Jubilee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust operate Lord Nelson and Tenacious, two very special tall ships that are designed specifically to allow those both with and without disabilities to sail side-by-side as equals. They offer anything from introductory day sails to two-week voyages and even long ocean passages throughout the year.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust operate Lord Nelson and Tenacious, two very special tall ships that are designed specifically to allow those both with and without disabilities to sail side-by-side as equals. They offer anything from introductory day sails to two-week voyages and even long ocean passages throughout the year.

Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 - Race 2

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Dublin, Ireland
June 3, 2018


Bordeaux, France
June 16, 2018

Race an incredible fleet of tall ships across the Bay of Biscay!

Lord Nelson is one of the UK’s best known tall ships and one of the only ones in the world to be completely accessible for people of all physical abilities. In 2018 you can join her intrepid crew for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta - an exciting series of races between Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux! The voyages are not too long, perfect if you are looking to fit a trip in around work or studying.

Interested in Race 2?

Starting in Dublin, you’ll spend a night aboard Lord Nelson, making friends with other trainees from around the world and meeting the permanent crew. You’ll also get to meet your buddy, who you will be partnered with during the voyage. It’s expected that most trainees are new to sailing – so don’t worry if you don’t have any experience, you’ll soon find your sea legs!

The next day you’ll join the rest of the fleet as they leave Dublin in a parade of sail: the banks of the Liffey will be packed with people and the famous Sam Beckett bridge will swing open to let the regatta through. You’ll then head out of sight of land, learning the ropes as you sail into the Celtic Sea to the start of the race.

From here the adventure really begins, with you helping Lord Nelson sail 480 miles in some of the most engaging and varied sailing conditions in Europe. Tackling deep ocean and cresting Atlantic rollers, you will leave the Celtic Sea, race past the Brittany peninsular and cross the Bay of Biscay before streaming into the Gironde estuary. Each part of the voyage will test your new-found skills as you help the experienced crew keep Lord Nelson on course and at sailing at maximum speed!

The voyage ends at the charming city of Bordeaux, which will be holding its bi-annual wine festival. Lord Nelson expects to be in port early to give you the time to explore the beautiful harbor side and town. Don’t forget to join in with the crew parade and party, you’ll get to meet trainees from all over the world and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine if you fancy!

This 14-day voyage is a real adventure and you’ll get to develop your skills and build lifelong friendships in an amazing environment. Picture yourself climbing the rigging, maintaining the ship, cooking in the galley, and steering the helm – challenging yourself and trying new, unique experiences.

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You can get to Dublin from the rest of Ireland by rail or by road, and from the rest of the world by ferry or by air.

You can fly into Dublin Airport with a range of airlines. Dublin airport is the largest in the Republic, and is well connected to the city centre by taxis and local buses. The blue Aircoach travels between the airport terminals and to key locations in the city centre.

Irish Ferries and Stena Line offer ferry services from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin’s European Ferry Port. You can also get ferries to Dublin from Cherbourg in France.

You can travel to Dublin from all railway stations in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, and when you arrive in Dublin the local DART or LUAS railways are available to run you around the city. The city is also surrounded by the M50 motorway, and road travellers can use the Dublin Port Tunnel to easily access the port area of the city.


Bordeaux is easy to get to and from by rail and by road – and has an international airport 5 miles from the city centre in Mérignac.

You can easily travel to and from Bordeaux by road. Surrounding the city is a ring road called the ‘Rocade’ which connects to several motorways: the A10 motorway to Paris by, the A89 to Lyon, the A62 to Toulouse by, and the A63 towards Spain. The international coach company Eurolines operates out of the city, offering coach travel to/from Paris and London.

The main railway station, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean has fast connections, travel from the city to Paris takes approximately three hours. By connecting through Paris you can easily travel to major European cities, such as Amsterdam or London (via Eurostar).

Catching an aeroplane at Bordeaux Airport is the quickest way of getting to/from the region. The airport is connected to both the train station and city centre by the bus line ‘1+’. This bus service, run by the city, is affordable and frequent.


Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland – and Ireland’s biggest city. Set on the banks of the River Liffey as it flows into Dublin Bay, the city is full of charming cobbled streets, and old pubs, juxtaposed with trendy pop up restaurants and technology company headquarters.

The city champions all that is truly Irish: warmth, friendliness, and good craic! The many pubs, cafés and art galleries in Temple Bar often have folk musicians playing in the evenings and you should check them out if you love good beer and good music. We’d particularly recommend enjoying a pint and some Irish stew at Dublin's oldest microbrewery pub, the Porterhouse.

