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Voyage Around the World
Redefine epic by joining a leg of this voyage around the world on a traditional tall ship. This fantastic adventure begins and ends in Nova Scotia, Canada with stops in the Cook Islands, Indonesia and South Africa. Share the work and the accomplishments with 40 fellow crew who’ll become like family after a few months at sea. This unique voyage requires commitment and a true spirit of adventure from all who are selected.
- Sail around the world
- Experience unique and colorful island communities at each port
- Sea lions, penguins, porpoises, whales
- Visit many countries on your bucket list
- Become a bonafide sailor
- Time for deep reflection and contemplation
This is a voyage for learning. You’ll learn about life at sea, the ways of a ship, about people in communities different than yours, and, of course, about yourself. Your primary aim is to cross each great ocean under canvas and gain sailing skills along the way. You’ll be responsible for steering, rigging, sail making, chart work, splicing, small boat handling, and navigation.
The second purpose is exploration. Get to know Earth’s oceans for yourself. Experience trade winds, island life, legendary ports, and the immensity of our planet. It’s pretty easy to leave everyday life behind and immerse in a simpler, clearer way of life. Imagine the simplicity of busy ports, the serenity of long passages, the exhilaration of petting baby sea lions in the Galapagos, and the joy of hosting an on deck dance party for the locals.
You ships round the world route includes stops in Panama, the Galapagos, Pitcairn Island, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Madagascar, the Cape of Good Hope, Namibia, St Helena, Tonga, Fiji, Bali, France, Saint Marten, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique, and more. 30,000 nautical miles in just over a year!
Life at sea isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work and a lot of people to circumnavigate the world in a square rigger tall ship. Sailing round-the-clock whilst you’re at sea, you’ll work different ‘Watch’ patterns night and day.
The watch is what’s known as a three-watch system: four hours on, eight hours off. Though there will be times when it’s all hands on deck (literally). During the day, time is spent cleaning, steering, handing the sails, doing rigging work, and other maintenance tasks like painting, tarring, and oiling. Sometimes the cook puts out a call for an extra dishwasher.
When your shift is over, you can sleep, rest, take in a workshop or just look out on the never-ending ocean or up at the clear star-filled skies and ponder your place in world.
If you’re dedicated to learning sailing and working as a team, this is the epic adventure you’ve been looking for. Join the ship and let the sea be your teacher on this wonderful voyage around the world. Enquire today
The Planned Voyage Around the World
Leaving the chilly North Atlantic in her wake, the ship steers south for the tropics to the Panama Canal. After loading supplies and trade goods for the South Pacific Islands at the fascinating and history city of Balboa, Panama, we venture into the broad Pacific. A week or so at sea brings us to the strange and desolate world of the Galapagos – barren volcanic islands oddly teeming with life.
Porpoises, iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and even penguins remain the principal denizens of these protected islands.
From there, we watch the southeast trade winds on our first long sea passage – 2,700 miles to Pitcairn Island. Isolated in the loneliest reaches of the South Pacific, the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian consorts still call Pitcairn Island home. Few have the privilege of visiting Pitcairn, yet old friends of Captain Moreland welcome the crew ashore in turns to share in island living as the ship lies hove-to off-shore with a watch aboard.
The next few months are spent sailing the broad blue and legendary South Pacific where coral reefs and languid, protected lagoons make for perfect diving, fishing, swimming, and overnight expeditions in the ship’s longboat. In Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, our South Pacific Island homeport, the crew is made to feel especially welcome in that unique Cook Island ‘Kia Orana’ way, with island night fests and dances. Then on to intensely ‘old school’ Polynesian Tonga (Polynesia’s only unconquered kingdom), and Fiji, where Polynesia meets Melanesia. Just when we think the whole world consists of idyllic Polynesian islands, we sail through the islands of Vanuatu, where we can attend a traditional ‘kastom’ dance, and have a feast of ‘laplap’ and ‘kava’ with villagers on Malekula. Or trading for baskets and carvings in Pentecost. The setting for Michener’s World War II ‘Tales of the South Pacific’, old bombers lay wrecked in the jungles from the landings of their last flights. And Jack London’s stories of these islands with their magic and brooding volcanos could have been written yesterday instead of a century ago.
Sailing ever westward, we thread the tide-ripped Torres Strait into the Arafura sea to Bali and its crowded harbour leading to a land of huge stone temples, thrumming night markets, terraced rice paddies, monkey forests, ancient elaborate dances, wood and stone carving and a busy cultural and spiritual life that will introduce us to new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. The ship then sails across the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Reunion, Madagascar, and down around the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, ‘Tavern of the Seas’, is the gateway to much of southern Africa with enriching visits to townships, wildlife preserves and beautiful wine country in the soft Mediterranean climate of the Western Cape province. We expect to put in at the diamond country of Namibia before setting off for St. Helena, that outpost of the British Empire and last island of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte.
Then we square yards for a long South Atlantic ‘flying fish’ passage which hauls us across the equator and to the emerald Isles of the Caribbean, such as Grenada, Carriacou or Martinique and others where we will explore and sail our small boats with local knowledge of a rare depth. Island boat building, cities wrecked by volcanos, classic yacht regattas, sugar cane plantations and rich histories will be our fare. Our last tropical passage takes us north to Bermuda and the final leg home to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
One year and a bit, 30,000 miles. The voyage of a lifetime.
