There’s exciting news just in that the splendid sail training ship STS Tenacious will be with us in Hobart for the 2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The three-masted barque, at 231’ in length, is the largest wooden ship to have been built in the United Kingdom in 100 years. It was launched in September 2000 at Southampton and is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The Trust also operates the Lord Nelson, which visited Hobart in 2013 for the Tall Ships Festival. Both vessels are remarkably adapted to allow for disabled sailors to sail in and operate the ship at sea. There is an excellent description of life aboard here:
Tenacious will make a long trans-Pacific voyage in mid 2016, with a planned landfall at Sydney at the end of July. She will then voyage to Melbourne and remain in Australian waters for the season, offering long and short sail adventures, leading up to a Bass Strait crossing in time to join the Parade of Sail that will open the 2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. She will join other tall ships, including the James Craig, Bark Endeavour, Windeward Bound and Enterprize in the spectacular Parade of Sail in the River Derwent that opens the festival.
If you have ever longed for a taste of adventure on a large traditional square-rigger made of wood, this may be your best chance for years. Check sailing dates, fares and details on the Jubilee Sailing Trust website here: