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26/3/17

Tall ship named sailor of the year

We are delighted to advise that the R. Tucker Thompson has been awarded the Northland Regional Council's Sailor of the Year Award

As the media noted, it's not every day that a ship gets awarded the Sailor of the Year, but then the R. Tucker Thompson is no ordinary ship. The award has been given in recognition of the work we have done with more than 1,300 youngsters over the past 10 years, helping them develop life skills, build resilience and growing their confidence. It is they who are all the sailors of the year, so we salute them. 

We have been particularly proud that as a Trust we've able to work with schools throughout the region, large and small, urban and rural as well as Kura, State and Private schools.  

We acknowledge the extremely hard working teachers who have helped us reach the students and in some cases, encourage and coax them to seize the opportunity. For some, that has meant driving the students to the ship to step on board. We also acknowledge the crew over the years that have contributed to this success as they are the ones that have worked with the sail trainees on board the ship. They have delivered voyages in challenging weather, with a wide range of trainees of differing ability and backgrounds. Our programmes continue to develop, and this year we are introducing a financial literacy component alongside our sailing, safety, navigation and environmental modules. 

For those of you have supported us, particularly those who have financially assisted, it is thanks to you that we have been able to run the voyages in the first place. A huge thank you belongs to you!

The full media article can be found here

We are of course still enrolling students and still seeking funding so if you know a young person who would benefit from a 7-day voyage, please get in touch. If you'd like to sponsor a child or make a contribution towards a place, we'd love to hear from you.

http://tucker.co.nz

 

20/3/17

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FIRST EVER VOYAGE TO CHATHAM ISLANDS

October 28 – 12 November Napier – Chatham’s – Auckland

Bookings Now Open

 

Know any young sailors looking for a true blue sailing experience? – Direct them to the Spirit of New Zealand’s very first trip to the Chatham Islands – A blue sea voyage designed for past Trainees or those with reasonable sailing experience aged 17 to 24 years old.

Lonely Planet describes the Chatham’s as "an isolated, mysterious and wild group of islands, very much off the beaten track." Located 500nm off Christchurch and first to see the sun– it is a sea voyage many adventurers dream of. 

 

To find out more and request an Application Pack please email Julia Bryant    

 

2017-03-264/10/16

Esmeralda Visiting Australia and New Zealand

In 2016 the tall ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda of the Chilean Navy is undertaking her 61st training cruise and will visit both Australia and New Zealand. Esmeralda is a steel-hulled four-masted barquentine with 298 crew, is 113m long and has a mast height of 48.5m.

On Thursday 3 November Esmeralda will arrive at Sydney Heads at 9:00 am, and will be escorted to Garden Island by a fleet of vessels including the NSW fire tug and the Tall Ships Southern Swan , South Passage and James Craig . Esmeralda is expected to fire a 13 gun salute. 

Book a ticket to board one of the tall ships for a harbour sail and escort Esmeralda into Sydney, or bring your vessel out for this spectacular event.

Esmeralda will be open to the general public at Garden Island for free tours on deck on the following days:
Fri 4 Nov, 11:00-18:00
Sat 5 Nov, 11:00-18:00
Sun 6 Nov, 14:00-18:00

There is also a special "Tour Below Decks" for AUSTA Members - contact AUSTA to join and book a tour!

After visiting Australia, Esmeralda will sail to Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary celebration, from 17–23 November 2016.  

 

26/6/16

Tenacious from Jubilee Sailing Trust Australia

Your opportunity is here for life-changing adventure no matter what your physical ability.

 Tenacious, the world’s largest operating wooden vessel, is on her way to Australia reaching Sydney 27th July, with a full programme from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Geelong. She is run by Jubilee Sailing Trust Australia a globally-unique, UN-accredited not-for-profit using the adventure of tall ship sailing to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances – especially between the physically disabled and able-bodied.

 You can join us for a day sail, a quick round trip or a longer passage voyage, see the full 2016/17 voyage programme online at www.jst.org.au  or email

 Tenacious was purpose built with special design features that enable people living with a disability to become an independent part of the whole crew. Whether or not you live with a physical disability, you will come away from a voyage on Tenacious changed for the better with a greater understanding of what the world should really look like.  

 Since the early days the JST has provided never-to-forget adventures to almost 50,000 people, including 5,579 wheelchair users; 1,913 people who are blind, and 1,676 with cerebral palsy. 

On Wed 27 July, experience the rare opportunity to sail in company with the globally unique Tenacious, the largest operating wooden vessel in the world and the second purpose built tall ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust Australia (JST) to enable crew with disability to sail alongside their counterparts as equals. 

Be there to welcome and greet Tenacious as she enters Sydney Heads at 10am and sails Sydney Harbour onboard Soren Larsen or James Craig tall ships.  The public are invited to bring their vessels out too.

Tenacious is the 'sister ship' to Lord Nelson run by JST. Whilst the Lord Nelson was being built, Soren Larsen started the JST sailing program for their initial 3 years prior to joining the First Fleet Re-enactment. This historic event will be the first time Tenacious and Soren Larsen have seen each other and sailed together.  

 

24/5/16

AUSTA Member Operator Windeward Bound has released their latest newsletter Read their AUTUMN NEWS here. 

 

Windeward Bound

 

 

8/12/15

3 Foreign Tall Ships are visiting Oz/NZ in 2015-2016 - Guayas (Ecuador), Tenacious UK & Esmeralda (Chile)

1) Guayas from the Ecuadorian Navy

· Perth Mon 21 - Fri 25 Dec 2015
· Sydney Jan Fri 8 - Mon 11, 2016. berthing at ANMM
· Wellington Sun 17 - Thu 21 Jan, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAE_Guayas_(BE-21)
http://www.armada.mil.ec/armada/quienes-somos/

2) Tenacious from the UK
Voyages :-
· Fiji to Sydney, Wed 29 June to Sat 30 July, 2016 (32 days, TNS463)
· Sydney to Melbourne, Sun 7 Aug to Tue 16 Aug, 2016 (10 days, TNS464)
Then she’s intending to stay about 6-9 months in Oz
http://jst.org.uk/voyage-filter/...
http://tallshipsvictoria.org/welcome-jubilee-sailing-trust/

3) Esmeralda from the Chilean Navy, 61st Training Cruise (2016)
· Sydney, 2 - 6 Nov, 10 visits
· Sailing 10 days
· Invitation to visit Auckland (New Zealand), 17 - 23 Nov, 9 visits
Esmeralda has been invited to participate in the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esmeralda_(BE-43)
http://www.esmeralda.cl/.../site/edic/base/port/inicio.html

 

10/5/15

Opportunties to Sail Overseas

If you're looking for an opportunity for some great sailing experiences, Tomidi Sail Charters has spots available. 

Tomidi's 2015 Spring Highlights

Ascension 14 - 17/05 LONDON: 6 places left for quick deciders.

Whitsun 23 - 25/05 Pas de Calais 

Oostende voor Anker 28 - 31/05

Half day / day trips near the Belgian and Dutch Coast along with the Tall Ships.

Make a group with your friends at 35 € per 4 h./person or come with your company.

For the Sail Trainers
 
The Tomidi Tall Ships Races 2015 Sail Bremerhaven 2015 & Sail Amsterdam 2015   22/06 - 25/08

Cheap Tomidi hints for Trainees to participate in a Tall Ship Race!

  1. Thanks to the generosity of the Sultanate of Oman you can get a bursary up to 500 €. How? Go tohttp://www.sailtraininginternational.org/get-on-board/oman-bursary- , download the formhttp://www.sailtraininginternational.org/_uploads/documents/2015-SULTANATE-OF-OMAN-APPLICATION-FORM-2.docx on the right hand side of the web page (of course fill in Tomidi as your preferred Tall Ship), fill it in and send it to Mrs. Esther Tibbs   .
  2. Conditions: having reached the age of 15/not having reached the age of 26 by the start of the event. You can receive the bursary only once in your life.
  3. Thanks to the Host Country Members Bursary you can get a bursary. How? Go to the STA-B site http://www.we-sail.com/user/register  and leave your message.
  4. Thanks to the FIPRA Bursary you can get a bursary. How? Go to the STA-B site  http://www.we-sail.com/user/register  and leave your message.

Cell +32-475/27.47.62 

28/10/14 

 AUSTA commemorates the life of a dedicated member of the Australian sail training community

The AUSTA community commemorates the life of Walter (Wally) Mounster a dedicated and long serving member of the sail training fraternity. Wally served in many capacities across a number of vessels in the AUSTA fleet including Dyfken and the Endeavour Replica. Wally passed away on 22 October 2014.

MOUNSTER, Walter Edward (WALLY). 22.2.1937 22.10.2014 Loved husband of Robyn, loving brother to Claire, loved father of Bruce, David and Lee, father-in-law of Helen and April. Loved Poppy of Ashlee and Riley. 
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a service to celebrate the life of Mr Walter Edward 'Wally' Mounster, which will be held at our Chapel and Crematorium, 71 Letitia Street, North Hobart, on Wednesday (October 29, 2014) commencing at 3.00 pm. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Wally, please donate to The Cancer Council.

13/08/14

AUSTA Members set to represent Australia & New Zealand at the international conference.

AUSTA is proud to announce that the following members have been successful in their application and have been selected to receive a bursary to supplement travel costs of travel from Australia/New Zealand to Spain to attend the STI Annual Conference being held in La Çoruna, Spain 14-15 November 2014. Each Bursary Recipient will receive ₤800

  • Stuart Birnie - STANZ
  • Murray Henstock - AUSTA
  • Robyn Elkington - STAQ
  • Mal Riley - Lady Nelson
  • Phill Woodgate - STAQ

We wish them the best of luck and know they will represent AUSTA, New Zealand and Australia well. We look forward to their report upon their return.

