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Tall Ships Race series & other adventure voyages 2011

The Tall Ships Race series 2011 is over.

For future opportunities please see the voyage programme 2015.

Tall Ships 2011:

Waterford (Ireland) - Greenock (Scotland) - Lerwick (Shetland) - Stavanger (Norway) - Halmstad (Sweden), plus some exciting adventure voyages to bring the vessel home from Sweden via the Kiel Canal, Cuxhaven and Ipswich. .

Tall Ships 2011

The Tall Ships series brings together sail training vessels crewed by young people aged 15-25 from all over the world., ranging from the largest square-rigged vessels, through a wide range of traditional boats, to the Class C vessels, like John Laing, which are yachts with a more modern rig.

The host ports of a Tall Ships series traditionally lay on superb hospitality for visiting crews, with festivals, entertainments, a wide range of activities and a chance to see other vessels and visit the town itself.

These are some of the most adventurous voyages of John Laing's season, and taking part is always an unforgettable experience.

For official Tall Ships voyages or other voyages starting and finishing at Tall Ships festivals, the age range for John Laing's crew members is 15-25.

We take both male and female crew, and no previous sailing experience is required - all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm, a willingness to join in, learn new skills and work together with the rest of the crew.

Voyage details

As well as the two races and the official Tall Ships cruise in company, John Laing is offering a special adventure voyage to reach the start of Tall Ships and share in the first festival, and two exciting adventure cruises to come home after the end of the Tall Ships series.

Festival Cruise: 26 June - 2 July, Falmouth - Waterford (Ireland), 6 nights, £445pp, age 15-25. Sail to the first festival of this year's Tall Ships series, join the celebrations and events in Ireland, and see the Tall Ships gathering before the race! VOYAGE OVER.
Race 1: 2-11 July, Waterford (Ireland) to Greenock (Scotland), 9 nights, age range 15-25. £645 plus travel. VOYAGE OVER.
Cruise in company: 11-23 July, Greenock (Scotland) to Lerwick (Shetland), 12 nights, age range 15-25. £840 plus travel.VOYAGE OVER.
Race 2: 23-30 July, Lerwick (Shetland) to Stavanger (Norway), 7 nights, age range 15-25. £520 plus travel.VOYAGE OVER.
Race 3 : 30 July to 7 August, Stavanger (Norway) to Halmstad (Sweden), 8 nights, age range 15-25. £610 plus travel. VOYAGE OVER.

The following voyages are not part of the official Tall Ships events, but will be exciting adventure voyages as we make our way home:


Baltic cruise : 9-15 August, Halmstad (Sweden) to Cuxhaven (Germany) via Kiel Canal, 6 nights, age range 12-25. £455 plus travel. VOYAGE OVER.
Homeward cruise
: 16-23 August, Cuxhaven (Germany) to Ipswich (UK), 7 nights, age range 12-25. £510 plus travel. VOYAGE OVER.

 

Completed voyages


Festival Cruise: 26 June - 2 July, Falmouth - Waterford (Ireland), 6 nights, £445pp plus travel, age range 15-25.

Sail to the first festival of this year's Tall Ships series, join the celebrations and events in Ireland, and see the Tall Ships gathering before the race!

Falmouth Lands End

Start from Falmouth in the heart of Cornwall, sail round Lands End and across to Ireland in time to join the first festival of the 2011 Tall Ships series and be part of the events and activities. See here for Waterford festival details.

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Race 1: 2-11 July, Waterford (Ireland) to Greenock (Scotland), 9 nights, age range 15-25. £645 plus travel.

Waterford Waterford

Waterford hosted a fantastic Tall Ships festival in 2005 so we are really looking forward to going there again. It will be an amazing experience for John Laing's crew members, joining hundreds of other young people from all over the world for a fantastic programme of events and activities. See here for Waterford festival details.

On leaving Waterford, all the vessels take part in a parade of sail. On board John Laing, new crew members will be learning the basic skills needed for the voyage: everyone on board will become an important member of the team during the race.

Once the vessels cross the start line, the fleet heads south and west, to race up the beautiful west coast of Ireland. The vessels will spread out over a wide area, as everyone searches for the best weather and sailing conditions. Twice-daily radio schedules tell us where we are in relation not just to the rest of the fleet, but perhaps more importantly, in relation to other Class C vessels, against whom we are directly competing.

The race ends in time to enjoy another spectacular festival in Greenock. More information about the Greenock festival here.

Greenock

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Cruise in company: 11-23 July, Greenock (Scotland) to Lerwick (Shetland), 12 nights, age range 15-25. £840 plus travel.

Greenock

The crew for this voyage will arrive in time to enjoy the festival in Greenock (more information about the Greenock festival here) before setting off for a cruise through the Scottish islands. We will have a chance to explore the coastline and visit ports along the way, as well as socialising with other vessels taking part in the event.

The voyage will finish with another festival in Lerwick. More information about the Lerwick festival here.

Lerwick

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions. Girls only as the voyage has been part-booked for the Senior Section Girl Guides.

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Race 2: 23-30 July, Lerwick (Shetland) to Stavanger (Norway), 7 nights, age range 15-25. £520 plus travel. Girls only as the voyage has been part-booked for the Senior Section Girl Guides.

This voyage will start with a chance for the crew to enjoy the Lerwick festival in Shetland, visit the other vessels and take part in activities with other crew members.

Lerwick

There will be a spectacular parade of sail on leaving Lerwick, after which the fleet will race across the North Sea to Norway. Again, no sailing experience is necessary for John Laing's crew, as full training will be given on board.

The race ends with another great festival in Stavanger.

Stavanger

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions. Girls only as the voyage has been part-booked for the Senior Section Girl Guides.

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Race 3 : 30 July to 7 August, Stavanger (Norway) to Halmstad (Sweden), 8 nights, age range 15-25. £610 plus travel.

This voyage will start with a chance for the crew to enjoy the Stavanger festival, visit the other vessels and take part in activities with other crew members.

Stavanger

There will be another parade of sail on leaving Norway, after which the fleet will race past the northern tip of Denmark and into the Baltic.

The race ends with another great festival in Halmstad, Sweden.

Halmstad

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Baltic cruise : 9-15 August, Halmstad (Sweden) to Cuxhaven (Germany) via Kiel Canal, 6 nights, age range 12-25. £455 plus travel.

This voyage starts just after the end of the Halmstad Tall Ships festival, with a return to peace in the beautiful Baltic! Because the festival is not part of the voyage, we can go a little below the Tall Ships minimum age on board if required.

Halmstad

We will then cruise south and west through the islands, perhaps with other vessels making their way home from Tall Ships. We'll use the Kiel Canal to get back into the North Sea.

Kiel Kiel

The voyage will end in Cuxhaven, Germany.

Cuxhaven

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Homeward cruise: 16-23 August, Cuxhaven (Germany) to Ipswich (UK), 7 nights, age range 12-25. £510 plus travel.

This voyage will start in Cuxhaven at ther mouth of the Elbe River.

Cuxhaven

After that, we can cruise wherever we like - maybe the German and Dutch Frisian islands, or other ports along the coast, or a quick run across the North Sea back to the UK - a lot depends on the weather at the time. Again, no sailing experience is necessary for John Laing's crew, as full training will be given on board.

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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How to book a voyage
- including booking forms

Register interest in Tall Ships 2011 with OYT South

 

Other types of voyages:

ASTO Small Ships races

UK-based voyages
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Residential Projects

Want to sail but can't afford it? - Help with funding

2015 voyage programme

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“Thanks for another wicked voyage!” Ben, aged 18

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