If you love history you should go and see the splendid 18th century buildings of Dublin Castle or explore the renaissance grandeur of Trinity College Dublin – its library holds the world-famous Book of Kells. To celebrate another key part of Irish culture, the Guinness Storehouse tour is worth doing – especially as they give out free samples– just beware of the crowds of tourists! For politics lovers Leinster House, home of the national parliament of Ireland, and the stately President’s house (Áras an Uachtaráin) in Phoenix Park are also worth seeing.

Since the millennium Dublin has experienced economic growth, becoming home to many international technology firms, like Amazon and TripAdvisor – it is also embracing a liberal identity, embracing diversity and hosting events such as the annual Gay Pride parade in the city.

The Tall Ships moor up in Dublin along the River Liffey which runs through the centre of the city. Attractions such as Temple Bar and Trinity College will be really nearby when you board/visit/disembark the ships and the river itself hosts unique attractions such as a diving bell and wakeboarding!

Dublin is a rich cultural city with excellent pubs, restaurants, music and culture. Again and again people who come to Dublin fall in love with it – and it’s easy to see why! Sláinte Dublin - we look forward to our next trip!


Bordeaux is the largest city in the Gironde region of South West France, and famous for its red wines. Every two years it hosts the VinExpo, the world’s largest wine fair, with produce from the regions chateau vineyards showcased in the city.

*Quite coincidentally* the Tall Ships have decided to travel to Bordeaux during VinExpo 2018 meaning the city will be hosting two major events at once, hosting fantastic tall ships along with the region’s best wine merchants. A partnership made in heaven!

While you stay in Bordeaux why not explore the city’s delightful waterfront? Its historical importance and beauty has meant that it is the largest urban area with UNESCO world heritage status. While your ship is moored up against the city’s medieval quaysides you can explore charming neoclassical houses and warehouses before enjoying a bite to eat in the beautiful cafés dotted around. We would recommend trying a chilled glass of rosé while dining outside in the sun (but then again who wouldn’t recommend that!)

If you feel like exploring some of the history and culture in the city, you should check out the gothic Cathedral of Saint Andrew – complete with its stunning rose window. Awesomely, the King of England bought so much wine from the city during the Middle Ages that the the city could pay for the Cathedral!

The University of Bordeaux is very popular and the thousands of visiting scholars have meant the modern areas of the city enjoy a youthful vibe with hip coffee shops, super-food trucks and striking modern architecture. One of the coolest places to go in Bordeaux is to the Centre of Contemporary Visual Arts. The centre has a fantastic collection of modern art and is hidden away inside some unassuming warehouses on the docks.

Sailing into Bordeaux really shows what the city is about – when you enter the city by ship you pass under the iconic and very modern Chaban Delmas lift-bridge before mooring up at the medieval quayside. It’s this contrast of old and new that makes Bordeaux an exciting and fresh destination to visit – with something for everyone – and wine for all!

Thinking about sailing aboard Lord Nelson?

This ship is great for those who love working co-operatively with people from all walks of life and want to be a part of an award winning structured training programme. Whether you have never sailed before, or are a seasoned old salt, Lord Nelson can offer a truly unique, supportive environment.

Lord Nelson is one of the UK’s best known tall ships and one of the only ones in the world that is completely accessible for people of all physical abilities. The ship and her crew strive to make sail training accessible to all people, showing that anybody can sail aboard a tall ship.

The ship has gone from strength to strength in recent years, completing a two-year voyage around the world and winning ASTO’s 'sail training ship of the year award' in 2014. She typically takes aboard 40 trainees, divided into watches of 10 trainees.

As a Lord Nelson trainee, you would be put into pairs through a unique buddy system – you would be paired up with another trainee, and you would learn to sail together – building a lasting friendship and supporting each other. Together you would steer at the helm, navigate by the stars, cook in the galley, climb the rigging and maintain the ship.

After you have finished your watches for the day, you will get plenty of opportunities to relax with your new crewmates and friends. There is a bar and library aboard, a mess room where you can chat and play games and a full galley serving delicious meals three times a day.

Most trainees sleep in comfy bunks in the forecastle, while there are eight cabins in the middle of the ship for wheelchair users and their buddies. Blankets and duvets are provided and each bunk has a privacy curtain.

Lord Nelson is well equipped for day to day living, and has accessible toilets and showers aboard. She has full air-conditioning/ heating throughout, and European style 240V plugs to charge phones/devices.

Interested? Book now!

General Requirements

Minimum Age: 16

Insurance Requirements

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Trainee Crew on Voyages and you MUST supply the JST with a copy of your policy prior to sailing. Any travel insurance you purchase MUST cover you for “tall ships sailing outside of coastal waters”. It is recommended that you arrange insurance cover at the time of booking your Voyage. We recommend that you ensure that your travel insurance covers the eventualities described in the Terms and Conditions.

Voyage Summary

You will be sailing Lord Nelson for the voyage "Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 - Race 2".

You will embark on June 3, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland and disembark on June 16, 2018 in Bordeaux, France.

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