5

We were dragged out of bed for the 00:00 to 04:00 watch. The only thing in sight was oil platforms, birds, jellyfish and a 369 metre ship. After a small yet well deserved sleep until breakfast, food was served and it was continental and cooked ‘scran’ all round.

In the afternoon we had come into port at ‘Den Helder’ in Holland. The bridge went up and it was a tight squeeze. As we came into port we saw a good few naval ships and some submarines which I was sad to see weren’t yellow!

When tied up we had an inter watch rowing competition. White Watch had a close encounter with a motor boat and Blue Watch won with no traffic.

After the intense and slightly uncoordinated rowing, we were granted shore leave. We first explored the markets that Den Helder had to offer, buying waffles, ice cream and tomato ketchup sprinkled with chips. We then decided to split up, some played football, some explored the beach and some visited the marvellous maritime museum.

Joe, Tim and Jon (White Watch)


Day 4

We started off the very beginning of the day (00:00) with our first of three watches. This watch was to be the coldest of them all so layers were required. However despite the cold and early start, there was a beautiful views of the stars in the night sky. We ended the watch at 04:00 very tired and seeking sleep, although for some of us this was difficult as the boat was jerking around a lot.

We awoke for breakfast and, to follow on, we went aloft to set the lower three sails in gear and hauled them down ready to sail. To note this was he first time with sails alone as a means of power, although a very light wind meaning a very slow speed.

This followed with our second watch starting at 12:30 and ending at 16:00. This watch was fairly calm and uneventful (apart from a party of birds floating on a piece drift wood!).

After our second watch, the whole voyage crew were summoned to the mess for a talk on distress at sea by Duncan, the navigator. We were briefed on what constitutes distress at sea, what to do if we were in distress, and the different types of flares to use in various different scenarios.

We leave you on our final watch (20:00 – 00:00) heading for the Dutch port of Den Helder running under engines with an e.t.a of 09:00 tomorrow.

Rich and Paddy


Day 3

Despite having a security watch from 2am to 3am the start of my third day began.

On the morning of our third day, my friend was woken up early instead of me, resulting in me having 40 minutes more sleep! After a shower and some breakfast it was time for happy hour…this was not as happy as the volunteers made it out to be!

An hour of cleaning later we left Ipswich and headed out into the open sea, Tim who is one of our fellow crew members was called upon for the first duty of steering the ship. Not many people can say they have reversed a 200ft Tall Ship through a lock!

After travelling up the coast for an hour we anchored. While we were waiting for Youth Mentor Mike to re-join the ship via the rib from Harwich, Ian, who is the awesome Blue Watch Leader, taught us about using a chart and all the types of buoys on the sea. After a few hours of preparation with bracing the masts and breaking out some of the fore and aft sails, the best time of the day arose…DINNER!

An hour of relaxing, then some fore and aft sails were set for the evening and overnight sail to the Netherlands. The magnificent Blue Watch and I are helming and on look out for hazards until midnight, before some well earned rest until morning.

Tom Banks and James Garth


Day 2  

Day Two on the Brig, the shipmates are still in Ipswich </Big Brother voice>

We pleasantly surprised to be handed a large breakfast after our early wake up call (7:45 am) served to us by very cheery members of our watches (who were enjoying being messmen).

It turns out, as well as being the best, most enthusiastic watch, White Watch is also the sickest, having the first case of seasickness aboard! Despite the fact we weren’t moving. Valiantly, the crewmember decided to stay.

­­­­­The first training of the day was a talk on harness safety, followed by a quick “up and over” on the main and fore masts. This was shortly followed by “Bracing stations”, which comprised of learning where to stand and how to haul and ease ropes (easy for those easing).

Before lunch, we managed to squeeze another job in – stowing away the many provisions required to feed a boat of this size. It required a human chain and was a test of the arm strength of our crew (verdict: varying).

The most exciting event of the afternoon was climbing to the yard arms and learning how to furl and stow the sails. One half was set to look for a clue in the rigging (pun intended).

Finally, the thrilling boat race occurred in the evening. Despite White Watch’s ultimate failure, we still win in our hearts.

By Fiona, Josie and Megan (The Great White Watch…)

CF310 – Girl Guides – Challenger 1

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - No Comments »


We sailed today and stuff. Sailing stuff had us all excited.

First we would like to give you knowledge and ratings of various sun creams as they are useful to not getting burnt.

First we start with the Boots Soltan Invisible. This suncream comes as a liquid spray. It is invisible (as said on the labelling), it says it has a dry touch. However we feel it was a little greasy. It has been rated 5 stars by UVA, but we give it a 3 star rating.

