June 3, 2018
June 16, 2018
Race an incredible fleet of tall ships across the Bay of Biscay!
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.