In Summer 2020, Pelican of London was chartered by Darwin 200 in preparation for the Darwin200 voyage around the world following Charles Darwin’s journey on HMS Beagle, which was due to set sail in September 2021 (see www.darwin200.com). Due to Covid19 restrictions the round the world voyage has been postponed, so, as a result of the successful round UK voyage in 2020, Darwin200 has again chartered Pelican of London to circumnavigate the UK in the summer of 2021. This will give the Darwin200 team, working with Seas Your Future, the opportunity to offer more people Sail Training and the chance to undertake Ocean Science investigations while visiting the most spectacular and interesting islands in the British Archipelago!
We are looking for voyage crew to supplement our professional crew to sail Pelican of London. No previous experience of sailing is required and by the time you have finished your voyage on Pelican of London you will be competent at crewing. The professional crew will offer participants all required training and guidance. Participants will be expected to assist with sailing in 4 hour on / 8 hour off shifts. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to sail through a unique sailing experience led by professional sailors on a stunning Tall Ship.
Between stops in ports around the UK’s coasts, we will sail to the most interesting and beautiful corners of the British Isles. We will explore breath-taking lochs and pass dramatic castles. We will land (where possible) to see circles of ancient standing stones, and (weather-permitting) the abandoned villages of the mysterious island of St Kilda, spot whales, seals and dolphins, and pass immense cliffside seabird colonies! Read the Darwin200 brochure for more detail.
VOYAGE LEG 1: Folkestone to Glasgow (Sunday May 16th to Saturday, June 12th). Arrive in Folkestone by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday May 16th for sail training on May 16th and May 17th, ready to set sail on May 18th. 28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.
VOYAGE LEG 2: Glasgow to Portree, Isle of Skye (Sunday June 13th to Saturday July 17th). Arrive in Glasgow by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday June 13th for sail training on June 13th and June 14th, ready to set sail on June 15th. 35 days / 34 nights: £3,150 contributed by participant.
Note: Portree is easy to access by road from mainland Scotland. Trains or buses service nearby Kyle of Lochalsh.
VOYAGE LEG 3: Portree to London (Sunday July 18th to Saturday August 14th). Arrive in Portree by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday July 18th for sail training on July 18th and July 19th, ready to set sail on July 20th. 28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.
Please note. There is also an option for you to come for any combination of the above Voyage Legs meaning that you can leave before the end point of any Voyage Leg. For example, if you are available for only 20 days, you may join at the start of any leg and leave early after 20 days rather than the planned end point. However, we cannot discount costs for ‘early leavers’ and planned dates for reaching ports may be subject to weather delays.
COVID-19: a rigorous Covid-19 strategy is in place to prevent Covid-19 being contracted by any participants of the UK Voyage. This strategy worked extremely effectively during our 2020 voyage, during which no Covid-19 cases arose whatsoever. All participants will be tested for Covid-19 prior to commencement of the UK Voyage. Temperatures will be taken on a daily basis for the first 14 days of participation. Protocols will be in place throughout the voyage, to ensure we undertake this journey Covid-19 free, so all participants
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Crew and students share experiences with you on their Seas Your Future voyages with College Partners and Darwin200.