Tall Ship Racing – Participate as tall ship crew

“There is something about joining the Tall Ships Fleet that defies cynicism. Sailing these great vessels is not just a sport, and not just sentimentality. It fuses the old skills of laborious teamwork and communal courage with a new pattern of adventure and internationalism. Even the most timid and unfit deck workers find themselves rising to the task, inspired by the natural beauty of the sea and the human beauty of the great ships, and the people who sail them.” Libby Purves

International Tall Ships Races are organised in different locations each year. Typically there will be one, or occasionally two, tall ships race events held in Europe each summer.  

Most legs will have opportunities for tall ship crew of all ages to take part. Classic Sailing has a number of tall ships and smaller sailing ships that offer individual berths on races each year. In addition to able bodied berths, Lord Nelson and Tenacious are designed to take disabled crew and one or both ships take part in tall ships races every year. 

Full training will be given so a complete newcomer to sailing can take part. These voyages are fairly ‘full on’ sailing so you need to be confident about your fitness and stamina. They also fill up fast so ring us soon.

More Stories

Active adventure sailing holidays with Classic Sailing

25/01 Featured Destination

Summer Sailing Holidays 2023

Summer Sailing Holidays 2023 All our summer sailing holidays in 2023 are ‘hands on’ sailing holidays. There is no need to have previous experience

Read More

20/01 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Delivery Voyage?

A delivery voyage, sometimes described as a ‘Mile-builder’, is a sailing trip from one port to another without much hanging around in between. Often

Read More
Eye of the wind with Classic Sailing

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Get Seasick?

The prospect of feeling nauseous on board ship puts a lot of people off sailing. Famous cases don’t help matters. Darwin called his mal-de-mer

Read More