Darwin200 UK Voyage

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

VOYAGE LEG 1: Southampton to Liverpool (Sunday May 16th to Saturday, June 12th).
Arrive in Southampton by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday May 16th for sail training on May 16th and May 17th, ready to set sail on May 18th.
28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.

VOYAGE LEG 2: Liverpool to Stornoway (Sunday June 13th to Saturday July 17th).
Arrive in Liverpool by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday June 13th for sail training on June 13th and June 14th, ready to set sail on June 15th.
35 days / 34 nights: £3,150 contributed by participant.

VOYAGE LEG 3: Stornoway to London (Sunday July 18th to Saturday August 14th).
Arrive in Stornoway by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday July 18th for sail training on July 18th and July 19th, ready to set sail on July 20th. 
28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.

Come for any combination of the above Voyage Legs! 

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 upcoming 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 mostly 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 crew 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:

VOYAGE LEG 1: Southampton to Liverpool (Sunday May 16th to Saturday, June 12th).
Arrive in Southampton by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday May 16th for sail training on May 16th and May 17th, ready to set sail on May 18th.
28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.

VOYAGE LEG 2: Liverpool to Stornoway (Sunday June 13th to Saturday July 17th).
Arrive in Liverpool by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday June 13th for sail training on June 13th and June 14th, ready to set sail on June 15th.
35 days / 34 nights: £3,150 contributed by participant.

VOYAGE LEG 3: Stornoway to London (Sunday July 18th to Saturday August 14th).
Arrive in Stornoway by 12:00 noon (lunchtime) on Sunday July 18th for sail training on July 18th and July 19th, ready to set sail on July 20th. 
28 days / 27 nights: £2,500 contributed by participant.

Come for any combination of the above Voyage Legs! 

 

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

The Darwin200 2021 UK Voyage consists of three voyage legs.

The first voyage leg is 4 weeks long, starts in Southampton on Sunday, May 16th and ends in Liverpool on Saturday, June 12th. This voyage leg takes you to the beautiful Channel Islands, the Scilly Islands, Lundy, the Isle of Man and offers terrific opportunities for sailing past the spectacular white cliffs of the South Coast of England.

The second voyage leg is 5 weeks long, starts in Liverpool on Sunday, June 13th and ends in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland on Saturday, July 17th. This voyage leg focuses on visiting the spectacular island of St Kilda and the remote outcrop of Rockall, with the remaining time spent on voyaging around the Scottish Hebrides – often regarded among the most beautiful temperate islands in the world. We aim to visit Skye, Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, the Corryvreckan whirlpool and other amazing sites!

The third voyage leg is 4 weeks long, starts in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland on Sunday, July 18th and ends in London on Saturday, August 14th. This voyage leg takes you over the ‘top’ of Scotland to the spectacular Orkney and Shetland Islands, down the East Coast of Scotland to Bell Rock, Bass Rock (home to the world’s largest gannet population), the Farne Islands and into London, with the goal of passing under Tower Bridge (if weather conditions permit).

 

Please see the downloadable brochure document at the links on this page.

Come for any combination of the above Voyage Legs!

You can leave before the end point of any Voyage Leg. For example, if you are available for only 20 days, you may join at the start of any leg and leave early after 20 days rather than the planned end point. Note: we cannot discount costs for ‘early leavers’. Planned dates for reaching ports may be subject to weather delays).

Darwin200 UK launch route

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DARWIN200

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