Crewing Benefits

Crewing on the Lady Nelson provides a unique opportunity to learn the art of tall ship sailing as it's been done for hundreds of years and to play a role in helping to maintain and operate this amazing vessel. 

The Lady Nelson is managed in trust by the Tasmanian Sail Training Association (TSTA).

We are looking for volunteers to become members of the  (TSTA)  to assist in a variety of roles including deck crew when sailing, ship maintenance and help in the office.  

We are especially keen to potential volunteers who have Sailing Master Class 5 or MED qualification's or are well advanced toward these AMSA qualifications.

Crewing Benefits

Some of the benefits of becoming a member of the Tasmanian Sail Training Association (TSTA) and crewing on the Lady Nelson include:

  • Opportunities to regularly sail on the Lady Nelson including multi-day voyages
  • No previous sailing experience needed - all training provided
  • Access to our online list of sailing events to register when you are available to crew
  • Training program from Trainee, to Deckhand, Senior Deckhand and Bosun
  • Gain commercial sea time and experience for future employment  
  • Learn wooden boat maintenance skills (we have a regular maintenance day alongside)  
  • Develop friendships within a community of people who love tall ships, wooden boats and sailing

We conduct regular training events for all our volunteers to participate in.

During our sailing calendar we have both training days and voyages to keep everyone up to date in their skills & knowledge. Each member has their own training log to record their training progress.

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Lady Nelson Derwnet River
Lady Nelson rigging