 

22/04/14

 Barque "Picton Castle” sailing ship crew professional development apprenticeship 2014-2015* Sailing around the world.

The Barque PICTON CASTLE, the world voyaging sail training ship, is offering a rare sea training opportunity for young aspiring seafarers intending to sail professionally.

 

This is a chance to sail before the mast and learn all that one can as serving as crew in a proven square rigged sailing ship, a faithful recreation of age of sail deep-water commercial sailing ships from the time when they reached their highest development.

  • Build up ocean square-rig sea-time
  • Add tonnage to your sea-service record
  • Make rare, long blue water, deep sea passages under sail
  • Enrich skill sets in ship rigging, sailmaking, navigation, ship-handling, tacking & wearing, bracing, anchor handling, extensive small boat handling, engine room skills, damage control and more
  • Sail the South Pacific Ocean,  the Torres Strait, the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, the South Atlantic, the coast of Africa, transatlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic

Starting in July, the Picton Castle will continue with her sixth world circumnavigation voyage, making calls at the South Pacific islands of Fiji and throughout Vanuatu before sailing from the Pacific Ocean into the Indian Ocean between Australia and Papua New Guinea.  After a port visit at Bali comes one of the longest passages as we take about a month to sail across the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues and Reunion, Madagascar and Mozambique.  Catch the Agulhas current around the Cape of Good Hope, then put in at the storied port of Cape Town, South Africa.  Great trade wind sailing awaits in the South Atlantic as we visit Namibia and St. Helena, then return to the African coast at Senegal and Cape Verde.  Sail transatlantic to the Caribbean and enjoy the islands, then sail north to Savannah, USA where Picton Castle will meet up with the fleet of tall ships to sail the east coast of the USA and Canada in the summer of 2015. 

This opportunity is for serious and dedicated mariners. This is open to mariners who have their STCW Basic Safety Training and a minimum of three months sea time; or have graduated from a recognized marine training institute; or have a minimum of six (6) months sea time in recognized sail training ships or sailing ships.

A minimum time commitment of one full leg of the voyage is required.

  • Leg 1 – Suva, Fiji to Bali – July 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014 – $3,510 CAD
  • 
Leg 2 – Bali to Cape Town, South Africa – October 1, 2014 to January 3, 2015 – $3,645 CAD

  • Leg 3 – Cape Town to Cape Verde – January 3, 2015 to March 20, 2015 – $2,970 CAD

  • Leg 4 – Cape Verde to Savannah, USA – March 20, 2015 to May 21, 2015 – $2,430 CAD
  • Full voyage – Suva, Fiji to Savannah, USA – July 1, 2014 to May 21, 2015 – $12,555 CAD

The Barque PICTON CASTLE is a riveted steel traditional medium clipper barque rigged sailing ship, with single compartment subdivision, outfitted and equipped to a high international standard in safety, fire-fighting, rescue and communications gear with exceptional stability sea-keeping characteristics.


Daniel Moreland – Captain Barque PICTON CASTLE
Website www.picton-castle.com

Download the flyer from here. 


To pursue this contact Maggie Ostler; Voyage Coordinator  at   and (+1)902-634-9984

Barque PICTON CASTLE,
PO Box 1076,
Lunenburg
Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0,
Canada

WELCOME ABOARD!  

 

21/04/14

“Antwerp Flyer” still has some places available on board during this year's Tall Ship Races.

 

Antwerp Flyer is a 90 foot sloop rigged yacht with perfect sailing capabilities. On board of Antwerp Flyer you get the real racing experience combined with all the necessary luxury.

We can accommodate 21 people, have a professional styled kitchen and both outside an inside steering. 
Antwerp Flyer started participating in the Tall ships Races in 2000 under the command off Geert Vandendriessche (Skipper and owner).
 
Watch the Video here at Youtube. Download the information here. 

 

 

Antwerp Flyer
Crew Working

 

 


 

 

 

 05/03/14

 SV Rhona H“SV Rhona H” is coming to Cygnet via D'Entrecasteaux Channel for the Port Cygnet Sailing Club 150th Anniversary Regatta March 7-10th
There are several ways you can join SV Rhona H for a unique sailing experience with other Tall Ships “Yukon”, “Julie Burgess” and “The Lady Nelson”.

 

Route

 The Whole Weekend: Friday 7th to Monday the 10th
Depart Hobart on the evening of Friday the 7th to sail down to the Channel (near Woodbridge) where we anchor overnight. You then stay on for the whole weekend (all of the below) departing SV Rhona H Monday evening in Hobart.
All meals included, Cost $400.

Saturday the 8th
Get on SV Rhona H at Woodbridge Jetty at 9 AM and then join the other Tall Ships and sail the 50 kilometres through the beautiful D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Cygnet.  Arrive in Cygnet between 3 and 5pm (depending on the wind).   
Cost $80 (lunch included).

Sunday the 9th
Join SV Rhona H at Cygnet at 1030 and then with the other Tall Ships sail a course around Huon Island.  Arriving back in Cygnet around 4pm. Cost $80 (lunch included).

Monday the 10th
Option 1: Depart Cygnet at 0900 with the other Tall Ships, and sail the 50 kilometres through the beautiful D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Woodbridge arriving mid-afternoon
Cost $80 (lunch included).
Option 2: Stay on SV Rhona H and sail all the way back to Hobart arriving in Hobart during the evening Cost $120 (Lunch included).

For bookings: call 0407169623 or email
www.headwaves.com.au or www.rhonah.com.au


 

04/03/14

 South PassageCrew wanted. Sail on South Passage in the 2014 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
18th to 20th April, 2014

South Passage has a limited number of race crew berths available in the 2014 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Take the helm. Feel the wind in your hair. Have fun. Challenge yourself. Attend the post-race celebrations. Create lasting memories. Do something for yourself. Whatever your motivation, this is a unique opportunity to sail in one of Australia’s classic blue water yacht races. 

Unbelievable value at only $1,150.00 per berth. You will receive a day’s training on sailing South Passage, a pre-race evening river cruise on the Brisbane River, the race itself including all on board meals and a fantastic post-race dinner in Gladstone.

For details on how you can participate visit www.southpassage.org.au or phone (07) 3893 3777

For more information download the flyer here. 

 

26/01/14

 Sail Training Volunteer of the Year is awarded OAM

 Robyn Elkington OAM is not only the International Sail Training Volunteer of the Year for 2013 she is also now the proud recipient of one of Australia's highest honours. The Medal of the Order of Australia General Division.

On January 26 2014 Robyn Elkington was announced as a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to youth. As a founder member and long serving volunteer for the Queensland Sail Training Association and the tall ship South Passage, Robyn has devoted a great deal of time, energy and hard work over the years delivering personal development opportunities to Australian Youth. 

AUSTA would like to recognise and congratulate Robyn on her outstanding achievement and well deserved recognition.

 

 

26/11/13

Barque PICTON CASTLE Sailing Ship Crew Professional Development

Apprenticeship 2013-14 * Sailing the South Pacific Ocean

The Barque PICTON CASTLE, the world voyaging sail training ship, is offering a rare sea training opportunity for young aspiring seafarers intending to sail professionally.

This is a chance to sail before the mast and learn all that one can as serving as crew in a proven square rigged sailing ship, a faithful recreation of age of sail deep-water commercial sailing ships from the time when they reached their highest development.

Build up ocean square-rig sea-time
Add tonnage to your sea-service record.
Make rare, long blue water, deep sea passages under sail.
Enrich skill sets in ship rigging, sailmaking, navigation, ship-handling, tacking & wearing, bracing, anchor handling, extensivesmall boat handling, engine-room skills, damage control and more.
Sailing across the South Pacific, putting into and visiting legendary islands and ports of the South Pacific Ocean.

 

In December the Barque PICTON CASTLE sails from New Zealand bound 3,000 miles for Pitcairn Island deep in South Pacific. From there she sails to and puts in at Mangareva, Gambier Islands of French Polynesia and on towards Nuku Hiva and islands of the Marquesas, then Takaora and islands in the Tuamotu Archipelago, on towards Papeete Tahiti, Moorea,Huahine and Bora Bora of the Society Islands before sailing to Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

This opportunity is for serious and dedicated mariners. This is open tomariners who have their STCW Basic Safety Training and a minimum of three months sea-time; or have graduated from a recognized marine training institute; or have a minimum of six (6) months sea-time in recognized sail training ships or sailing ships.

A minimum time commitment of two months is required.

December 3 to February 1: New Zealand – Marquesas: $2,295 CAD - $2,193 US - $2,657 NZ

December 3 to May 3: New Zealand – Fiji: $5,805 CAD – $5,547 US - $6,721 NZ

February 1 to May 3: Marquesas – Fiji: $3,510 CAD - $3,354 US - $4,063 NZ

The Barque PICTON CASTLE is a riveted steel traditional medium clipper barque rigged sailing ship, with single compartment subdivision, outfitted and equipped to a high international standard in safety, fire-fighting, rescue and communications gear with exceptional stability sea-keeping characteristics.

Daniel Moreland – Captain Barque PICTON CASTLE

Website www.picton-castle.com

To pursue this contact Maggie Ostler; Voyage Coordinator - at   and (+1)902-634-9984

            Barque PICTON CASTLE, PO Box 1076, Lunenburg Nova Scotia, B0J-2C0, Canada

WELCOME ABOARD! 

