Life on Board Irene

A mix of traditional classic sailing with some comfortable mod-cons below decks...

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Life on board tall ship Irene

Irene and her crew are very proud of the hospitality that they offer their guests onboard. Traditionally rigged as she would have sailed some 100 years ago, Irene is a fine example of a working wooden classic and the opportunity to sail with her is truly an amazing experience.

Getting Involved

Traditionally rigged as she would’ve been 100 years ago, Irene is proud to offer guests a hands-on sailing experience with a chance to “step back in time” and experience life at sea as it used to be. From hoisting the sails, taking the helm, rope work and some simple navigation, the crew encourages guests to get involved with all aspects of sailing Irene. You don’t need any previous sailing experience to join Irene, just a lust for adventure!

Sleeping and Relaxation

There are two types of cabin available for guests on Irene, from the standard cabins to the “stateroom”. The four standard cabins all have ensuite showers and toilets and are made up of a large double berth and a single bunk on top. Although three people can share the cabin if they’d like, we often find that we only ever have a couple of solo travellers per cabin.

Initially built for the owners, the stateroom spans the full width of the aft of the ship. With a large double bed, it has a separate shower and toilet room too.  It even features a heart-shaped table – perfect for a late-night game of cards and a star gazing seat.


Food is an essential part of any sailing voyage and essential to morale, especially after an exhilarating day of sailing and hoisting sails. With a newly fitted galley chosen to a commercial-grade, cooking onboard Irene gives much joy to the crew. They love nothing more than using local producers, farmers’ markets and fishermen to ensure the providence of the raw and fresh ingredients.

Our saloon is spacious and gives plenty of room for guests and crew to enjoy meals after a hard day’s sailing. A communal space, after a hearty meal it often serves as a space for card games, reading and sharing sea-faring tales.

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Life onboard

Private: Irene

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The History of

Private: Irene

Built in 1907, Irene has many years of sea-faring tales in her sails.

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