Darwin200 UK Voyage

There are three options for you to join the incredible Darwin200 UK Voyage

OPTION 1: Come for the whole voyage
Start Sharpness, end London (July 30th to September 18th): £2,400 contributed by participant. 

OPTION 2: Come for the first half:
Start Sharpness, end Liverpool (July 30th to August 20th): £1,400 contributed by participant. 

OPTION 3: Come for second half:
Start Liverpool, end London (August 20th to September 18th): £1,800 contributed by participant. 

Email info@darwin200.com for more information and to sign up! 

 

WATCH THE DARWIN200 UK VOYAGE PROMO VIDEO

 

 

ONCE IN A LIFE TIME OPPORTUNITY

In preparation for the 2021 Darwin200 voyage around the world following Charles Darwin’s journey on HMS Beagle, (see www.darwin200.com ), the Darwin200 Team has chartered the tall ship Pelican of London to undertake a voyage around the UK to test our project systems, undertake promotional activities in major UK cities and ports, and to visit the most spectacular and interesting islands in the British Archipelago!

 

JOIN THE UK VOYAGE

Learn the ropes sailing aboard the spectacular tall ship Pelican and be part of the Darwin200 UK Voyage!

Between 24-hour stops in ports around the UK’s coasts, we will sail to the most interesting and beautiful corners of the British Isles. We will explore breath-taking lochs and pass dramatic castles. We will land (where possible) to see circles of ancient standing stones, the abandoned villages of the mysterious ‘lost’ island of St Kilda, spot whales and seals, and pass immense cliffside seabird colonies!

THE BEST BIT!

The UK Voyage is already paid for through sponsorship! We ask you to pay only a small contribution to cover your food costs and basic expenses directly incurred by your participation.

Join the UK Voyage at a fraction of the real cost of participation. This really is a once in a life time opportunity!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

The British archipelago comprises over 6,000 islands. 

In 2019, Lonely Planet selected the UK’s outer islands as one of the best destinations in Europe! They are often voted amongst the most beautiful islands in the world, yet few outsiders get to experience them in full.  

The Darwin200 UK Voyage will take you to discover the secrets and magic of these isles shimmering in the sea mists. Throughout the UK Voyage, we will opportunistically look for wildlife (whales, seals and seabirds). Some of the highlights include the following (all weather and Covid-19 dependent). These highlights relate to days in yellow in the itinerary below. 

Scilly Islands: we will visit these lush islands warmed by the Gulf Stream, and can have an afternoon relaxing in sub-tropical gardens and on white sandy beaches. 

Hebrides: we have two full days planned and will decide our exact visits as a group. Options include spotting seals and seabirds, visiting standing stone circles as old as the Egyptian pyramids, ancient Celtic Crosses and visits to whiskey distilleries. As we sail amongst the Hebrides, we may pass Duart Castle on Mull emerging from the mist, and Kisimul Castle on the Isle of Barra. 

On many of the Outer Hebrides, cars are forbidden. We may meet some of the last native Gaelic speakers, glimpse a long-forgotten culture of rearing highland cattle, crofting, community events and ceilidhs that bring people together like nowhere else on Earth.

Across the Hebrides, we may see highland cattle with shaggy hair, meet bizarre Hebridean sheep which grow two sets of horns, and step foot on exquisite white sand beaches that seem to belong in the Caribbean! 

We may pass Staffa Island, home to Fingal’s Cave famed for its hexagonal columns and eerie “wind-music”. 

Lastly, on the Isle of Lewis, we may visit traditional blackhouse villages, comprised of Scottish homesteads, built of stone with thatch roofs.

St Kilda: perhaps the highlight of the entire voyage, we have a day ashore at St Kilda, to explore the world-famous abandoned stone villages, observe some of Europe’s largest gannet breeding colonies (home to more than 60 000 nests) and hike amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. 

Shetlands and Orkney Islands: we may visit the world-renowned Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, see the Ring Of Brodgar, a neolithic stone circle and henge which is part of a World Heritage Site, and whale watch in waters famous for orcas and great whales! 

Bass Rock: on the return journey, we will sail near to Bass Rock to observe (from a distance) one of Europe’s largest concentrations of sea birds, with over 500,000 nesting! 

Arrival into London: finally, as our voyage becomes complete, we sail under Tower Bridge, and into London to celebrate our journey!

 

JOIN US

We are looking for twelve people to supplement our professional crew to sail Pelican during the UK voyage. 

No previous sailing experience is required. 

The professional crew will offer participants all training and guidance. Participants will be expected to assist with sailing in 4 hour on / 8 hour off shifts. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to sail, or to have a unique sailing experience led by professional sailors on a stunning tall ship! 

Note: the majority of your participation costs are covered through existing sponsorship. The contribution you pay (below in red) covers your food and other direct expenses incurred as a result of your participation. 

There are three options for you to join the UK Voyage:

OPTION 1: Come for the whole voyage:

Start Sharpness, end London (July 30th to September 18th).  

£2,400 contributed by participant. 

OPTION 2: Come for the first half:

Start Sharpness, end Liverpool (July 30th to August 20th).  