 

 

01/10/13

 

Leeuwin Volunteers to Receive AUSTA Medallions

Two deserving Leeuwin volunteers have been awarded AUSTA Medallions for 2013 presented at the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation's annual Spirit of Leeuwin awards night. 

 

Two deserving Leeuwin volunteers have been awarded AUSTA medallions for 2013 presented at the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation’s annual Spirit of Leeuwin awards night.

Each year since 2001 AUSTA has awarded personal achievement medallions to each operating member, recognising the efforts of people involved with sail training in two categories. Last week Peter Graham and Chloe Hosking were awarded the medallions for 2013 at the event.

Peter Graham, long term Leeuwin volunteer, was awarded the AUSTA medallion for a person of any age who has shown outstanding personal achievement either on board or in support of the organisations vessel.

STS Leeuwin II Captain Sarah Robinson said, “Peter is a man who doesn’t let his age get in the way of his outstanding contribution to the Leeuwin’s youth development program.”


“He commits to at least one voyage per month as a Watch Leader, is always willing to shuffle his personal schedule around to make Leeuwin a priority and we often place trainee watch leaders under his guidance.”


“This volunteer’s presence aboard any voyage makes the voyage sail that much smoother.”


A medallion was also awarded to Chloe Hosking in recognition of a young person 16 to 23 years old who has shown outstanding personal achievement while undertaking a voyage.


“Chloe has shown great progression this year and worked very hard over many voyages to get her Watch Leader rating,” said Captain Robinson.


“She shows hard work, enthusiasm and dedication towards everything she contributes to at Leeuwin and is always willing to go the extra mile.”


Both winners were formally recognised at the annual Spirit of Leeuwin awards ceremony last month.

For more information or interviews contact Ashleigh Tapper on 0424 659 598
Image: Leeuwin AUSTA medallion winners: Chloe Hosking and Peter Graham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall ships create maritime spectacle in Hobart

A fireworks display has welcomed tall ships from around Australia and as far away as England to Hobart's waterfront, which is hosting a five-day festival.

The Sydney-based Young Endeavour was the first to sail into Sullivan's Cove, after a group of tall ships spent the night off Tasmania's south coast near Bruny Island.

The ships are part of a fleet of eight taking part in the Tall Ships Festival, which is expected to attract up to 50,000 people to Hobart's waterfront.

Hundreds of people gathered to greet the fleet.

As well as local ships the Lady Nelson and Windeward Bound, there is also one which has come all the way from Southampton in the UK.

The event director, Paul Cullen, says it is the first time the Lord Nelson and Lady Nelson ships have been in harbour together.

"Emma Hamilton is a local yacht and that happens to be in the harbour as well, the historical significance of course being that Emma Hamilton was a bit of a problem between Lord Nelson and Lady Nelson," he joked.

Lord Mayor Damon Thomas says the ships are creating a buzz on the waterfront.

"Given Hobart's strong and long lasting maritime history, Hobart has been a sail city since its beginning in 1804," he said.

Waterfront teeming with volunteers

Mr Cullen says more than 160 volunteers will be out in force over the weekend, helping with entertainment, activities and displays.

"This is probably the best thing about Hobart is the volunteers turn out in their hundreds," he said.

"We sent out a call to people who wanted to get involved and help us put this production on, 160 volunteers are signed up and they're everywhere on the site, you'll see them in their yellow vests."

The ships will be docked in Hobart for the next five days before heading to Sydney for the Australian Navy's centenary celebrations next month.

 

Unique British tall ship, Lord Nelson, bids farewell to Melbourne and sets sail for Tasmania

British tall ship, Lord Nelson, has set sail from Williamstown, Victoria, bound for Hobart, Tasmania, after taking part in the week-long Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival.

 The unique 55-metre square rigger, which is one of only two ships in the world accessible to disabled and able bodied sailors, took centre stage at the event along with eight other Australian and international tall ships. Tens of thousands of visitors passed through the gates, many of them climbing on board to take a look around Lord Nelson.

 Sunshine broke through the cloud as the ship slipped away from the dock this morning to sail in company with the other tall ships to the east of Port Phillip Bay to Capel Sound, where she will anchor overnight before passing through the Heads and out into the Bass Strait at approximately 10am local time tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

 During the week Lord Nelson, which is owned and operated by UK charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, played host to children from North Altona Primary School, as well as a number of corporate fundraising events and, on Thursday, headed up a stunning parade of sail as all of the ships headed out into Port Phillip Bay for the day.

 Australian Paralympic sailor, Michael McClean, who won Gold at the Sydney 2000 games, took the helm to dock Lord Nelson as she came back alongside and was on the dock to wave her off to Tasmania this morning.

 Michael, who also climbed the mast during the day sail, has been the festival liaison for Lord Nelson for the duration of the event.

 “Having the experience, even on a day sail, just to go out there and climb up to the first platform, was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping out. My job was just to do whatever Captain Barbara needed, and hopefully I’ve done that well for everybody,” he said.

 Visibly moved as he spoke about ‘Nellie’ and the opportunities the ship offers, Michael explained, “The first thing that comes to my mind is: how does someone think, ‘Let’s build a tall ship that’s accessible to wheelchairs?’ And then to put it into practice as well… I think it’s just a fabulous experience and probably the highlight is the way that the crew that are on board treat people with disabilities. You come on board and you’re just one of the crew and that’s kind of what I like about sailing: you’re just a sailor, there’s no special things done for you, so I think it’s absolutely brilliant.”

 Thursday’s parade of sail was the first time that the Australian tall ship, Young Endeavour, and Lord Nelson, both designed by renowned British naval architect, Colin Mudie, had sailed together since 1987, when Young Endeavour departed UK waters for Australia as a gift to the nation from the British Government to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988.

 Lord Nelson has been a hit with the crowds who have come in their droves to visit the ships during their stay in Williamstown.

 The Master of Lord Nelson, Captain Barbara Campbell, said, “It’s been manic – there’s been so much to do. I don’t think there’s been a day when I haven’t either given a speech about the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a talk, or a slide presentation. People are genuinely very interested. Someone said they didn’t know that this area had so many people with disabilities who came flocking down to the ships to see them, and especially us. The weekends were really busy, the evenings were crowded, so there’s been a huge amount of interest and it has been a great event.”

 There are a number of Tasmanians on board for the voyage from Melbourne to Hobart, among them Matthew Holland from Devonport.

 Matthew, who is in the Royal Australian Air Force explains, “My Flight Sergeant asked if I’d be interested in doing it and as soon as I found out it was going to Tasmania I said yes. I thought it would be an awesome opportunity.”

 More used to dealing with fast planes in his role as ground crew for the RAAF’s Roulettes aerobatic team, Matthew has a few concerns about setting sail into the unknown on a 55-metre ship.

 “I do get seasick but I think I’ve talked myself into it – two days ago I started feeling sick! It’s alright at the moment while we’re alongside, but we’ll see.”

 Laughing, he adds, “I wasn’t too happy about the brief we just had about going down the west coast because being a Tassie boy I’ve been to the west coast and I know how rough it is. I’ve been on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry a few times and I’ve always said that’s the smallest boat I want to cross the Bass Strait in, but we’ll see how we go.”

 Lord Nelson’s crew brings together people from all walks of life, most of whom have never met each other before and the same is true of the voyage from Melbourne to Hobart where the crew comprises a mix of nationalities.

 “I’ve never met anyone on board before,” confirms Matthew. “There’s one other person on board from Sale from the Air Force as well and I met him for the first time today.”

 Matthew is one of a number of Australian Defence Force personnel joining Lord Nelson in Melbourne for the voyages to Tasmania and on to Sydney.

 Next month Lord Nelson will take part in the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney. The invitation to the RAN centenary celebrations was the catalyst for Lord Nelson’s two-year circumnavigation, the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, which aims to promote inclusion and equality in each of the 30 ports of call on the 50,000-mile voyage.

 Norton Rose Fulbright, which has five offices in Australia, including one in Melbourne, is supporting this unique global voyage under their banner of “All abilities. All aboard.” The global legal practice supports the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

 While Australians have sailed on board Lord Nelson on previous voyages, this is the first time they have been able to do so in home waters, as the ship makes her way from Fremantle via Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart to Sydney on her inaugural visit to Australia.

 The opportunity has been snapped up and only a handful of berths are now available on the voyage from Sydney to Auckland next month, however there are places available on the New Zealand legs of the journey. For more information visit www.jst.org.uk or email:   or call 03 9981 3312 in Australia.

The ship was built to accommodate a wide range of physical disabilities and features include wheelchair lifts between decks, a speaking compass, braille signage, hearing loops and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, so everyone can have their ‘King of the World’ moment. Disabled and able bodied crew work together in a ‘buddy’ system, supporting each other as they sail the ship across the world’s oceans.

 As well as Lord Nelson, the Jubilee Sailing Trust operates a second accessible tall ship, Tenacious, and more than 37,000 people have sailed with the organisation since it was founded in 1978, 14,000 of whom are physically disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users. They are the only vessels in the world to offer such an experience to people of all abilities, nationalities and backgrounds.

 Lord Nelson embarked on her 23-month voyage from Southampton in the UK in October last year, riding the wave of success enjoyed by the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

 14 Sep 2013

 

 

 

Unique tall ship, Lord Nelson, takes centre stage at Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013

Lord Nelson, the tall ship owned by UK charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and crewed by disabled and able-bodied sailors, has arrived in Williamstown, Vic, to take part in the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013. More than 15 Victorians are among the 50-strong crew.

