Charters 2014

Charters

The Square Rigger Club Charity has conducted many charters through the years and the first 2019 charter of TS Royalist will take place in April. These charters are always convivial, fun and dare we say, instructional and can be taken at any level of seriousness according to each individual's choice. The voyages offer hands on participation in every aspect of the ship's life, be it steering the ship, setting sail, standing watch or helping feed the hungry crew as well as providing an opportunity to experience the vessel and determine if you would like to train as a member of the Afterguard (subject to suitable qualifications) in order to join the relief staff cadre to assist on TS Royalist cadet voyages. The charter's profit goes directly towards TS Royalist, providing bursaries for Sea Cadets and essential extras for the Ship.

There are two charters in 2019. These will take place in April and late August and will be long weekends starting with joining TS Royalist by noon on a Friday and returning to the same port on Monday morning with crew departing ship by midday. The first charter will start and finish at Gosport and the August charter will start and finish from Ipswich. Subject to the vagaries of the weather, the April charter will see the ship crossing the Channel to Cherbourg or Alderney and if conditions are less suitable, the likely options will be Weymouth or Poole and ports within the Solent. The August charter from Ipswich offers the prospect of a crossing to Ostend or the Belgium and Dutch ports or if conditions so not offer something so adventurous, a more local sailing programme around the Thames estuary harbours.

Charters are enjoyable and fun experience for adults with the opportunity of joining and making the ship sail. A week or even a weekend of sailing in TS Royalist will provide useful experience for the novice and useful sea time for the more experienced. TS Royalist is a sail training vessel and on-going friendly tuition will be offered to all participants. As a sail training vessel, it is expected that all participants will take part with a level of enthusiasm in tackling any task whether it be taking part in watches or even peeling spuds - only on an odd occasion!

The ship operates with a professional crew of eight and up to twenty four volunteers.

For the next step, [click here] to take you to our online charter booking system. Alternatively, you can [click here] to download a pdf leaflet containing more information.

If you have any queries about charters please contact the Charter Secretary by emailing chartersec@squareriggerclub.org.uk