|Fri 08-09-2023, 13:00Great Yarmouth, Norfolk||Tue 12-09-2023, 13:00London||Tenacious||4 Nights||TNS637|
Experience sailing the tall ship Tenacious from Great Yarmouth up the historic Thames to the City of London.
This trip will be fantastically varied, as you experience the wide open horizons of the North Sea in your first few days, followed by the hustle and bustle of the capital. And what a way to arrive in London – get your waving arm ready for all the onlookers!
Stepping aboard in Great Yarmouth you’ll have a few days of fantastic sailing in wide open seas, learning the ropes and getting the hang of life on board, before you begin your approach to the wide Thames estuary with its busy sights and sounds.
Sailing up the Thames, you really are following in the footsteps of sailors in bygone days.
Gradually the Thames narrows from a wide estuary to the north of Kent to the river that flows through the Capital of England with masses of history on either side.
“We sometimes forget how lucky we are to be an Island Nation, and perhaps we are too quick to jump on a plane and head off to ‘somewhere more interesting’! The UK coastline is magnificent and I, for one, can’t wait to get sailing around the British Isles.”So says Captain Darren.
A Challenge for All
The safety of everyone is top priority and so every activity is conducted at a pace comfortable for all. The forces of nature show no compromise and Tenacious is still a powerful square rigger so with main course, upper and lower topsails traditionally rigged so there is still considerable challenge in every voyage. Perhaps going aloft (climbing the rigging is optional) will be the biggest adrenalin buzz or simply the challenge and rewards of being part of a very special floating community.
The Buddy System on Tenacious
On Board Tenacious we operate a buddy system, which pairs able bodied and physically disabled people together. Everyone is there to help one another and share the experience, so the buddy system works both ways! You’ll get the chance to share skills and life experiences and, as many of our crew have found, make friendships that can last a lifetime.
TENACIOUS has many facilities to enable physically disabled crew to work alongside their able-bodied shipmates, without taking away the element of challenge.
The bowsprit has a walkway so everyone can enjoy that spell binding moment when the dolphins come to play in the bow wave, or you just want to get that classic shot of a square rigger under full sail.
The ship has large ships boats with metal floors so we can get everybody ashore for a beach barbeque or to explore more remote locations where the ship can only anchor. In bigger ports the ships gangways can cope with most waterfronts, but sometimes wheelchair forays ashore require a bit of teamwork.
Specific built-in features include:
• Wide, flat decks with lifts between them.
• Fully adjustable helmsman’s seat, which is fitted with a seat belt.
• For visually impaired voyage crew:
• An audio compass
• A guidance track around most of the upper deck to keep you central
• Arrows on most handrails pointing to the bow
• Tactile strips at the tops of companionways (stairs) and bright coloured edging
• Bright track radar screen.
• For deaf and hearing impaired voyage crew:
• Berths are fitted with vibrator pads connected to the alarm bells and alarm lights circuit.
• Both ships are fitted with induction loops.
Below decks there are bunks in the fo’c’sle for the majority of the crew, and eight cabins amidships for wheelchair users and their buddies. Bathrooms on board have specifically designed toilets and showers for those with more severe disabilities.
Accommodation below has heating and air conditioning. There are hot showers, points for electric shavers, toothbrushes and hair driers.
Bar on Board
Tenacious is a very sociable ship and the bar is often a focal point for events in port. At sea you can buy alcoholic drinks if you are not on watch or about to go and handle sails or climb the rigging.
There is also a large mess room for meals or where you can write a diary or perhaps enjoy a board game.
Tenacious is well fitted with a messroom, fully equipped galley, workshop, library plus a well-stocked bar.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.
We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
London and the Thames
Joining is often near the Waterfront Leisure Centre. Your ship will give you clear instructions.
For Joining Morgenster, use the ship’s tracker to help you meet the ship on the day: Where is Morgenster Now?
For Joining Oosterschelde, use the ship’s tracker to help you meet the ship on the day: Where is Oosterschelde Now?
For Joining Lord Nelson or Tenacious, Canary Wharf is the likely joining location. The ship’s office will contact you directly with exact joining notes once they are known.
She often berths on the Downriver side of the Tower Bridge.
Travel to and from the start and end port
Towels - You will need to bring your own towels (including one for swimming if you plan to swim)
Please keep personal gear to a minimum as there is very limited stowage space.
Clothing - What to wear
It can be noticeably cooler at sea than on land, especially at night. So come prepared. Also, please bring enough clothing for the duration of the voyage as we are not able to do personal washing for you, except on ocean passage voyages.
Shoes - Soft soled shoes – deck shoes or trainers. In warm weather, sandals are fine, but not flip-flops.