The unique 55-metre square rigger sailed through the Rip yesterday morning to make her way up through Port Phillip Bay and is now at anchor off Williamstown. Saturday morning she will come alongside at Seaworks to take centre stage at the festival and the ship will be open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Captain Barbara Campbell, said, “In Adelaide the ship was inundated with visitors, a complete contrast to the quiet of being at sea. Once we had cleared Kangaroo Island we set all sail and have been under sail for most of the passage to Port Phillip. We looked a stunning sight with all our square sails set; it’s a shame that the general public cannot see the ship under full sail at sea.”

Captain Campbell added, “All the crew, many who are first time sailors, look forward to our arrival in Williamstown where we feel sure we will receive another warm welcome.”

While Australians have sailed on board Lord Nelson on previous voyages, this is the first time they have been able to do so in home waters, as the ship makes her way from Fremantle via Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart to Sydney on her inaugural visit to Australia.

The opportunity has been snapped up and only a handful of berths are now available on the voyage from Sydney to Auckland next month, however there are a few more places available on the New Zealand legs of the journey.

The ship was built to accommodate a wide range of physical disabilities and features include wheelchair lifts between decks, a speaking compass, braille signage, hearing loops and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, so everyone can have their ‘King of the World’ moment. Disabled and able bodied crew work together in a ‘buddy’ system, supporting each other as they sail the ship across the world’s oceans.

Next month Lord Nelson will take part in the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney. The invitation to the RAN centenary celebrations was the catalyst for Lord Nelson’s two-year circumnavigation, the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, which aims to promote inclusion and equality in each of the 30 ports of call on the 50,000-mile voyage.

Norton Rose Fulbright, which has five offices in Australia, including one in Melbourne, is supporting this unique global voyage under their banner of “All abilities. All aboard.” The global legal practice supports the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Managing Partner, Wayne Spanner, said, “This is a truly exciting event which brings together able and disabled people to sail side by side across the world’s oceans on this extraordinary ship. Norton Rose Fulbright is proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause.”

Lord Nelson is set to become the first accessible tall ship in the world to round three Great Capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and the infamous Cape Horn. For more information on how to get on board visit www.jst.org.uk, email  or call or call 03 9981 3312.

As well as Lord Nelson, the Jubilee Sailing Trust operates a second accessible tall ship, Tenacious, and more than 37,000 people have sailed with the organisation since it was founded in 1978, 14,000 of whom were physically disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users. They are the only vessels in the world to offer such an experience to people of all abilities, nationalities and backgrounds. 

Lord Nelson embarked on her 23-month voyage from Southampton in the UK in October last year, riding the wave of success enjoyed by the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Australian Paralympians, Michael McLean and Joanne Formosa will visit Lord Nelson during the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013.

Lord Nelson

The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship, Lord Nelson, was designed to enable physically disabled people, including wheelchair users, to sail alongside their non-disabled peers as equals. Lord Nelson was built in the UK and first set sail in 1986. Since then she has been changing the lives of everybody who sails on her.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust was founded in 1978 and was the brainchild of Christopher Rudd, a teacher and sailor who wanted to give his disabled pupils the same opportunities as able-bodied children. Starting with two non-adapted vessels, the charity grew and Lord Nelson, a custom built ship which can be sailed by a crew of 40, was commissioned. Since her maiden voyage in 1986, more than 10,000 people with a physical disability, including almost 4,000 wheelchair users, have sailed aboard Lord Nelson.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust also owns and operates a second tall ship, Tenacious.  She is currently operating voyages in Europe.

www.jst.org.uk

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

 

 

 

Accessible tall ship Lord Nelson continues Australian odyssey with visit to Adelaide

The unique tall ship, Lord Nelson, which has already won a following in Fremantle and Albany, WA, arrived in Adelaide this afternoon. The 55-metre square rigger is owned by UK charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust, and was designed and built to enable disabled and able-bodied crew members to sail together.

 During Lord Nelson’s short visit to Adelaide this weekend she will appear at the Festival of Maritime Trades at the South Australia Maritime Museum. The museum is hosting the biggest gathering of tall ships in South Australia for quarter of a century in Port Adelaide Inner Harbour.

Lord Nelson will be open to the public on Saturday 31 August and South Australians will be able to get on board to explore the ship and see some of the features that make her accessible to disabled and able bodied people, including braille signage, hearing loops, speaking compass, wheelchair lifts between decks and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Adelaide resident Craig Gordon, 48, whose participation has been sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and Rotary International, has been a crew member on board Lord Nelson since she set sail from Singapore on 10 June and will sail into his home city.

 The father of five, who runs a scrap metal recycling business, has been blind since the age of eight and also wears hearing aids in both ears due to hearing impairment.

 Approaching his home port, Craig said, “I’m getting excited because any homecoming is a sweet feeling. It’s the main reason I chose to sail on this voyage.

 “I can’t pick out a highlight; the whole voyage has been the highlight for me. I came with the view of being as sailor and experiencing as much as I could. I will always remember the ship and the feeling of ‘mateship’ on board.”

Craig’s family and friends, including his wife and children were on the dock to meet Lord Nelson as she sailed into Port Adelaide this afternoon.

 Lord Nelson is making her first ever visit to Australia having been invited to take part in the RAN International Fleet Review in Sydney in October.

 The invitation from the Royal Australian Navy was the catalyst for Lord Nelson’s departure on the first ever circumnavigation of the globe by an accessible tall ship. The two-year, 50,000-mile Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge will see the ship call in to more than 30 ports on six continents and round three Great Capes; she has already sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and Cape Leeuwin in Australia. Early next year she will round the infamous Cape Horn at the very tip of South America.

 The voyage will carry the message of equality and inclusion to every port of call. Norton Rose Fulbright, which has five offices in Australia, is supporting this unique global voyage under their banner of “All abilities. All aboard.” The global legal practice supports the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

Crew are paired up in a buddy system and work together to support each other during a voyage. The minimum age is 16 and there is no upper age limit. Everyone works to his or her ability and the ship’s ethos is to focus on what people can do, rather than what they can’t.

 A limited number of berths are still available for disabled and abled bodied people from across Australia to join Lord Nelson on the voyage from Sydney to Auckland and wider availability during her forthcoming visit to New Zealand. For more information, including voyage dates and availability, visit www.jst.org.uk, email   or call 03 9981 3312 in Australia.

As well as Lord Nelson, the Jubilee Sailing Trust operates a second accessible tall ship, Tenacious, and more than 37,000 people have sailed with the organisation since it was founded in 1978, 14,000 of whom are physically disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users.

Lord Nelson embarked on her 23-month voyage from Southampton in the UK in October last year, riding the wave of success enjoyed by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 9 December, before setting sail again for a second transatlantic crossing, this time to Cape Town, and a first-ever visit to South Africa. During her inaugural visit to Australia Lord Nelson will also visit Melbourne and Hobart before arriving in Sydney to take part in the RAN International Fleet Review.

 STS Lord Nelson Facts and Figures

Length: 55 metres

Beam: 9 metres

Deck to fore masthead: 31 metres

Sail area: 1,024m2

Number of sails: 18

Fresh water capacity: 22 tonnes

Launched: 15 October 1985

Max speed under sail: 10 knots

Crew: 50 comprising:  8 permanent crew

                                    2 bosun’s mates

                                    1 cook’s assistant

                                    1 cadet

38 voyage (paying) crew; 17 may be physically disabled and 4 may be wheelchair users

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BURSARIES TO ATTEND THE STI ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN AALBORG, DENMARK 15-16 NOVEMBER 2013


The STI Asia-Pacific Trustee is calling for nominations from the Australian Sail Training Community to attend the STI Annual Conference in Aalborg, Denmark 15-16 November 2013.

Conference details can be found at http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/events/annual-conference

Up to six individual bursaries are available to offset the travel costs from Australia to attend the conference.  The nomination and selection process for Australian and New Zealand applicants has been delegated to AUSTA. 

To be eligible for nominations you must be:

an existing member of AUSTA who has made contributions to Sail Training in Australia

or

a representative of an AUSTA organisational member

or

a young person within the Sail Training Community with the potential and prospect of making a significant contribution to AUSTA and joins AUSTA prior to commencement of the 2013 conference.

Terms and Conditions:

The bursaries are awarded on the following terms and conditions:

·                  evidence of receipts for the purchase of return airfares to Denmark to be provided to the AUSTA Treasurer

·                  bursaries are not transferable

·                  should travel to Denmark not be undertaken and/or the Aalborg STI Conference is not attended, the bursary is to be repaid in full

·                  a written report (no less than 500 words) is to be forwarded to the AUSTA International Representative within 30 days of the attendee's return to Australia outlining the benefits and lessons learned/gained.  These will be posted on the AUSTA website.

·                  The Bursary is to the value of £800 (paid to recipients by AUSTA in local currency). 

Application Process:

Applications should be in the form of a letter, supported by an existing financial Operating Member of AUSTA or AUSTA Committee Member outlining eligibility and reasons for attending the conference in 2013. Applications are due no later than Friday 20 September 2013.


STI BURSARY APPLICATION

 Applications should be addressed to:

The AUSTA International Representative Australian Sail Training Association
6/31 Hereford Street Glebe NSW 2037

or



Please ensure full contact details (including email address) of the applicant are provided.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than Friday 27 September 2013 by email and shortly thereafter in an announcement posted on the AUSTA website.

