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Join Tall Ship Blue Clipper on this hands on practical sailing adventure. Become a member of crew for this 8 night sail from Newcastle to Falmouth learning all the skills necessary to sail a 3 masted Schooner. By the end of the journey you should be able to steer the ship, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in the day to day duties on board.
To enquire about this voyage please click the ‘BOOK NOW’ button below and you will be re-directed to our booking agent VentureSail Holidays where you can make an enquiry. VentureSail manage all our holiday voyages and the team at the office are available on 01872 487288 if you have any question
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If you would like to book a place on this voyage, please leave your details and someone will get back to you to provide booking information.
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 describe, 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. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.
Set sail from Ullapool to Newcastle on this 8 night classic hands on sailing adventure.
During this trip we want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. We will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction! The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles.
There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won’t be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or ‘bear away’ and all the things that make going on board a yacht a bit bewildering and intimidating.
Previous experience :
None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.
It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keel boat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board.
Skills that you will cherish:
Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails.
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails. Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards. Handling warps. Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.
Fire precautions and fighting.
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire. Knowledge of the action taken in the event of fire.
Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with the rules for wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.
Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.
Can operate distress flares and knows how they should be used. Understands how to launch and board a liferaft.
Manners and customs
Understands the accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed alongside. Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment.
Rules of the Road
Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea.
Understands and complies with loading rules. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars.
Awareness of forecasting and the Beaufort Scale.
Working efficiency unaffected/ partially affected / severely affected by seasickness (delete as applicable).
Helmsmanship and Sailing.
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing. Can steer a compass course, under sail and motor.
Newcastle is easily accessible by Road, Rail and Air.
A network of major roads including the A1 and the A69 West.
Direct routes available from London, Edinburgh and Leeds to name a few with Northern Rail, Trans-pennine Express and London North Eastern Railway.
Newcastle International Airport provides superb links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond with direct flights to and from over 80 destinations. When arriving at Newcastle Airport, you will find a number of transport options to take you into Newcastle city centre, Gateshead, the Coast and the surrounding areas of Northumberland.
Travel by Road
Travel to Falmouth is a very straight forward by road, rail or by air. By road, once you reach Exeter you then have a lovely drive down the newly improved A30 taking in stunning scenery over Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Then follow the A39 via Truro and onto Falmouth.
Travel by Public Transport
By rail, Falmouth is very well served with a branch line linking directly to the main line at Truro. Great Western Railway
By air, you can fly to Newquay airport from numerous locations throughout the UK and some European locations and then take a taxi ride from the airport to Falmouth.