Join us for the Caribbean adventure of a lifetime
Following the success of our first two SII Tall Ships Challenges back in 2019 and again in 2022, which were in Cork and Poole respectively, we decided the only way to improve on the voyages was to head for warmer climes! 2023 saw our first venture to the Caribbean, and it really was the adventure of a lifetime.
Spinal Injuries Ireland commissioned the SV Tenacious Tall Ship and led a crew of 40 people of all abilities on the voyage. Over a three day period, we sailed from the stunning location of Falmouth Harbour in Antigua, down past the volcano island of Montserrat, to the island of Guadaloupe. There, we disembarqued in the picture perfect town of Deshaies, famed for hosting the TV series Death in Paradise, where we went swimming with sea turtles and sampled the local cuisine.
We boarded the ship after a beautiful day on the beach and spent the night at anchor off the island. The folllowing day, we had a swim off the side of the ship before raising anchor and setting off for Antigua and our flight back home.
All in all we spent 7 nights on board the ship. The days were filled with a variety of duties – hauling and flaking the ropes, setting the sails, mess duty and even swabbing the decks! Tiring but rewarding work for all the crew. But our nights were filled with music and stars as we soaked up the warm, tranquil Caribbean atmosphere.
We can’t wait to bring another crew to the Caribbean to share in the experience.
Our crew shall be made up of 8 people who use wheelchairs, their personal assistants, and 24 further people of all backgrounds and abilities. No sailing experience is required; all that is needed is determination. There are no passengers on this Tall Ship though. Every person has a role, every person is an equal member of the crew, and every person contributes to the success of this voyage as part of a powerful team. If you join the crew you will be on shift, on duty and part of the team!
Cost and Fundraising
To participate each participant must raise a minimum of €6,500 (a deposit of €500 followed by €6,000). We will work with you to ensure that you reach your target easily, we will also be on hand to provide you with materials for your fundraising. This price includes flights, transfers between Antigua airport and the port, accommodation and full board.
To get a taste of what a trip on a SII Tall Ship Challenge is like, have a watch of our amazing 2019 crew reflect on their experiences….
Please enter your details below to register your interest and find out more about joining our 2024 Tall Ships Crew
Tall Ships Challenge 2024
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