Leg 1 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada March 19, 2018
Panama & Panama Canal
Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands August 1, 2018
Leg 2 Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands August 2, 2018
Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands
Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Bali, Indonesia October 29, 2018
Leg 3 Bali, Indonesia October 30, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa January 28, 2019
Leg 4 Cape Town, South Africa January 29, 2019
Grenada & the Grenadines
British Virgin Islands
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada May 18, 2019
It’s a lot of work to circumnavigate the world in a square-rigged ship. You will experience exhilarating sailing days of incomparable beauty. Then there will be days of temper-straining tedium in muggy doldrums when nothing seems to be going right. At times you will be hot, dirty and fed up. At other times, bathed in sea breezes, you will wish to be nowhere else in the world. This voyage is anything but a casual endeavor. It is a challenge, sometimes a very personal one.
But what is life at sea like? In the tropics we live, work, and often sleep on deck in the trade winds – a barefoot, healthy outdoor life. We are on a three-watch system: 4 hours on duty with the next 8 hours off. Occasionally all hands will be called.
On our daytime 4-hour watch we spend our time steering, handling sail, doing rigging work, sail making and keeping our seagoing home clean, orderly, and shipshape. Sanding, painting, cleaning, tarring the rig, oiling the spars are all traditional duties of seafarers before the mast. You will also be called upon to help the cook in the galley and to take our turn washing dishes. Off watch there is plenty of time for leisure and solitude. Time to read and write letters home, work on your canvas ditty bag or new sea chest. Time to learn the sextant, marlinspike and sewing palm. Time to strum a guitar up on the foredeck when the afternoon watch is done and contemplate the beauty of the sea and sky around us.
Frequent workshops in ropework, rigging, seamanship, Rules of the Road, celestial navigation, ocean winds and weather and other nautical subjects as well as safety drills are carried out during the long sea passages. Naturally, much of our learning is simply absorbed while carrying out our daily tasks and useful work sailing the ship, up aloft in the thousands of square feet of sail doing a rigging job for the bosun with the wide blue ocean sparking below, hauling on braces at the lee rail to trim the yards with your watch-mates, standing your trick at the helm, keeping forward lookout on a star-filled night on the foc’sle head.
The ship is a classic square rigger, a representation of the latter days of the age of sail when deep-sea sailing ships reached their highest development. Strong, stable, and seaworthy, the ship’s clipper-bowed hull is built of rugged riveted steel.
She has clear, open decks of oiled pine. She exemplifies those last great steel sailing ships that battled Cape Horn and brought their crews and cargoes safely into port. From the jutting jibboom, along her graceful shear to her large teak steering wheel all the way aft up on the quarterdeck and aloft through her 205 lines of manila running rigging, to her massive steel masts and wooden yards spreading out what looks like acres of canvas sails, all made by hand aboard the ship, she is the last of a breed.
Built in England of North Sea design, the ship spent years trading from the Arctic circle along the fjords of Norway to southern Europe. She served with distinction in the British Royal Navy during WWII. After years of cold, grueling North Atlantic service, she was completely overhauled and refitted for deep-sea trade wind voyaging. All hands are accommodated in upper and lower pilot bunks in the large, communal main salon in the ‘tween decks as well as in the traditional sailors’ foc’sle, forepeak and after bunkroom.
Her barque rig is powerful and proven, her Danish diesel auxiliary engine ample and reliable. She is fully outfitted with modern up-to-date safety, rescue, and fire-fighting equipment.
Her stability has been thoroughly tested in inclining experiments, calculations and in sailing tens of thousands of miles safely in gales and all kinds of weather. High rails and a stout rig go a long way to keep us safe on board in even extreme heavy weather. Five steel bulkheads divide her six watertight compartments. She is surveyed annually by recognised certified inspectors.
The world voyage is open to men and women who are dedicated to learning the way of a ship and contributing to the common good of the voyage. Mostly we are looking for folks who will make good shipmates. Sailing experience is not essential, but under the Captain and his officers, the ship is as fine a teacher of the ways of a ship and the sea as one could hope for. You must be willing and able to do your fair share at sea and in port on this working expedition. A flexible, tolerant person with the ability to get along with people and new situations will make for a good shipmate.
Entire Voyage: March 19, 2018 – May 18, 2019 – 48,000 USD
Leg 1: March 19 – August 1, 2018 – 15,000 USD
Leg 2: August 2 – October 29, 2018 – 15,000 USD
Leg 3: October 30, 2018 – January 28, 2019 – 15,000 USD
Leg 4: January 29 – May 18, 2019 – 15,000 USD
Everything’s Included on your Voyage
All that’s included in your trainee fees—your bunk and board, your share of the cost of running and maintaining the ship, port fees and entry fees for the countries we visit, plus, all instruction and training.
Just one week at an approved sailing school learning to sail a small boat will cost you $1,000. We teach you square-rig sailing, sail making, rigging, navigation and a host of other skills, those that are exclusively marine and those that easily transfer ashore.
Sail Around the World
- Trip Code: AWA410
- Dates: March 19, 2018 – May 18, 2019
- Price: from 15,000 USD
- Depart: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Arrive: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Length: one year
- Adventure: Sail around the world on this epic year-long unique and enriching voyage of discovery!