Category Archives: Press Release

Tall Ships for 2009

Frank Thomas Sailing is pleased to offer a wide selection of ships for corporate entertaining and team building events during summer 2009 giving our best ever availability.  The ever popular tall ships J.R. Tolkien and Artemis will be in Portsmouth during June, August and September.  And for the first time the J.R. Tolkien’s sister ship, Loth Loriën, will also be visiting the Solent in May and June.

Other ships that will also be available in UK waters from time to time are the AstridAtlantisThalassaGrand TurkPelicanEarl of Pembroke and Phoenix – to mention just a few!  The ships make amazing venues for corporate entertaining, summer parties, team building, receptions and a whole host of other events.

Tall ship availability is not just restricted to the UK – we have ships available all around Europe and further afield as well.  In 2008 Frank Thomas Sailing organised events in the Mediterranean, France, Channel Islands, Ireland and the Baltic Sea.

Please telephone to discuss your requirements

Vendée Globe Race Start 9 November

The Vendée Globe, the singlehanded, round-the-world, non-stop yacht race, gets underway at Les Sables d’Olonne, France on Sunday 9 November.  Red Sky Sailing will be there with tall ship Thalassa in support of French yachtsman Sébastien Josse.

Chartered by sponsors BT, the Thalassa will provide a fantastic venue for Seb Josse’s supporters to see the race start off the French coast before he and the 29 strong fleet head out into the Atlantic and south towards Cape Horn.

The Thalassa will be hosting a number of events in Les Sables d’Olonne for BT’s VIP guests.

J.R. Tolkien for Volvo Ocean Race

Frank Thomas Sailing  has been contracted by Let’s Do It Galway, organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Galway and sister project of team Green Dragon, to provide a tall ship for corporate hospitality during the event.  The J.R. Tolkien will be in Galway from 28 May to 6 June 2009 to provide a VIP venue for corporate groups to watch the In-Port racing on 30 May and Volvo Ocean Race re-start on 6 June.

“We are very pleased to be going to Galway” says ship owner Jaap van der Rest.  “It is a very exciting race and Galway is going all out to make it a fantastic event.”

Further information on the Galway stopover can be found at


Sail with Oosterschelde in the Cape Verde Islands

Sail with Oosterschelde in the Cape Verde Islands

The beautiful tall ship Oosterschelde is making a series of voyages island hopping in the Cape Verde Islands that are open for individual bookings.  The Oosterschelde is one of the few remaining original tall ships having undergone a full restoration in 1988.  Today she sails extensively worldwide as an ambassador to the Netherlands.

Voyages in the Cape Verde Islands depart from Santa Maria for 10 days and cost £1,508 per person (flights and transfers are not included), returning to Santa Marina.  You will have the chance to sail and explore these facinating islands.

Departure Dates Available

21 December 2008
3 January 2009
14 January 2009
25 January 2009
5 February 2009
16 February 2009