Claims for reimbursement must be accompanied by a travel agent or airline invoice/receipt.  Reimbursements are expected to be processed from 21 October 2013.

Any queries concerning the STI Bursary should be directed to the AUSTA International Representative at

Stephen Moss

President AUSTA

15 August 2013

 

 

 

15 Aug 2013

Adelaide Tall Ship Festival

Five tall ships will meet at Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September 2013 - the biggest gathering of sail in 25 years!

Europa, Tecla, Oosterschelde and Lord Nelson are sailing the South West Coast and across the Great Australian Bight to join South Australia’s own One & All and Falie for a festival of sail. The South Australian Maritime Museum will present a Festival of Maritime Trades  in celebration, hosting traditional coopers and sail makers, master rope workers and blacksmiths, fine model makers and the sea shanty choir Rocky River! 

These master craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and discuss their trades with visitors when the Tall Ships are open to the public on Saturday 31 August 2013.

 

Enterprize at Melbourne Tall Ship Festival in September

From Friday 6 September to Saturday 14 September Melbourne will host the 2013 Melbourne International Tall Ship Festival at Williamstown, with five International and four Australian traditionally rigged tall ships converging on Melbourne for the event. 

For the festival period Melbourne's topsail schooner Enterprize will be based at Gem Pier, Williamstown and will have short sails on Port Phillip on most of the days.  Enterprize will also have longer half day trips for the Fleet Review Sailing Day on 12 September and the Tall Ships Farewell on 14 September.  Enterprize is a wooden topsail schooner operated by the not for profit Enterprize Trust. The ship is a two masted wooden topsail schooner that is an authentic replica of John Pascoe Faulkner’s Enterprize which brought the first permanent settlers to Melbourne in 1835.

The  Festival provides a rare opportunity to view traditional Tall Ships on the expanses of Port Phillip adjoining Melbourne's bayside suburbs as they arrive and depart, and to view them close-up dockside on the piers at Melbourne's western bayside suburb Williamstown.  This can be combined with a sail on the northern part of Port Phillip on Enterprize. A number of these sailings are programmed for when other tall ships are due to arrive, depart or are venturing out for the Fleet Review.

 Enterprize trips are suitable for people of all ages, with options for group charters. The festival organisers will also have exhibits and public festival celebrations centred on the Marine Precinct in Nelson Place, Williamstown, in particular on the weekend of 7 and 8 September, and Friday 13 September when there will be a Farewell Party and Fireworks.

Williamstown is 14 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD by road using the West Gate Freeway. There are regular trains on the Williamstown line from city rail stations , with the Williamstown station around 500 metres from the Maritime precinct. The Melbourne Southbank to Williamstown ferry service travels down the Yarra River to deliver passengers to Gem Pier

The Melbourne Tall Ship Festival kicks off the 2013/14 sailing season for Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize.  Enterprize will have a season of sailings on Port Phillip for the public, school groups and charters, with an ocean voyage to Port Welshpool in November.

For Enterprize information and bookings go to www.enterprize.org.au or email .

For information on the Melbourne International Tall Ship Festival 2013 go to melbournetallships2013.yachting.org.au

 

TALL SHIP PICTON CASTLE RESPONDS TO MAYDAY CALL

AITUTAKI, COOK ISLANDS – It isn’t every day that a cruising yacht with engine trouble and damaged rigging is assisted by a 170-foot square rigger that looks like something from another era, but that’s just what happened when the 42’ sailing yacht Gobo issued a distress call in the early hours of July30.

Relayed by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), the call for assistance went out to all vessels within a 300-nautical mile radius. At 180 nautical miles away, the three-masted sail training ship Picton Castle was determined to be the closest vessel outside of a few fishing boats, and the only ship offering the yacht’s crew an alternative to abandoning their craft.

Sailing under the command of Capt. Michael Moreland, the Picton Castle was en route between Manihiki and Aitutaki when the call for assistance came in. The vessel – best known for her world circumnavigation voyages, of which she has made five – has been sailing in the Cooks Islands these past two months, providing much-needed shipping and passenger transport.

Capt. Moreland immediately ordered the vessel’s crew of trainee sailors, working under the tutelage of professional mariners, to take in all square sails and fire up the main engine. It would take 29 hours to reach the stricken yacht.

Arriving at daybreak August 31, the Picton Castle launched her rescue boat at 0730, dispatching the vessel’s Chief Mate and Chief Engineer to assess the situation and assist as necessary.

Chief mate Paul Bracken replaced a parted section of the shroud (which supports the mast) while chief engineer Alex Marts made repairs to the raw water pump and installed an electric auxiliary bilge pump. 

With these repairs, no towing was required, and the yacht was able to carry on with their planned passage. 

Picton Castle also resumed her passage to Aitutaki, where she arrived August 5.  She will then sail to Rarotonga, then on Sydney, Australia for the International Fleet Review this October. 

For more information about the Picton Castle, her program and this incident,  please contact the ship's office at (902) 634-9984 or email .

 


Tall Ship Festival Fremantle a Hugh success

Thousands turned in Fremantle over the weekend to view the visiting Dutch tall ships Europa, Oosterchelde & Tecla as well as the WA based Leeuwin II and Dufyken despite some wild and woolly weather. The three Dutch ships will venture north before continuing their voyage to the east coast of Australia via Adelaide, Melbourne & Hobart.

 

Accessible Tall Ship Lord Nelson arrives in Australia

Media Release, Thursday 18 July 2013

The Tall Ship Lord Nelson has completed an Indian Ocean crossing crewed by disabled and able bodied sailors and arrived in Australia for an inaugural visit to the country. The vessel is undertaking the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge - a two-year global circumnavigation promoting inclusion and equality.

On 17 July 2013 the 55-metre square rigger made landfall in Australia for the first time ever, arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia, at 9:00pm local time. She is berthed at Victoria Quay, close to the state's own tall ship, Leeuwin II.

Lord Nelson is set to become the first accessible tall ship in the world to round three Great Capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and the infamous Cape Horn.

While Australians have sailed on board Lord Nelson on previous voyages, this is the first time they will be able to do so in home waters, as the ship makes her way from Fremantle via Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart to Sydney, where she will take part in the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review. Enquire now for voyage bookings.

Lord Nelson was built to accommodate a wide range of physical disabilities, and features wheelchair lifts between decks, a speaking compass, braille signage, hearing loops and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair - so everyone can have their ‘King of the World’ moment. Disabled and able bodied crew work together in a ‘buddy’ system, supporting each other as they sail the ship across the world’s oceans.

On board Lord Nelson for the passage to Fremantle is Western Australian resident, Chris Hudson, 55. The gardener from Woodvale, WA, had never sailed before joining Lord Nelson in Singapore on 10 June 2013. He says members of the crew he met that day have now become “some very good new friends.”

Chris explains, “I met my buddy for the trip. He is my watch leader and although in a wheelchair he manages a full part in running the ship. I am only his gofer in the very roughest weather when wheelchairs and those who are a little wobbly stay below deck.”

He continues, “I have had so many wonderful experiences in this trip of a lifetime. What a buzz. From climbing out on the top sail yard in a Force 7 (they wouldn’t let me up in the Force 8 gusting 9 - I did ask), being on watch under star filled skies, seeing a whale and dolphins and being one of only two people who saw electro static fireworks off the fore t’gallant yardarm: St Elmo’s Fire, a once in a blue moon phenomenon.”

Berths are available for disabled and abled bodied people from across Australia to join Lord Nelson during her stay Down Under. For more information, including voyage dates and availability, visit www.jst.org.uk, email or call 03 9981 3312 in Australia.

Captain Barbara Campbell was in charge of Lord Nelson for the voyage from Singapore to Fremantle and said there had been many highlights to the voyage, including the ceremony to mark the crossing of the Equator.

In addition, she commented, “The party in Bali on board the ship with the Royal Bali Yacht Club, local food and children from the orphanage impressing us with their Balinese dances, not to mention the warm welcome we received was a highlight, as was the Cocos Islands stop – it was a privilege and a treat to be able to anchor somewhere so unspoilt.”

The last three days of the voyage have seen the tall ship contend with ten-metre swells and stormy weather, and according to Captain Campbell, the conditions have been varied throughout the passage from Singapore.

“South of Cocos the south east trade winds increased to a Force 8, with swell heights of up to eight metres. This was a little more than some of the crew had bargained for", said Captain Campbell. "However, if you want to be at sea in big seas and feel safe then this is the ship to sail on. For three days, when the winds were at their strongest, we had to put most of the decks out of bounds and those in wheelchairs or unsteady on their feet were unable to go on deck at all. Once those conditions were over, the sun came out and everyone realised that the big seas were behind us and that more good sailing was in store.

“For anyone wishing to sail, it is an experience to sail a tall ship with everyone working together. I’ll let you into a little secret when I say that the two best helmsmen this trip were our two blind crew members.”

This crossing was a trip down memory lane for the woman who is now in command of Lord Nelson.

Captain Campbell explains, “When I joined my second ship, a cargo ship, as a Deck Cadet in 1976, the voyage was from India to Singapore and thence to Fremantle. In a sense this is a similar voyage except that way back in those days I did not have the responsibility I have now. Also we were not reliant on wind direction and would have made a course straight towards Fremantle instead of the huge sweep west into the Indian Ocean that we made after leaving Cocos.

“We are looking forward to the warm welcome we are sure to receive when we arrive at all the major ports in Australia. It will also be good to have a ‘safe arrival’ drink and a nice glass of Australian wine will do the trick!”