Next is the Morrisons Sun Care Play It Safe Kids Spray, spf 30. it is coloured for easy application and is liquid spray. The handle is very fancy but that can sometimes be confusing for idiots. The coconut smell is pleasing to the nose. It is extra water resistant, great for sailing so we give it 4 stars.

Finally, our personal favourite is Ambre Solaire. It is a dry mist and leaves no greasy residue and is easy to applicate. With water resistance, great for sailing! High spf 50 as the sun not only shines on you it reflects of the water and sails too. Our skin is left silky smooth and the smell is very nice. UVA has rated it 5 stars and we thoroughly agree. It is available at all leading retails and Boots. Warning only spray it outside, people may be asthmatic.

Due to terrible weather we went to Salcombe, a quaint harbour side town in South Devon. Here Lucky Buddhas went church touring, there are 2 churches, one with a graveyard and the other looks like a church from slenderman. Both were quaint.

After touring the churches, we resided at a local park and hung with the local ‘youvez’ (youths). One of the local lads fell over and Megan rushed to his aid shouting ‘child, are you alright?!?’ to which he replied ‘I’M FINE!’ and ran off. Here was born our quote of the day……..When she has the camera round her neck, she means business………

Lissie and Nicole had a challenge to slip an unusual word into conversations for the day, facility was the word and Georgina guessed it. Apart from that, everyone else was clueless.

We are now lost for words, I’M A WHAT?.

Brought to you by watch team, Lucky Buddhas

Lissie, Nicole, Georgina, Megan and Rachel

xoxo Gossip Girls

Day 2

Today started early for most of us, with each pair doing an hour long anchor watch. The day started at 7:30am with breakfast (cereal), leaving Shanklin, east coast of the Isle of Wight, by 10:00am.

Due to changeable conditions – wind and tide – we had to take the Stay and Yankee sails up and down multiple times. In total we travelled 55 nautical miles over 8 hours.

During the day we took turns at the helm and undertook other tasks such as tacking, winching the sheets and flaking the sails. We also attempted sweating, which turned out more difficult than it looks – it is aptly named.

The day was made even better by ample amounts of ship shaped birthday cake and lots of fun and laughter.

Having circumnavigated half the Isle of Wight we are now docked in Weymouth for the night. After so many hours at sea, we came ashore and got to use the facilities and didn’t have to pump them 40 times.

If you have a limited understanding of these terms please book a voyage.

Port Watch – Chloe Goillau, Kim Clarke, Catrien Eagles, Heather Smith and Georgina Rolfe.



We are on a boat. Today, we had intelligence within the boatness. Incase anyone doesn’t know what a boat is, it is a floating house-like structure on the water. This structure consists of a mast with a sail on and the boom is called a boom because that’s the sound it makes when it hits your head – FACT!

Even though we don’t know each other we have had very topical discussions and we all feel comfortable around each other. During the voyage to the Isle of Wight we have talked about Buddha, operating tables, worms, andante/al dente, cockerpoos, the word literally, gullibility, dying skin, creating a superace and a three woman quartet.

One of our crew members thought a cockerpoo was a cross between a poodle and a cockatoo, it’s not. It is actually a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle – FACT!

The dining table in the saloon doubles as an operating table, with gaps in the lip to drain blood – FACT!

Worms have no specific gender and reproduce asexually, they split themselves in half. So don’t kill a worm by chopping it in half you get double the trouble – FACT!

As it turns out we have three flautists in our watch, so we thought we could be a quartet, however we are missing a person. If you would like to audition please email thethreewomenquartet@can’tcount.com

On our boat we have two very gullible persons and the other crew, we feel, are abusing their gullibility for their own personal amusement.

Buddha is neither fat nor thin, it depends on your personal preference as a Buddhist – FACT!

Andante is a musical term for walking-pace, however al dente means slightly crunchy (as in rice and veg) mixing these two words up can cause severe confusion – FACT!

The word literally has been literally said literally 100 times literally all evening by literally one person – LITERALLY!

Amelia, whilst on the tour and safety guidelines of the below decks pointed out that we have an open condiment cupboard, to our amusement. There is also a closed condiment cupboard. Shout out to Amelia’s nan!

During the preparation of onions for our fajitas, we all started crying, many thought we were emotional. However we just blamed the fumes (not of people, but of onions and possibly those who forgot shampoo and shower gel)

The number one rule for what happens after a man overboard is not to fall overboard in the first place – FACT!

When cooking onions, to check they are cooked they should be transparent – FACT!

While onboard, when other boats pass you may only wave at them if they are wearing lifejackets, if not be hostile. Your lifejacket is your bestfriend – FACT!

Always go down the stair backwards, if you do not there are heavy punishments. Such as climbing them repeatedly 10 times – FACT!

