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Circumnavigation of Britain

No experience is necessary to join this wonderful circumnavigation of Britain in summer 2017 on a 70ft sailing yacht. Join a leg from 11 days or do the whole thing in a month.

Sail to busy ports, explore remote bays, cross the Irish Sea, visit the Scilly Islands and even earn RYA qualifications during your time on board.  This is your chance to explore the parts of Britain that you might not otherwise get to see and experience the coast from the unique perspective of a sailing vessel. Along the way discover rolling country side, historic castles, and great company.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Scilly Isles
  • Cross the Irish Sea
  • Learn about coastal navigation
  • Discover the 600 islands of Scotland
  • Explore fabulous cities like Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast
  • Gain experience and sailing qualifications
  • Visit St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh
  • See Whitby Abbey, Bram Stokers inspiration for Dracula
  • Sail on a 70-foot yacht and learn to crew

The first leg begins in Cowes.  You’ll sail the south coast stopping in Brighton and Ramsgate before crossing the Thames Estuary and sailing along up the North Sea towards Lowerstoft. You’ll work the tides and weather as you make your way along the North Sea and carefully plan your overnight watches up to Edinburgh.

Once in Edinburgh you’ll have the chance to visit its two most distinct and popular neighbourhoods, the medieval Old Town and the stately Georgian New Town. The city is looked over from above by Edinburgh Castle and is home to the country’s crown jewels as well as the Stone of Destiny used during Scottish coronations. You’ll love exploring Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park as well as the monuments at Calton Hill.

Leg two enables you to sail from Edinburgh to Belfast with the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of the Outer Hebrides and the romantic Isles of Argyll which offers some of the most stunning scenery of all three legs. Take in the Orkneys, Isle of Mull, Stornaway and Lewis to name a few. Enjoy stops for some whiskey tasting and wildlife spotting and finish up your voyage in the city of Belfast.

The third and final leg sets sail from Belfast and returns you full circle to Cowes via Dublin, a crossing of the Irish sea and a stop in the Scilly Isles. The Scillies were once the hub of an almost forgotten civilization that stretched from the Hebrides to Galicia.  This was the stopping point and safe haven for a wide variety of vessels trading goods over one thousand years before Columbus sailed to the Americas.

From the Scillies, you’ll aim for the sandy beaches of Falmouth with its beautiful network of rivers and estuaries and then along the south coast via The Needles finishing back where the boat started in Cowes for a celebration dinner.

Whatever your sailing experience the crew will tailor your role and make sure you develop the skills you’re looking for. Training begins by getting familiar with the yacht, and then learning to work the weather and the tides for offshore sailing. Each voyage is unique and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try your hand at all aspects of sailing.

If you’ve always wanted to visit Tobermony, Whitby, White Cliffs Country, Ramsgate, Lowerstoft, or the Isle of Mull, you’re drawn by the challenge of testing your sailing skills in the North and Irish Seas or you just love the idea of completing a circumnavigation around this beautiful island then enquire today and book your place on what is sure to be a sell-out voyage.

Itinerary

Leg 1 Cowes to Edinburgh

Day 1 – Arrive on board 18:00. Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served at 20:00
Day 2 – We will be spending today learning about the yacht staying inshore with a night in Brighton
Day 3 – We will be setting sail for along the south coast heading for Ramsgate
Day 4 – Arriving in Ramsgate with some time ashore
Day 5 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing. We will be crossing the Themes Estuary and sailing offshore along the North Sea towards the Lowerstoft
Day 6 – Departing Lowerstoft on the tide making our way towards Blyth
Day 7 – Departing Blyth for an overnight sail
Day 8 – Work the tides and weather for offshore sail up the North Sea. This will give crew and watch leaders the chance to put the first part of training into practice, as we plan our overnight watches…
Day 9 – We will be arriving in Edinburgh for a well deserved beer or glass of wine and a nice scotish meal ashore
Day 10 – We will be arriving in Edinburgh for a well deserved beer ore glass of wine. we will have our farewell meal
Day 11 – A day to explore Edinburgh and you are welcome to spend another night on board
Day 12 – After a hearty breakfast you will be departing with a head full of memories and a bunch of new friends