Lord Nelson is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, along with a second accessible tall ship, Tenacious. More than 37,000 people have sailed with the organisation since it was founded in 1978, 14,000 of whom are physically disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users. These are the only vessels in the world to offer such an experience to people of all abilities, nationalities and backgrounds.

Lord Nelson embarked on her 23-month voyage from Southampton in the United Kingdom in October last year, riding the wave of success enjoyed by the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The ship arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 9 December before setting sail again for a second transatlantic crossing, this time to Cape Town, and a first-ever visit to South Africa.

Norton Rose Fulbright, which has five offices in Australia, including one in Perth, is supporting this unique global voyage under their banner of “All abilities. All aboard.” The global legal practice supports the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

AUSTA Operators Meeting

The six monthly meeting of AUSTA operators was conducted at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Saturday 29 June with representatives of the following organisations present:

Sarah Parry                Windeward Bound

Pat Marsh                   NSWSTA

Martin Radunz            Young Endeavour Youth Scheme

Alan Burgess               Friends of One & All

Russell Show               South Passage

Robyn Elkington          South Passage

Murray Henstock         AUSTA

Jon Simpson                AUSTA

Roslyn Jan                   AUSTA

Anne- Marie Archer    Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation

Philip Marsh                BIAS Boating

The meeting was briefed on the new AMSA requirements due to take effect from 1 July 2013.

A large part of the meeting was taken up with briefings and discussions dealing with the forthcoming International Fleet Review.

At the conclusion of the meeting Anne-Marie Archer representing the Leeuwin Foundation was welcomed onboard as a new member of the AUSTA Committee.

 

AUSTA Operator DelegatesCAPT Parry and Anne-Marie Archer CEO Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation

A WIN FOR LEEUWIN - [FREMANTLE BUSINESS AWARDS]

This last weekend the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce held their annual Fremantle Business Award Ceremony for 2013.

 

We are very proud to announce the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation was presented with an award in recognition of our Corporate Social Responsibility on the night. This award recognises organisations which implement policies or projects that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit. The Foundation's CEO Anne-Marie Archer said "it would not have been easy to be a judge for these Awards given the calibre of finalists featured on the night – but this only makes the Award all that more important to the Foundation."

Ms Archer said the Foundation's mission is to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community, through the unique medium of tall ship sailing. 

"The success of the Leeuwin youth development program is largely attributed to the young Western Australians willing to take on such a challenge by choice," Ms Archer said.

We are very proud and honoured to receive this award that could not have come about without the ongoing commitment and dedication of the Founder, Directors, Governors, staff and amazing volunteers. 

Being a not-for-profit, the Foundation is largely dependent on external support and must recognise our supporters, the Department of Communities, Lotterywest, the Australian Children’s Trust, Woodside, Frank Ledger Trust and many other organisations and individuals that offer ongoing financial support.

On behalf of the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, we would like to say a big thank you to all of our community partners, financial sponsors and supporters. Without your support we would not be able to continue to challenge and inspire young people in our community. 

24 June 2013

 

 

Shirley Robertson OBE comes on board as a global supporter of Sail Training International

Shirley Robertson OBE made history by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.  Now, alongside continuing with sailing and international TV broadcasting, she’s come on board as a global supporter of Sail Training International to promote the youth development potential of sail training and the famous international Tall Ship Races.

Ahead of visiting the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic this summer, she recently enjoyed her first Tall Ship experience sailing aboard square rigged Stavros S Niarchos, “From climbing the mast and standing on the yards, to steering the boat – Tall Ship sailing is a fantastic adventure for young people and I'm very excited about my involvement with Sail Training International and the Tall Ship Races this year,” she explained. 

“I had never had the opportunity to sail on a Tall Ship before, I’d only ever watched the huge spectacle of the Tall Ships Race from the dock.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to try and now I have I would whole-heartedly encourage others to take part.

“I'm passionate about sport and sailing, but sail training isn’t just about boats and oceans; it's about young people from very different backgrounds doing something pretty special together.  

"Aside from learning how to sail these amazing vessels, you really learn how powerful going to sea can be. Once you've steered by the moonlight, or been the first to see land from the top of the mast, or worked as a team to do what you thought was impossible - life looks a lot different.

"My advice?  Don't think twice, it will change your life."

Shirley continues to sail at all levels, sharing her knowledge and presenting her own international TV programme, Mainsail. 

 

STI website 15 June 2013

Over 1500 sailing places available when tall ships reach Australia

29 May 2013

In 2013 more than 20 tall ships from around the world will gather in Australia for the International Tall Ship Festival and Sydney Auckland Tall Ship Regatta – the first event of its kind in Australasia.

Over 1,500 places are now available for members of the public to join a Tall Ship for ocean passages and coastal voyages to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland.

Voyages are open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and no sailing experience is required. During each voyage a professional crew will explain and teach you everything you need to know about navigation, sail handling and square rig sailing. Participants will be able to explore the Australian coastline, meet people from around the world and gain a unique insight into our maritime history.

Rarely do Tall Ships from the northern hemisphere visit Australia, and most of the vessels sailing to Australia are undertaking World Voyages. As they sail the seven seas they will visit Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Antarctica and the Americas. The first vessels will arrive at Fremantle in July, and will spend several months exploring the spectacular Western Australian, Victorian, Tasmanian and New South Wales coasts.

Mr Stephen Moss CSC, President of the Australian Sail Training Association said, “We are delighted to be able to host the largest gathering of Tall Ships in Australia and New Zealand for a generation. This event will help to establish a vision of sail training within Australia and convey the excitement, challenge and romance of Tall Ship sailing to millions of young Australians”.

The three month Festival Program will see Tall Ships celebrating with Parades of Sail, street parades and festivals in several cities, including the International Fleet Review –  celebrating 100 years since the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney Harbour.

International Tall Ship Festival Program

Fremantle       27 - 29 July 2013
Adelaide        29 - 30 August 2013
Melbourne      09 - 14 September 2013
Hobart           20 - 25 September 2013
Sydney          03 - 10 October 2013       
Auckland       25 - 28 October 2013

For more information on how to join a voyage or where to see the Tall Ships in Australia, visit
www.tallshipfestival2013.com

One & All needs help to get to Sydney

The "One and All" is preparing to sail to Sydney for the upcoming International Fleet Review by way of Melbourne and Hobart.  The sticking point for the South Australian Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (the asset managers of the ship) is the need to prove the financial viability of such an undertaking before official support is granted. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a "Catch 22" situation – no funding, no voyage, but at the same time, no approval makes it difficult (but not impossible) to fill berths.  The Friends of the One and All Sailing Ship (FOASS) are now seeking expressions of interest to support the ship, either through sponsorship, or in the sale of berths.

The proposed itinerary is as follows:

  • Adel to Melb: 1-8 Sep
  • Melbourne International Tall Ship Festival: 9-14 Sep
  • Melb to Hob: 15-21 Sep
  • Hobart Tall Ships Festival: 22-24 Sep
  • Hob to Syd: 25 Sep – 2 Oct (arriving Darling Harbour AM 3 Oct)
  • International Fleet Review: 3-9 Oct
  • Syd to Melb: 10-17 Oct
  • Melb layover: 18-19 Oct
  • Melb to Adel: 20-27 Oct

Anyone interested in sailing on the ship (we have berths for 27 paying passengers) can contact Stan Nowakowski on 0414 488 317 or email ( ).

 

 


The Lady Nelson is sailing to Sydney with a fleet of Tall Ships to the International Fleet Review.

The biggest Royal Australian Navy event for a century, the International Fleet Review will transform Sydney Harbour into a maritime mecca with over 40 warships, up to 20 tall ships, aerial displays and hundreds of spectator craft.

The Lady Nelson will depart Hobart on the 25th of September along with the other Tall Ships and sail in company to Sydney.  Arrival will be in Sydney on the morning 3rd of October when other ships join the fleet for a ceremonial parade into Sydney.

There are 6 berths available for paying trainees to sail to Sydney and these berths are available to anyone. The cost for this trip will be $2,150.

Or you can stay on the vessel for a few extra days taking part in the Tall Ships activities, the Fleet Review and viewing the fireworks from onboard and depart the vessel on the morning of October the 6th.  The cost of this option is $2,600 and bookings for this will close on the 9th of August. (Fireworks viewing may be from onboard or alongside).

Another voyage on offer is departing with the other Tall Ships from Sydney on the 10th of October for the race to Auckland.  However, Lady Nelson will turn south and follow the Sydney to Hobart yacht race course.  This trip is nominally ten days and there will be stops at various bays and anchorages, exactly where will be decided by the skipper but Jervis Bay, Eden, Furneaux Islands, Wineglass Bay and Port Arthur are all possible stops.  Cost $2,000

We will require a 50% deposit upon booking with full payment by the 25 of July. Any booking after July 25 will need to be paid in full upon booking.

Sailing a tall ship is not like catching a scheduled train service, for a myriad of reasons, but usually the weather the voyage can be delayed.  Bear this in mind if booking accommodation or flights.

FOR ENQUIRERS CALL 03 62343348 OR EMAIL

Released 25 May 2013

Oosterschelde | Sponsor Program Sydney-Auckland


Sponsor Someone


Crossing the ocean on a historic sailing vessel in a race with other Tall Ships is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. An adventure that requires, teamwork, persistence and guts. A battle against the elements, with the beauty of the ocean as a reward and the feeling that you really achieved something together with the rest of the crew.

