Lands End's famous granite stacks, courtesy of Jake Mete.
Leaving the port of Weymouth, Pelican's hometown, on 23rd April, the ship will be sailing along the South coast of England, passing West Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. You will be signed on as trainee voyage crew and will experience a real hands-on sailing adventure, which involves you in all aspects of sailing the ship, under the watchful eye of our trained and experienced permanent crew.
Your involvement can include taking the helm to steer the ship, pulling ropes, setting the sails, navigational and chart-work, and even climbing the rigging to go aloft and work on the yard arms.
The ship will round the coast of Western Cornwall and Lands End before heading due North into St George's Channel, passing between Wales and Ireland, into the Irish Sea.
Pelican will be heading towards the Isle of Man, where we hope to be able to stop, giving people an opportunity to go ashore. She will then continue North, past the Outer Hebrides, and out into the North Atlantic Ocean.
Remaining close to the shore, the ship will turn in a North-Easterly direction towards the Isle of Mull, navigating the Sound of Kerrera, and will arrive in Oban on 2nd May.
View of Western Isles from Heaval, courtesy of Chris McLean
The Western Isles of Scotland are arguably the most under-appreciated landmark in the UK. Spanning an area of approximately 3,070 km2, these islands are absolutely stunning and are a natural habitat for multitudes of native wildlife. Join the ship in the small but picturesque town of Oban on 3rd May. The ship will leave Oban and head West towards the Isle of Mull, giving you an opportunity to see the Outer Hebrides from the sea.
Whilst there will be many opportunities to appreciate the local flora and fauna, you will also be part of the trainee voyage crew and will be involved in all aspects of sailing our tall ship, under the supervision of our trained crew.
The islands we are most likely to visit include Mull,
Leaving from the tiny town of Oban, join the tall ship Pelican as she sails South to Liverpool, one of the UK's oldest and busiest ports.
Over 4 nights the ship will navigate the Outer Hebridian islands of Scarba, Colonsay, Jura, and Islay before entering the Irish Sea to take her to Liverpool. During this voyage you may be lucky enough to see dolphins, porpoises, and many native seabirds.
The Liver Building, courtesy of Chowells.