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Half Price Santa Cruz Island Hopping Tour on TS Pelican

Offer Price: £500.00 - Actual Value: £995.00 (you save £495.00)

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Address: Unit 6, Basepoint Business Centre, 15 Jubilee Close, Weymouth, DT4 7BS

Telephone: 01305 858274

Website: http://www.adventureundersail.com

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Santa Cruz - Island Hopping 25th Nov 2017 to 4th Dec 2017

Sail Away with us During November and December 2017 for a Winter Sailing Experience to Remember.

Join us in the port of Santa Cruz, Tenerife the largest of the Canary Islands and a great place to begin your adventure. Tourists come in their tens of thousands every year to visit its stunning scenery. It offers lush forests, exotic fauna and flora, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, incredibly beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches. Together with our experienced crew, you will sail from port to port, island to island…..wherever the wind may blow us! This fantastic cruise will take in as many of the Islands and their sights and sounds as we can pack in to your adventure! As part of our time in these beautiful islands, you will join in the day to day crewing aboard Pelican. From helming, rope pulling and rig climbing (for the brave of heart!) to cooking and keeping her ship shape……….

…….Drifting like flotsam off the coast of northwest Africa, the Canary Islands have long been a popular destination for sun-seekers, sailors and hikers. Synonymous with sandy beaches, sprawling holiday resorts and glorious weather, the archipelago is comprised of seven islands, which form one of Spain’s most distant territories.

Gran Canaria and Tenerife are probably the most mainstream islands. Their friendly resorts and sweeping beaches are packed most of the year with tourists from Europe and beyond. Meanwhile, Fuerteventura is famous for its wind-driven water sports and has some of the finest beaches in the region.

While not all of the islands have found the balance between developing tourism and preserving local life, Lanzarote has managed to combine modern resorts with eco-friendly developments and more aesthetically sensitive designs.

While most visitors come to the Canaries for sun, sea and sand, the archipelago is of volcanic origin and offers strikingly diverse landscapes including sub-tropical flora, abundant pine forests, giant sand dunes and mountain peaks.

La Gomera is a charming and undeveloped island. Meanwhile, little-visited La Palma is green, uncommercialised and arguably the most beautiful island. And most westerly of all is El Hierro, windblown and well off the beaten track, it attracts a handful of hardy hikers each year.

Closer to Africa than Spain, the islands were conquered by the Castilians in the early 15th century and although they remain part of the motherland, the Canarians have a distinct culture, with many calling for greater autonomy and some independence.

We are sure that sailing these beautiful islands will be a truly unforgettable experience. Book your voyage now aboard Tall Ship Pelican and let your winter blues drift away….

Your voyage price is inclusive of berth accommodation and all meals

n.b we are at the mercy of the wind and weather – all stops, anchorages and visits will be dependent upon safe conditions

Square Rig

The ideal rig for sail training should include square sails on at least one mast, particularly if operating worldwide on the Trade Routes when the trainees have time to become conversant with its complexities. The exciting downwind performance is normally offset by an inability to go to windward effectively.  This can frustrate plans to reach upwind locations and, in the worst case, increases the risk of becoming embayed.

A modern solution is to 'motor-sail' using the engine, making excessive noise, wasting fuel and creating an uncomfortable motion, which puts unnatural stress on the rig. Not an ideal solution!

Fore and Aft rig

The desired weatherly performance can, of course, be achieved with Fore and Aft rigs, which are not so crew intensive but can become threatening downwind in severe conditions. Historically, a compromise has been struck in the Topsail Schooner but it remains only a partial solution to the dilemma.

The Polacre/Xebec rig

Phillip Goode, yacht and sail designer, based in Majorca as the Lloyds agent, had a particular interest in the Barbary coast Xebecs, the most successful corsair vessels of the Mediterranean for two centuries and, arguably, the fastest displacement sailing vessels of all time for their size.

This hybrid sail arrangement of the square Norse sails on the main mast and a massive triangular Lateen on the fore mast in one ship had spawned a cult of swift and weatherly pirate ships whose ability to outrun their pursuers was legendary.

Using the geometry of the Xebec rig, Phillip had designed a number of sail plans for modern yachts which he tested on scale models but - in spite of achieving exceptional results on all points of sailing - they did not appeal to the owners of today's maxi-yachts. Fortuitously he was put in touch with Graham Neilson and a collaborative project was launched for the Pelican.

Verification of the rig by Lloyds of London

The unconventional sail distribution and rigging plan were bound to raise questions of strength and security, so it was decided to submit all elements to scrutiny under the 'Verification of Rig' procedure now available at Lloyds' Register in London.

Computer Generated Analysis

Here, all sections of the masts, bowsprit and standing rigging were 'modelled' and subjected to the maximum wind speeds acceptable for Full and Plain sail, ultimately reducing to 'bare poles' in hurricane conditions at 122 knots!

From the predicted sail loading and ship movement the mast scantlings were analysed for axial force (vertical thrust), bending and buckling. Rig tensions were then calculated and the standard Safety Factor of 3.5:1 applied to ensure that the chosen wire rigging and terminals would be sufficiently robust. A 16-page report and annexes with colour computer graphics concludes:  ""...the minimum acceptance criteria were satisfied in all cases"".

The Masts

The masts are fully galvanised 20-sided steel in hollow section.  Historically, 'lower' masts were always stepped on the keel, emerging at the weather deck through mast collars with wedges, packing and aprons to prevent leaking. Now, stump masts - which are integral with the hull and deck structures - are Lloyd's preferred option and are fitted in Pelican. These terminate in a flange, half a metre above the wooden deck.  The mast itself, with an identical flange at its base, is then bolted to the stump - ensuring continuity and water tightness.

The Man behind the Project

On leaving the Royal Navy as a Commander in 1982, Graham Neilson committed his life to the development of youth, through long ocean voyages under sail.

Pelican is Graham's second ship, having previously coverted the hull of the Dutch lugger Astrid into a handsome brig cleared for worldwide operation and dedicated to the service of youth by HRH Princess Anne in 1989.  

Astrid completed 16 eventful and trouble-free annual transatlantic voyages, each lasting three months. She would visit up to 12 countries and islands, providing a unique opportunity for exploration and self-learning as part of a wider educational experience.

Her summer schedule in European waters was open to all ages. In spite of ""never sailing with an empty berth"", her earning capacity (with only 25 berths) proved insufficient to sustain a varied and exciting programme and in 1997 she was sold back to Holland by her trustees.

Learning these lessons from the past and through the fortuitous introduction to Phillip Goode, the superb hull of the Pelican was acquired from Norway and the reconstruction began at Portland in Dorset in 1995.

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