Do you know anyone between the age of 15 and 35, who really deserves this opportunity? Then give him/her the chance a lifetime to sail along for three weeks on board the ‘Oosterschelde’.  

 

You will sail along as active guest crewmember during the Tall Ships’ regatta from Sydney (Australia) to Auckland (New Zealand).

Read more on http://www.oosterschelde.nl/en/sponsor-someone/ and nominate someone!

 

 

HMB Endeavour announces  IFR voyage

Bookings are now open for HMB Endeavour’s International Fleet Review voyage in September and October this year.

The voyage

This voyage is part of the International Fleet Review celebrations, marking 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy.

We will begin our voyage in Sydney and then sail down the beautiful south coast of New South Wales to Jervis Bay where we will join Young Endeavour – the flag ship of the International Fleet Review. We will then make our way back to Sydney to mark the beginning of the International Fleet Review celebrations in the company of 17 tall ships from around the world, including the Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, Indonesia, Columbia and Australia.

During the voyage you will learn all aspects of 18th century sailing, including climbing the rigging and furling the sails, navigation and being part of a three-watch sailing vessel.

The voyage details are as follows:

HMB Endeavour International Fleet Review voyage

Voyage dates: 24 September – 3 October 2013 (10 days)
Departs and returns: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Captain: John Dikkenberg
Voyage crew berth: $3,800
Supernumerary berth: $7,000

5% discount applies to members, volunteers and people who have sailed with HMB Endeavour since 2005. Prices are GST inclusive.

Application process

Although you have registered your interest you will need to apply using formal application process on our website. Before you complete your application form please read our crew information, frequently asked questions, and terms and conditions available on our website.

To complete the application process you will need to:

·         Fill in the online application form

·         Download the medical declaration form from our website and have your doctor complete it

·         Email or fax +61 2 9298 3660 the completed medical declaration form to us

·         Once we receive your application and medical declaration form, the Captain will review your application.

·         We will contact you within 14 days of receiving your application to let you know if you are successful. If you have been awarded a berth a 30% deposit will be required within 14 days of being notified.

Please note there are only 35 voyage crew and 3 supernumerary berths available and these often fill quickly. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

It’s going to be a truly spectacular voyage and we hope you can be a part of it.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HMB Endeavour on +61 2 9298 3655 or .

 

 

The Jubilee Sailing Trust

The first disabled accessible tall ship to sail around the world

50,000 miles
7 continents
30 countries
4 times across the Equator

When people get together at a conference, there is always plenty of talk, but how often do they go home and turn talk into action?  When Alex Lochrane, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, set off in November 2011 to the Sail Training International conference in Toulon, he had no idea that it would result in a decision to plunge his office into masterminding a major new ground-breaking project.

The JST has two tall ships which are sailed by a mix of able-bodied and physically disabled people. At the STI conference, Alex met up with sail trainers from over 20 countries.  He was struck by the high regard in which the JST is held internationally. People from all over the world told him that what the JST does is unique, that no other country has ships like Lord Nelson and Tenacious and that outside the UK, there are almost no opportunities for disabled people to experience tall ship sailing. But the seed of an idea was really sown in Alex’s mind when an Australian delegate said ‘Why don’t you send one of your ships to visit us and bring your mission to our part of the world’? So Alex came back from the STI conference determined that one of the ships would sail to Australia to take part in the Royal Australian fleet review taking place this October.

When the JST was founded in 1978, many people looking on from the outside said that taking disabled people to sea was irresponsible and dangerous. Yet despite opposition at the time, the first of the JST ships, Lord Nelson, was designed and built to be fully accessible to a range of people with disabilities from wheelchair users to the totally blind, as well as to be completely capable of major voyages to anywhere in the world. Her proven success led to the build of Tenacious and to date the two ships have already covered well over 600,000 miles.

The idea of sailing one of the ships to Australasia was not a completely alien concept to JST because both ships were built for major voyages and JST Operations Manager Andy Spark had for years harboured a dream of sending one of them round the world. Andy himself lost a leg in a motorbike accident aged 20, but a chance introduction to sailing with JST changed his life, turning him from an ‘angry young man’ to someone capable and in a position to mastermind a major world voyage for able bodied and disabled people together on a tall ship. So when Alex came back from the STI conference inspired to send a ship to Australia and then on to neighbouring New Zealand, the two ideas combined and morphed into the reality of planning a complete circumnavigation of the globe.

Lord Nelson embarked on her 23-month voyage on Sunday 21 October 2012, from Southampton in the UK. She arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the 9th December, before setting sail again for a second transatlantic voyage to South Africa. From here she has sailed across the Indian Ocean to Kochi in India.

JST Sail the World has been designed to be a flagship for inclusion and a can-do attitude. It has seen physically disabled voyage crew on every passage which is also going to include the 2 month southern ocean passage around Cape Horn taking place in December and also the voyage to Antarctica next February. The 23 month project has provided the chance for people of mixed physical abilities to take part in adventurous ocean passages. However it is also set to be much more than that. The JST intends that Lord Nelson will be seen by local disability groups and policy makers and people who can fund future projects in the hope that JST Sail the World will encourage positive attitudes to inclusion and disability around the world.

Norton Rose, the international legal practise, is supporting this unique global voyage under their banner of “All abilities. All aboard.” They practise and share the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

However, despite meticulous planning and analysis of costs and a good take-up of available berths, there is still a big fundraising effort to factor in to make this project a continued success. There are also great opportunities for sponsorship, for companies that would like to align their name with the diversity and opportunity that this project stands for and support Lord Nelson as an ambassador around the world for positive attitudes to disability.

Berths are still available to sail on board Lord Nelson all round Australia and New Zealand. No experience is required and a wide range of physical disabilities can be accommodated. Among the bespoke features of the ship are hearing loops, wheelchair lifts, integrated Braille instructions and speaking compasses. For more information visit www.jst.org.uk or email . Or you can phone +613 9981 3312 (Australia) or 0800 447672 (New Zealand)

 

Dutch Tall Ships on their way to Fremantle, Australia. 

In the wake of Dutch Explorers such as Abel Tasman and Cornelis de Houtman they will pass the three notorious Dutch-named-capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn.  

At this moment all three ships are sailing to Cape Town, South Africa and will meet there. All three vessels then set sail to Mauritius and onwards to Australia to join the Tall Ships events in different ports of Australia. Fremantle will be the first port the ships visit and will be the kick-off port for beautiful and amazing voyages along the South coast of Australia. Following the ancient trade routes the ships have planned to arrive in Fremantle on July 26th 2013. Join the ships on their amazing voyage. No sailing experience required!

Batavia

Fremantle will be the first Australian port the ships will visit. All three ships stay in port for several days before heading out to sea again for a special voyage to the grounding site of the Dutch VOC Vessel Batavia. It is 50 years ago since the wreckage of the Batavia was found. 
Though there are not many remains left on the sea floor it still is a special place to visit especially because of the historic connection. The remainders of the ship are now spread over the maritime museums in both Fremantle and Geraldton. During this voyage the Dutch Tall Ships will all have guides on board to tell you about this special story and history of this epic shipping disaster.  

Open Ship Days

During our visit in Fremantle the ships will be open ship for the public so everyone can admire these historic vessels. Everyone is welcome on board. The crew will be ready to show you around and answer all your questions. Details will be announced later. Besides the open ship days, companies and other groups can charter the ships for a reception or meeting in the period from 28 July – 2 August.


Australia expedition

The voyage along the Australian coast brings all three ships to Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. The first leg starts in Fremantle and ends in Adelaide. Next stop is Melbourne.  Both legs will be coastal voyages and if wind and weather allows the captain will decide to drop anchor in one of the many beautiful bays along the coast. 

Tall Ships Event
The ships will enter the Tall Ships Event upon arrival in Melbourne. From there a cruise in company with other Tall Ships is organized to Hobart and onwards to Sydney. Where the International National Fleet Review will be held. The Dutch Tall Ships will be there as well. For the last leg course will be set for Auckland, New Zealand. Together with the other Tall Ships a real race will be conducted.

Who can take part in these voyages?
Everyone can experience crossing the oceans on board of these traditional sailing ships during one or more legs of this historic circumnavigation. No sailing experience is required. The professional crew of the ship is more than willing to explain and teach the guest crew members about navigation, sail handling and more. All ages and nationalities can participate. 

People ashore will be able to follow the tracks and read ships’ updates on the website 
www.dutchtallships.com. To give a better impression of our ships and an overview of our complete sailing route and voyages, please visit our website. 

 ALMA DOEPEL READY FOR RESTORATION

 

After much delay and arrival of a special purpose barge, the 1903 Australian built topsail schooner Alma Doepel is now high and dry ready for restoration back to her former glory in Melbourne Docklands, which is where the restoration will be done in the shadows of the city of Melbourne.

Alma Doepel was built in Bellingen in New South Wales and traded in Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania before getting her marching orders for the Army in the Second World War delivering goods and troops from Darwin to New Guinea, at wars end she continued trading in and around Tasmania until 1976 when sighted demisted, carrying limestone in Hobart she was quickly snapped up pressed back into service, after a major refit, to become a Sail Training Vessel in Melbourne and Port Phillip before falling into disrepair once again in the early 2000's now set for a huge repair and to be put back into sail training once again on completion in about 3 years, her rig and running gear is in storage undergoing repair ready for her restoration.

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You are the crew on this sail crossing of the Indian Ocean. It’s your chance to experience the history of a voyage route rarely taken nowadays on one of three incredible tall ships.

This voyage is part of the round-the-world voyage that the Bark Europa, Oosterschelde and Tecla are making from November 2012 until May 2014.