Gloves - You will be handling ropes so sailing or other non-slip gloves will be useful.
UK AND EUROPE SUMMER VOYAGES/ CANARIES
Fleece/warm sweater, sweat shirts, warm hat
Jeans/Trousers (+a pair for mess duty)
Shorts, T Shirts
Shower proof jacket/sailing jacket
Sun Hat, Sun Screen
You may want to bring some warmer clothes in early/late season
Thin fleece/light sweater
Shorts, T Shirts, Tops
Thin trousers and long sleeve shirts/blouses (in case of sunburn)
Long trousers plus closed front shoes for mess duty
High factor sun screen, mosquito repellent
Thin shower proof jacket
On voyages from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, you may require a few
items of warmer clothing at the start.
PASSAGE VOYAGES (e.g.UK-CANARIES, CANARIES-UK, BERMUDA-UK)
These voyages are in the spring and autumn so the weather can be cold.
Jeans, Trousers (you will need long trousers for mess duty)
Warm hat, scarf, gloves
Long Johns, vests, T shirts
Warm shower proof jacket/sailing jacket
Remember that several thinner layers are warmer than one thick one!
Flip-flops are not considered suitable footwear on board ship, though sandals may be appropriate in hot weather.
• Passport (Even voyages with UK departure and arrival ports usually call into at least one foreign port during a voyage)
• Joining Instructions from Tenacious Ship's Office (please leave a copy with your next of kin)
•Your return air ticket if you are joining or leaving the ship outside the UK. (Antigua will not allow you into the country without an air ticket out or proof of your means of departure. Your joining instructions are your proof.)
•Tall Ship Guide and Logbook
• You must bring enough to last the duration of your voyage and your journey. If you are flying to join the ship we suggest you pack your medicines in your hand baggage – but please check current airport security regulations.
• Earplugs/Eye mask, If you think your sleep might be disturbed by the noise of the generator engine or lights.
• Spectacles/ Sunglasses with a cord to keep them safe.
• Enough for the whole voyage.
• High factor sun cream
• Mosquito repellent.
There are 240v UK sockets for razors and hairdryers
• Sterling – to use in the bar for drinks, crisps, chocolate and to buy souvenirs in the shop (including JST clothing etc.)
• UK Voyages usually call into a European port so you will need Euros
•Canary Island Voyages – Euros
•Caribbean Voyages – US$, East Caribbean $ and Euros (many of the
Caribbean Islands are French)
•For countries outside the EU – local currency
•On leaving the Caribbean you may be charged $50EC departure tax
at the airport.
•On board we only accept Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards although
we would prefer cheques (sterling only)
•We DO NOT accept: debit cards, Solo or Maestro on board
DO NOT BRING
• Valuables – we do not have any lockable spaces on board.
• Suitcases or rigid bags – your personal possessions must be brought in soft bags for ease of stowing.
A bucket list ambition to sail on a square Rigger was met. No problem with me being 72 and some mobility issues. John
What was the best bit? Experiencing life on a tall ship and what it must have been like for sailors In the past. R. Waters
The best bit was setting the sails. The voyage had a good mix of sailing and ashore. I sailed because it was part of my Bucket List. The Captain and crew, the food, accommodation and safety briefing were all excellent. Kenneth C.
5 stars - I found a ship (Tenacious) on your site that was sailing from Auckland to the Falklands. I jumped at the chance and now can say with a bit of pride that I have sailed around Cape Horn on a square rigger. WOW and THANKS for your site." Classic Sailing Facebook. Mike N.
I was on board the Tenacious with Mates4Mate
s when it sailed from Brisbane to Sydney. After getting over some seasicknes s, I had the time of my life. From climbing to the top of the main mast, helping to brace the yards and set the sails, helping stow away the sails, and helping out in the kitchen. It was a mind blowing experience that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. William H.
Made me think about my life in a hole new light . I came out of hospital after a double fracture to the skull & a bleed on brain , feeling sorry myself when I was helped other people on the ship , people in wheelchairs & other disabilities I give myself a kick up the arse an thought wake up Vinnie you haven't such a bad injury have you?Thank you JST Clan" Vinnie S J
I Recently returned to Florida from a three week voyage on Tenacious, sailing from Panama to Costa Rica. Exceeded all my expectations by a long shot. Fun, hard work, and great food. Beautiful and educational adventures ashore, along with wonderful friendships with a diverse crew. I feel totally rejuvenated. Try it!" Ernest R C
I am wheelchair bound and went on the Tenacious on Saturday. It was absolutely fantastic, to learn the ins and outs of a sailing. All the crew were so helpful and accommodating. Would do it again definitely. " Troy W from Melbourne, Australia
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