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Lord Nelson New Year’s Voyage

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Embarkation
   December 29, 2018
   Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Disembarkation
   January 29, 2019
   Antigua, Caribbean

Enter the New Year in style on this transatlantic passage, blown along by the trade winds between two groups of stunning tropical islands, with a total lunar eclipse in the middle!

Enter the New Year in style on this transatlantic passage, blown along by the trade winds between two groups of stunning tropical islands, with a total lunar eclipse in the middle!

We'll spend the first night in dock to go through the safety briefings and get to know the diverse team who will be your crew mates. The following morning it's likely you'll get to climb the masts for the first time, before an overnight sail to Tenerife.

Here in Santa Cruz de Tenerife we will to bring in the New Year beneath the spectacular fireworks. Hopefully there'll be time to explore the island too.

Then your adventure really starts! We'll be sailing south to catch a ride on the trade winds that have propelled ships across the Atlantic for centuries. We might catch the winds early in the voyage, but if we have to travel further south to find them, then we might have the opportunity to visit Cape Verde.

This volcanic archipelago of 10 islands off the northwest coast of Africa is known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches.

From here on, it should be 3 weeks of nothing but clear blue ocean sailing.

This is true ocean trade wind sailing with the wind on the quarter, exactly what square riggers were designed for! We'll be outside of commercial shipping routes, so unlikely to see another vessel for a while. However, weather permitting, we will be graced by a spectacular natural phenomenon.

During our passage, on 21st January 2019, there will be a total lunar eclipse. As the Earth travels between the full Moon and the Sun, it will cast a shadow and turn the Moon blood red, creating an incredible sight!

We won't see land until reaching the Caribbean and we'll be heading to a particularly special place for the STS Lord Nelson to dock. Both our namesake and more recently the JST have been regular visitors to Antigua, so you can expect a very warm welcome.

About Lord Nelson

STS Lord Nelson is one of only two tall ships in the world designed to allow those of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals. Launched in 1986, Lord Nelson was the first tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. She offers anything from introductory day sails to two-week voyages and even long ocean passages throughout the year. In 2012-14 Lord Nelson undertook her most ambitious adventure with disabled and able bodied crews, a circumnavigation of the world. Lord Nelson's mission was ...Read More


Voyage Categories:  Disability Inclusion, Exploration, Sail Training

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