Planned departure from Mauritius is on June 19th 2013. Next destination will be Perth, Australia. This next leg will take about 39 days and is a perfect Mile Maker across the Indian Ocean! Just after departure the ships will try to visit the Ilse of Reunion. After that it is a wonderful voyage on the ocean. The perfect get away from everything!

  • perfect for solo travellers or small groups
  • meet like-minded adventurous spirits
  • no experience necessary
  • learn the craft of traditional sailing
  • bake fresh bread during the night watch
  • find out what makes a monkey fist and baggy wrinkle different
  • climb the rigging and marvel at 360 ocean views
  • take the wheel and keep her on course
  • escape the world and find yourself at sea

Stores and bunkers will be topped up before you leave for the long leg to Australia. We’ll wave goodbye to the sub-tropical waters of Mauritius and sail south until we are well in the zone of westerly winds that will blow us to the final destination: Perth.

In the good old days, when captains were without the mod-cons we enjoy they often had difficulties calculating their longitude and ships had to log their distance very carefully. The risk lay mostly around when they altered their course north. If they did it too early they would never make it to Indonesia. If they were too late, they risked grounding on the Australian coast. Many ships, including the Suytdam and the Batavia made their last voyage here on this historic journey down-under.

Luckily for you these ships are packed to the brims with the latest navigation and safety equipment but it takes the good old fashioned might of the crew hauling on the ropes and lines to get those sails perfectly positioned and you all to your destination.

Check out The Ships at  www.anotherworldadventures.com/adventures/sail-across-the-indian-ocean/ to learn more about the three vessels that are setting sail and let us help you find your perfect ship.

This voyage is suitable for travellers from aged 15 and older – there is no upper limit providing you are in good health.

 

 

 

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Picton Castle to Set Sail On An Epic South Pacific Adventure 

The Canadian Tall Ship Picton Castle has announced their intention to join the fray. This will be a voyage of fascinating contrasts, from the excitement and colour of Tall Ships festivals at Sydney and Auckland to the profound peace of a starry night watch on the open ocean. There will be times for snappy sail handling too, running off before sudden squalls, or tacking the ship to get upwind.

Experience month-long deep sea passages out of sight of land for weeks at a time, when you have time to notice the beauty of the sea and the sky and the dolphins and whales that become our only visitors, and weeks spent island hopping in beautiful, welcoming French Polynesia, meeting islanders on their own terms and exploring the wonderful richness of South Pacific culture.

Share in the camaraderie of sailors when tall ships from around the world gather at Sydney, Australia for a huge waterfront celebration with bustling crowds and fireworks, then race with this impressive fleet to Auckland, New Zealand for Kiwi-style festivities. 

South Seas Voyage 2013-2014 Itinerary

Leg

Location

Port Date

Leg 1

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

August 19, 2013

 

Kingdom of Tonga

 

 

Norfolk Island

 

 

Sydney, Australia

October 5, 2013

Leg 2

Sydney, Australia

October 5, 2013

 

Auckland, New Zealand

October 25, 2013

Leg 3

Auckland, New Zealand

October 25, 2013

 

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

 

 

Chatham Island, New Zealand

 

 

Pitcairn Island

 

 

Mangareva, French Polynesia

 

 

Marquesas, French Polynesia

 

 

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

February 1, 2014

Leg 4

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

February 1, 2014

 

Tuamotus, French Polynesia

 

 

Society Islands, French Polynesia

 

 

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

 

 

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

 

 

Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands

 

 

Apia, Samoa

 

 

Suva, Fiji

May 3, 2014

 

   

 

 

 

 

R.Tucker Thompson releases voyages for the International Fleet Review 2013

 

About the event

In 2013 tall ships from around the world will embark on an exciting journey and converge on Australia to help celebrate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy into Sydney Harbour.

Local and visiting Tall Ships will visit Melbourne and Hobart before gathering in Sydney on 5 October 2013 for the spectacular International Fleet Review before taking part in a special regatta race to Auckland New Zealand.

Planning is still underway by the organisers and the R. Tucker Thompson intends to join the fleet at Sydney and attend the celebrations in Sydney Harbour before taking part in the regatta race to Auckland. As a result, two special sail training voyages are being offered with nine sail trainee places on the voyage to Sydney and back.

 The schedule is given below:

 

From

Towards

Cost

Days*

Board

Depart

Arrive*

Opua

Sydney

NZ$2,875

14

18-Sep-13

19-Sep-12

03-Oct-13

Sydney

Auckland

NZ$2,875

14

9-Oct-13

10-Oct-12

24-Oct-13

*will depend on weather and wind

Your role on the voyage

This is an ocean passage and weather conditions in the Tasman Sea can vary.  Participation enhances this and consequently you will be encouraged to participate in the sailing of the ship, learning about and being involved in shipboard life.  Allowance is made for age and abilities however, participation as part of a watch team alongside professional crew is encouraged to gain maximum benefit from the experience.

 

How to Book

To register your interest a deposit of 20% is required together with a completed booking form signed by yourself, which states you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions set forth. Confirmation will be issued upon receipt, but will be subject to the completion of a medical questionnaire and proof of medical insurance.

 

Payment schedule

 

20% (NZ$575.00)

On reservation

30% (NZ$826.50)

24 June 2013

50%   (NZ$1,437.50)

1 month prior to departure (20 August 2013)

 

Voyage Costs

 

Include: one berth on a surveyed square rigged sailing vessel, professionally crewed in accordance with survey requirements for the duration of the voyage, plus three meals per day whilst on board. 

 

Auckland to get Tall Ships Festival


Press Release: New Zealand National Maritime Museum

4 March 2013

Auckland to get tall ships festival

A long awaited tall ships festival is to be hosted in Auckland later this year, thanks to support from Ports of Auckland, Waterfront Auckland and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

More than a dozen ships and over 1000 sailors, participating in tall ships festivals in Melbourne and Sydney, will cross the Tasman for a three-day festival to be hosted by the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Event director and former Spirit of Adventure CEO John Lister, who is spearheading the project, says “This is a wonderful opportunity for Aucklanders to witness the spectacle of a tall ships fleet. It’s rare to get such a group of ships in our part of the world and too good an opportunity to let slip by.

“Mayor Len Brown has been instrumental in securing the support we needed to make this festival happen. Ports of Auckland generously agreed to provide berthing and facilities, Waterfront Auckland has offered use of The Cloud, and ATEED has contributed $30,000 because the event will enhance the liveability of Auckland.”

Murray Reade, CEO of Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum says “We are delighted to be involved in coordinating a visit from these magnificent tall ships. Labour Weekend 2013 will see Auckland’s waterfront come alive and we hope thousands of Aucklanders will come and explore the ships.”

The Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum will release more information about the event closer to October.

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Historic Sailing Ships ‘Oosterschelde’ and ‘Tecla’ start first big ocean crossing on their global circumnavigation

After several successful voyages in Cape Verde it is time for the one and only authentic Dutch threemasted sailing ships ‘Oosterschelde’ to start with the next leg of her global circumnavigation. But the ship will not be sailing alone. A few days ago sailing lugger ‘Tecla’ met up with the ‘Oosterschelde’ in Cape Verde. ‘Tecla’ came from the Canaries where she spent the last few months sailing sunny voyages.
 
Stores are topped up, fresh vegetable and fruits are bought and the ships are ready to go. This week they depart for their first ocean crossing to Brazil following the ancient trade routes. An ocean crossing from North to South is always spectacular. We will travel through the main weather systems of the world and over the equator. That is, if Neptune allows us….
 
Route
After heading to Brazil the ships will welcome new guests on board in Salvador de Bahia for a sailing cruise along the beautiful green coast of Brazil to Santos. Then the ships will prepare for the next long leg to Cape Town, where they meet up with the third ship the ‘Europa’. From there on the voyage brings all three ships to Mauritius and on to Perth, Australia.
 
Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica expedition
Then, course will be set for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. In Hobart a Regatta is organized, ending in Sydney. On October 4th, 2013, the ships will represent the Netherlands during the International Fleet Review of the Australian Navy. A Tall Ships Regatta is next on the program from Sydney to Auckland. After completing these races, the ship starts preparations for a long journey around Cape Horn late November 2013, to the Falkland Islands and on to Antarctica. After two Antarctic expeditions, ‘Oosterschelde’ will cross the Atlantic once more, back to the Netherlands.
 
Wind, sea, adventure and new friends
The entire voyage is divided into legs. Some short, along the coast, others long, across the ocean. Individual guests can book one or more legs of the voyage. Sailing experience is not required and all nationalities and ages can participate. The permanent crew is happy to explain all about navigation, sail handling and more. As one team guests sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board.
 
Companies and organizations
Besides sailing voyages, the ships also welcome companies to charter the ship for an event on board. There is a sponsor programme available as well for large companies to use the voyage for their marketing and publicity purposes.
 
For more information about the ship and voyages, please visit our website
ww.oosterschelde.nl.

“Soren Larsen” announces Tall Ship voyages

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The Sydney Tall Ship group have announced details of their offshore voyages onboard the tallship “Soren Larsen”.

“Soren Larsen” will participate in the Tall Ships Festivals in Melbourne & Hobart before joining other Tall Ships from around the world & Australia in the Tall Ship Fleet entry into Sydney as part of the International Fleet review in October 2013. Follow the link for more details.

http://www.sydneytallships.com.au/offshore/

22 February 2013

AUSTRALIA'S national sail training ship Young Endeavour to visit Newcastle

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