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UK Tall Ships Sailing Expedition

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UK Tall Ships Sailing Expedition

Challenge yourself by joining the crew of a mighty tall ship as it sails across the shimmering blue ocean

Prices from $895

Work as part of a tight-knit team to crew a traditional tall ship across turquoise seas on an exhilarating voyage. Get involved in all aspects of life on board as you learn how to steer, navigate, keep a lookout, climb the masts and maintain the ship. You will sail with a diverse range of individuals (some who may be physically disabled) working together closely to learn how to sail this mighty ship while at the same time making new friends with your fellow crew!



  • Gain hands-on sailing experience as you sail across the glittering ocean
  • Make lifelong friends and create unforgettable memories as you battle the waves


  • Minimum age of 17 years


Location Choose from specific voyages
Activities Everyday running of the ship
Ship maintenance
Preparation and cooking of food
Accommodation Bunk beds in shared cabin aboard


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (3 meals a day)
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This exciting project combines adventure and personal accomplishment in an altogether rewarding experience. Become part of a diverse crew which sails the picturesque Mediterranean Sea helping to change lives and broaden perspectives. The crew consists of a mix of the able-bodied and physically disabled, sailing together in a specially adapted ship. This project will prove to you that anything is possible regardless of a person’s physical capabilities and will undoubtedly change your outlook on life. You will be ‘buddied’ up, usually in able-bodied/physically disabled pairs, to offer support and assistance as and when needed – you will likely find yourself gaining much more from this partnership than you ever expected.


While on board you will be involved in a range of activities - from helping to navigate and steer the ship to cooking dinner for the hungry crew! When you first arrive on ship you will be put into one of four teams, called ‘Watches’ which take it in turns to be responsible for various tasks on board the  ship. You will also be given a watch card which details exactly what you should be doing at which times during the day. When you are involved in watchkeeping duty you will be helping with steering the ship, keeping a lookout and handling the sails. An experienced watch leader will accompany you on each watch, and will ensure that you are given tasks that suit your individual strengths. Together you will sail the ship! Even when you are not on watch, you’ll definitely be kept busy on and below deck. And don’t worry if you don’t understand the lingo at first, you’ll easily pick it up and become savvy as you take to life on board!  

Sample Itinerary

0800: Breakfast

0900: Happy Hour

1000: Smoko (tea, coffee, cakes and fruit)

1030: Free time (sail setting, mast climbing, time to do what you want)

1150: First lunch sitting

1230: Watch duty (helming, taking readings, keeping lookout)

1500: Smoko (afternoon tea)

1600: Free time

1800: Dinner

1900: Free time (chat to crew, chill on deck, head to bed ready for night watch)

2345: Woken for night watch

0000: Watch duty

0400: Free time (sleep!)

0800: Breakfast


Upon arrival in the country where your voyage departs, you will make your own way to the dock where the ship will be at anchor using our easy to follow instructions. We can arrange an airport pick-up for you at an extra cost. On arrival at the ship you will be greeted by the crew, who will show you to your bunk and begin your induction and training. You will be provided with detailed instructions prior to your departure so there is no need to worry! 

At the end of your voyage, you will disembark the ship in the country specified. Please be aware that all arrangements following the completion of the voyage are your own responsibility.


Throughout the voyage you will be fed and accommodated onboard the tall ship. On board, the cabins have spacious, fixed bunks for you to sleep, and hot showers to rinse off after a hard day on deck. Bathroom facilities are shared with the other volunteers. The ship even has its very own library and well-stocked bar to relax in after a busy day, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow crew. 


While on board you will be cooked for by a professional chef, who will provide you with 3 meals a day. You will feel at home on the ship as you delight at the cakes, biscuits and scones baked for elevenses and afternoon tea, referred to as ‘Smoko’ on board. There will be fresh fruit available to snack on during the day, and even some night rations if you find yourself peckish at night. Needless to say, you’ll definitely be well cared for during your voyage. Each day a member of the crew will help the cook in the preparation and cooking of the food. ‘Mess Duty’ is certainly a busy and rewarding part of life on board!  

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Why not spend your time before and after your voyage enjoying the sights and attractions of the countries you embark and disembark in? We have a wealth of information about England, Argentina and Brazil on our specific project pages for you to look through which highlight the very best things to see and do in each country.


Registration Fee $43

8th Jun (42 days) $6,795

29th Jul (8 days) $1,445

5th Aug (7 days) $1,295

11th Aug (10 days) $1,595

24th Aug (30 days) $4,995

9th Sept (14 Days) $3,345

13th Oct (4 days) $845

21st Oct (7 days) $1,195

8th Nov (16 days) $2,595

24th Nov (10 days) $1,645

21st & 29th Dec (8 days) $1,645


2017 - UK/Europe

Fri 13th Oct - Mon 16th Oct Portsmouth to Poole (4 days)

Sat 21st Oct - Fri 27th Oct Poole to Southampton (7 days)

Wed 8th Nov - Thurs 23rd Nov Southampton to Gibraltar (16 days)

Fri 24th Nov - Sun 3rd Dec Gibralter to Las Palmas (10 days)

Thurs 21st Dec - Thurs 28th Dec Gran Canaria Christmas Voyage (8 days)

Fri 29th Dec - Fri 5th Jan 2018 Gran Canaria New Year Voyage (8 days)

2017 - Canada

Thurs 8th Jun - Wed 19th Jul London to Quebec (42 days)

Sat 22nd Jul  - Sat 29th Jul Quebec to Cornerbrook (Newfoundland) (8 days) - FULLY BOOKED

Sat 29th Jul - Sat 5th Aug Cornerbrook to Sydney (Cape Breton) (8 days)

Sat 5th Aug - Fri 11th Aug Sydney to Lunenburg (Nova Scotia) (7 days)

Fri 11th Aug - Sun 20th Aug Lunenburg to Saint John (New Brunswick) (10 days)

Thurs 24th Aug - Fri 22nd Sept Saint John to London (30 days)


Sat 9th Sept - Fri 22nd Sept Fiji Round Trip (14 Days)


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Project orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro (RJ) (RIO), Southampton (SOU), London Heathrow Apt (LHR), Amsterdam (AMS)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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