£1,400 contributed by participant. 

OPTION 3: Come for second half:

Start Liverpool, end London (August 20th to September 18th). 

£1,800 contributed by participant. 

Email info@darwin200.com for more information and to sign up or click the 'Join Us' button to complete the form. 

 

 

OUR SHIP

Pelican of London is a 45 m sail training ship, built in 1948 as an Arctic trawler.

Since 2012, she has operated as a specialist sail training vessel for young people, by the charity Adventure Under Sail. Pelican is ranked as a ‘Class A’ tall ship. She has three masts and a steel hull. 

During the voyage, she will be crewed by up to 10 professional crew along with up to 12 sailing participants (which you can be part of). Additionally, up to 14 Darwin200 staff and research programme participants will also be accommodated to undertake exciting science projects during the UK Voyage. Accommodation and meals will be aboard Pelican in comfortable (not luxurious) cabins. Each cabin consists of four bunks. 

COVID-19: a rigorous Covid-19 strategy is in place to prevent Covid-19 being contracted by any participants of the UK Voyage. All participants will be tested for Covid-19 prior to commencement of the UK Voyage. Temperatures will be taken on a daily basis for the first 14 days of participation. Strict protocols will be in place throughout the voyage, to ensure we undertake this journey Covid-19 free!

 

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Adventure Itinerary

THREE OPTIONS

OPTION 1: Come for the whole voyage: (July 30th to September 18th). 

OPTION 2: OR first half: start Sharpness, end Liverpool (July 30th to August 20th). 

OPTION 3: OR second half: beginning Liverpool, end London (August 20th to September 18th). 

Email Email info@darwin200.com for more information and to sign up! 

 

Training Day 1 (July 30th): Meet at 12:00 noon in Sharpness Docks, Gloucester, England for 36 hours of training.

Training Day 2 (July 30th): Training day on Pelican in Sharpness Docks.

Day 1 (August 1st) - Day 4 (August 4th): Depart Sharpness Docks and arrive at Folkestone. These days sailing will be a gentle start to ‘learn the ropes’.

Day 5 (August 5th) - Day 6 (August 6th): Depart Folkestone, arrive Southampton.

Day 7 (August 7th): Darwin200 promotional day in Southampton docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 8 (August 8th) - Day 9 (August 9th): Depart Southampton, arrive Plymouth.

Day 10 (August 10th): Darwin200 promotional day in Plymouth docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 11 (August 11th): Depart Plymouth, arrive Falmouth.

Day 12 (August 12th): Darwin200 promotional day in Falmouth docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 13 (August 13th): Sail to Scilly Islands. Afternoon ashore exploring Scilly Islands.

Day 14 (August 14th) - Day 15 (August 15th): Depart Scilly Islands, arrive at Cardiff.

Day 16 (August 16th): Darwin200 promotional day in Cardiff docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 17 (August 17th) - Day 19 (August 19th): Depart Cardiff, arrive Liverpool.

Day 20 (August 20th): Darwin200 promotional day in Liverpool docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 21 (August 21st) - Day 22 (August 22nd): Depart Liverpool, arrive Belfast. Anyone coming for first half of voyage only disembarks here. Anyone coming for second half of voyage only, joins Pelican here.

NOTE: depending upon the final numbers of people coming for second half only, participants coming for the second half only may be required to arrive in Liverpool 36 hours earlier for training.

Day 23 (August 23rd): Darwin200 promotional day in Belfast docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 24 (August 24th) - Day 25 (August 25th): Depart Belfast, arrive Glasgow.

Day 26 (August 26th): Darwin200 promotional day in Glasgow docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 27 (August 27th) - Day 28 (August 28th): depart Glasgow, arrive at the Hebrides.

Day 29 (August 29th) -  Day 30 (August 30th): Two days ashore exploring various islands of the Hebrides.

Day 31 (August 31st) - Day 32 (September 1st): depart Hebrides, arrive to St Kilda.

Day 33 (September 2nd): Full day exploring the ‘lost’ island of St Kilda (ruined stone villages, bird colonies and epic landscapes).

Day 34 (September 3rd) - Day 36 (September 5th): depart St Kilda, arrive Orkney Islands.

Day 37 (September 6th): Full day exploring Orkney Islands.

Day 38 (September 7th) - Day 39 (September 8th): depart Orkney Islands, arrive at Shetland Islands.

Day 40 (September 9th): Full day exploring Shetland Islands.

Day 41 (September 10th) - Day 43 (September 12th): depart Shetland Islands, arrive at Edinburgh.

Day 44 (September 13th): Darwin200 promotional day in Glasgow docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.

Day 45 (September 14th) - Day 48 (September 17th): depart Glasgow, arrive London.

Day 49 (September 18th): Voyage crew departs Pelican in London.

Darwin200 UK launch route

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DARWIN200

Redfern Adventures has partnered with Darwin200 for the 2020 UK Voyage! This journey around the British Isles is a public launch for Darwin200 in advance of a global voyage commencing in 2021 following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps! See brochure on www.Darwin200.com for details.