We are planning on creating a superace of green/purple people with orange spots from artificial food colourings. We will not accept discrimination against our race of people.

To flush the heads (toilets) onboard you have to pump 20 times and 40 for a big one – FACT!

Wraps are very enjoyable both to your taste buds and to your inner child. Whilst very delicious they also double as a mask for your face. You can achieve this by eating out eye, nose and mouth holes. Let your kids play with their food they will be happier. Your food is your friend – FACT!

We are now lost for words, IT IS ALL OGRE NOW.

Brought to you by watch team, Lucky Buddhas

Lissie, Nicole, Georgina, Megan and Rachel

xoxo Gossip Girls

CF310 – Girl Guides – Challenger 4

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Day 1 on Challenger 4

Eleven members of Girlguiding UK assembled at Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth at around13.00.  We made our way to our home for the week, Tall Ships Challenger 4 where we met the team and those responsible for our care and tuition for the next week.  Our first challenge was to get our kit and us onto the boat and we learnt that long legs are an advantage.  We learnt that our red and green buffs had significance as they told us which side of the ship our bunks were on and which watch we were working.  After introductions, with squash and biscuits, we split into our two watch groups for our safety briefing and boat orientation.  Once we were safely in our lifejackets it was time to set sail.  Unfortunately the weather Gods were not on our side and we had a little help from the ships motor as we made our way towards the Isle of Wight and dropped anchor just off Sandown.  During our voyage we refreshed our memory on five key knots as well as getting to know our companions whilst overhearing on the radio another yachts drama of running aground.  Once safely anchored we enjoyed our first meal together of fajitas, these are apparently a traditional first meal aboard.  Tonight we are doing one hour and twenty minute shifts on anchor watch to ensure that we do not drift away.

CF310 – Challenger 2

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Day 2

Today we started in a bay off the Isle of Wight, but when we woke up there was very little wind & definitely not enough to sail to Weymouth!! Later in the morning the wind picked up and we were able to put up the three main sails allowing us to reach neck-breaking speeds of 9 knots.

Whilst we were all basking in the sun, reaping the benefits of our earlier struggle with the sails, a Racing Pigeon decided to pay us a visit and spent the entirety of the afternoon catching a lift at the back of the yacht. After making himself comfortable we had to undertake the task of tacking the vessel as the wind was not in our favour, and he promptly left when the boat heeled over heavily.

A well earned fish and chip supper was in order after the 60 nautical mile trip to Weymouth. About to hit the town (no drinks allowed) before an early night and early rise as we’re setting sail for the Channel Islands tomorrow.

Speak soon lots of love, Port Watch xoxo


Day 1 

To all the people on Gunwharf Quays, the 10 assembled strangers lugging large back packs stood out like a sore thumb (but not as bad as the Guides who all had matching t-shirts). With nervous grins and plenty of sun cream, we all boarded the 72 foot Tall Ship Challenger 2, our floating home for the next week.

Both volunteers and guests come from all walks of life with all but two being novices, however everyone has professional levels of enthusiasm! Armed with the standard stock questions: Where are you from? What A-levels do you do? Have you sailed before? We quickly got to know each other. As the day went on, we were given safety briefs, learnt the (very) basics of sailing and how to live on board our yacht. The adventure then began, as we left Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth behind and motored round to Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight. Once there, we anchored and had fajitas for dinner (Perfectly cooked by the first watch). Now we have our first ever night watch to look forward to! (And our first early start).

We’ll write again when we’ve got our sea-legs. Bye for now! #Blessed

By Josh & Leander

Cat126 – Start Yachting

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 1

We arrived last night, today we did some small briefing. We sailed to Lymington and I learnt various things such as Oxo, Knots and how to put a sail up. It was warm weather and was hard to get round the learning curves due to been too warm. Overall it was exciting and new to me and I really enjoyed my first official day. – Billy Oxley

We arrived last night , today we set sailing to lymington and we learned how to do an oxo knot and how to put a sail up . it was very warm weather and made it hard for all of us to do thing overall it is very good and i would come again – Callum

We arrived last night, today we set sail towards lymington we learnt how to take the covers of off the sails and we also learnt how to make an oxo knot which was fun. – Brandon

My brother and I arrived today. When we got there we were given some information about the various things we needed to know and what we doing.

After an hour of this we set sail to Lymington, but, unfortunately for us the sail had a hole in it and we could no hoist it, so we were motored there.

After three hours we arrived and anchored the boat at the designated place. We learnt how to tie a Boleyn, an Oxo knot and how to put up the sail.

Today was really good, and I learnt some key things that will help me again tomorrow. – Henry Robinson

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