Tall Ships Races Residentials


Do you fancy having a go at sailing a Tall Ship and taking part in the Tall Ships Races?

If so, read on...


The T S Pelican is a traditional, square rigged ship that was converted from an Arctic Trawler. The conversion took twelve years to complete and she is now believed to be the only mainmast barquentine under sail. 


Adventure Expeditions is lucky to be able to offer individuals and teams the chance to join the ship as part of the Tall Ships Races. Each of the four legs of the Races needs a team of committed individuals to take control of the Pelican. No experience necessary!


If you're doing your Gold DofE it can count as your residential too.


Fun sailing, serious racing

The Tall Ships races are a truly fantastic spectacle where more than 150 vessels like the T S Pelican compete. The race is split into legs with the ships racing between host ports. The T S Pelican has a competitive reputation helped by the fact that her unique rig makes her both lively and fun to sail, both on and off the wind. Your job as crew will be to try and hold her position, while planning the best time to tack to stay ahead of your closest rival. During your rest period you can relax, learn a lot more about the ship, assist the Bosun or Cook or take classes such as navigation for the RYA Competent Crew or Junior Watch Leader Certificates.


Dates and Prices 2012

Watch this space for 2012 dates and prices.


Prices include everything that you will require during your time on the ship but does not include personal insurance (compulsory to come aboard), travel to/from the ship and spending money. You should budget in the region of £300.00 for this. 


What you can achieve on board

  • Gold DofE Residential
  • RYA Competent Crew or Watch Leader Certificates
  • Course in navigation at sea
  • Experience of cooking for the crew
  • Meet other Race competitors - young people from all over the world


A positive, life-changing experience...

Each race series has a pre-determined route. This year the fleet will be visiting:

  • Waterford in Ireland
  • Racing round the West coast of Ireland to Greenock
  • Heading through the Western Isles of Scotland to Lerwick in the Shetlands
  • Crossing the North Sea to Stavanger in Norway


A Day in the Life...

No two days on board Pelican are the same. On the day you join you walk through the festival to join the ship and be taken through our initial training programme by the crew. All crew are invited to participate in activities offered by the host ports including sports, arts and crafts fairs, museums and local visits. All crew will be expected to take part in the crew parade. 

The ship will then depart to the start line of the race, taking part in the Parade of Sail. Approaching the start line, the crew (that's you) will get the ship under sail. Before the starter's gun you'll be manouevring along with other ships, trying to get the best possible start. 

During the race we will have an on board routine as we settle into life at sea: cooking, sleeping, keeping watches, interwatch games and activities. Excitement builds as we race for the finish line and cross it in one last push. We can then head to the host port for a warm welcome and celebrations.



Fundraising might seem daunting but all participants on expeditions are encouraged to raise funds to cover the cost of their adventure as this will give you a sense of ownership and achievement even before your adventure starts. Our fundraising pack is full of ideas and timescales to help you raise the cost of your voyage and plan your time efficiently.


The cost of voyages on board T S Pelican are kept low as they are funded by bursaries (for applicants aged between 15 and 25 years of age). You will be required to complete some further routine paperwork once we have received your booking - call if you require more details.



Have a look at each stage of the race to help you decide which you'd like to join

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