Tall Ship sailing
Sailing on a Tall Ship at sea promises to be an adventure. The Falmouth Royal Greenwich Regatta fleet will be taking part in the Race sailing from Falmouth to the Isle of Wight, before cruising with all the other Tall Ships to Royal Greenwich in the heart of London where you will be welcomed by thousands of people lining the River Thames.
As a trainee you’ll experience the joy of sailing a Tall Ship. You’ll be part of a team helping the ship make her voyage by setting sails, climbing the rigging, steering a compass course and much more.
You’ll feel a sense of achievement on arriving in a new port, unlike the beach holiday or city break you may have been planning, plus you’ll certainly make new friends and perhaps have conquered some fears along the way.
In addition, recent research undertaken with young Tall Ship trainees has proved that sailing on a Tall Ship has other benefits including increased social confidence and an ability to work with others. Certainly worthwhile adding to your CV!
Vessels taking part
46 Tall Ships and sail training vessels have signed up to take part in this spectacular event and will depart Falmouth bound for Greenwich, including more than 11 of the magnificent ‘Class-A’ Tall Ships (i.e. large square rigged vessels or those greater than 40 metres in length).
There will be a number of yachts (non square riggers) taking part, which will also be looking for trainee crew. The smaller crew and family atmosphere on these vessels may be ideal for younger trainees or if you are a bit shy and unsure of yourself. Under the experienced guidance of the professional crew, you will soon be taking the helm and setting sails as a valued member of the team. The smaller vessels are also ideal for youth groups that want to sail together.
We will supply you with all the information you need to select the right ship for you. You will then be responsible for contacting the ship regarding trainee places and fees. If you decide to take part in the Regatta you will need to make a booking direct with your chosen ship or their booking agent.
Each Ship has a different daily rate and we estimate that it will be between £70 and £100 per day. This rate will include your berth, food and drink, wet weather gear and other safety equipment (please ask exactly what is included when making your booking – each Ship may differ).
If you decide to take part in the Regatta you will be responsible for booking and payment direct with your chosen Tall Ship and for organising and paying for all other travel arrangements e.g. return travel from London.
If you would like to take part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta you will need to raise the funds in order to pay for the trip.
There may be some extra sources of funding to help you reach the total amount needed, especially for disadvantaged and young people, these sources of funds may include;
- Spin Tail Award for travel expenses
- European Social Fund
- Jubilee Sailing Trust
- Job Centre Plus
Further funding oppotunities can be found here:
UK Sail Training
If you can’t take part in the Regatta for any reason, Sail Training adventures in the UK happen all year round on nearly 50 different vessels. Whether you are part of a youth group, on a school trip or just want to experience adventure and make new friends, there is a Sail Training organisation near you to help you make it happen. Details about Sail Training and the organisations you can sail with are on www.uksailtraining.co.uk