Leg 2 Edinburgh to Belfast

Day 1 – Arrive on board 18:00. Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served at 20:00
Day 2 – Departing Edinburgh, we set sail past Aberdeen looking at the chart for a place to drop anchor for the night maybe at Wick
Day 3 – Sailing to the Orkneys. We will be spending the night in Stormness
Day 4 – Day to explore the Orkney or take the tender and maybe do some wildlife sightseeing
Day 5 – Today we will be heading on a long sail West to Stornaway
Day 6 – Sailing around the local area looking for a nice bay to explore and some whiskey to sample
Day 7 – Today we will be sailing through the breathtaking sound of Mull and may look to spend the night in Tobermory
Day 8 – Exploring some of the Western Isles, some of the prettiest places you can imagine aiming to be tied up in Port Ellen
Day 9 – We set sail for Belfast
Day 10 – Today we will be in Belfast with time too explore the city
Day 11 – After a hearty breakfast you will be departing with a head full of memories and a bunch of new friends

Leg 3 Belfast to Cowes

Day 1 – Arrive on board 18:00. Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served at 20:00
Day 2 – After our safety briefing we will set sail for Dublin
Day 3 – A day to explore Dublin
Day 4 – We will continue our sail down the Irish Sea towards Kilmore Quay
Day 5 – Today we will be setting off across the Irish Sea
Day 6 – Continuing our watch system at sea and learning navigation as we go
Day 7 – We should be arriving on the Isles of Scilly
Day 8 – After breakfast we will set sail for Falmouth
Day 9 – Sailing along the south coast to Cowes
Day 10 – Working the tides we will sail along the coast to The Needles and on to Cowes for a celebration dinner..
Day 11 – After a hearty breakfast you will be departing with a head full of memories and a bunch of new friends

We take your safety and that of the vessel extremely seriously and as such we reserve the right to alter or amend itineraries in the case of bad weather, tide or Foreign Office/Maritime Agencies advice.

The Boat

The yacht is immensely safe and strong with the highest safety rating possible MCA Category 0. This means that she is built and equipped to sail anywhere in the world in any conditions. She has sailed round the world. She was specially chosen by the British Army for an expedition to Antarctica in 2001-2, and she has completed many seasons of UK-based sail training in all weathers. Through all this, she has kept crew members safe and secure on board, whatever the conditions at sea.

Her accommodation is layed out with a bunk style set up so don’t expect a cabin cruiser, a lot of our crew prefer this open plan layout instead of being cramped into a small cabin with someone you may not know. with her size there is always a quite spot to be found just to relax and enjoy the surroundings. She is designed to be sailed hard in any weather all over the world. The saloon is a great social area with plenty of seating large windows and a table big enough for everyone to sit round. This means that the whole team can have briefings together, discuss plans for the voyage, and have meals together. Everyone gets to know each other pretty quick and you soon become a valued part of the team.

Boat Description

The boat is a ketch, which means that she has two masts, a taller main mast and shorter mizzen mast behind it. With a main sail, a mizzen sail and an assortment of headsails to be hoisted, there is plenty for the crew to do – and not much chance of getting bored!

At the stern (back end of the boat) is the cockpit, with plenty of room for lots of people to sit together – either on look out, listening to briefings, or simply enjoying the sailing. The steering wheel is also in the cockpit – all crew members can get as involved in all aspects of the voyage if they wish.

All around the deck are strong points and jackstays (lines) for people to clip onto with their harness lines so there is no risk of losing anyone overboard. We also have two liferafts, each big enough to hold the entire crew in an emergency; and we have a dinghy which can be rowed by crew members, though there is also an outboard engine if staff need to ferry people ashore.

There is also a navigation area containing all the navigational equipment and charts (maps) – all the crew members can be involved with navigation of the vessel if they wish.

Safety

Safety is paramount on board. The boat is fully maintained in accordance with the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and our own exacting standards. Annual surveys by an independent assessor and regular maintenance ensure that all the equipment and the vessel’s specifications adhere to and exceed the legal requirements to run her as a commercial vessel.

From 3rd mate to the skipper are RYA (DOT) qualified at a level equal to or greater than their position of responsibility requires. In addition, all staff undergo rigorous in-house assessment and training to ensure the highest standards are maintained. Likewise, the crew undergo a structured training programme on joining the vessel so that they are able to participate fully and safely in the voyage When at sea, the vessel routinely reports in on a daily basis and is always contactable via one or more of the communication systems onboard.

   

Leg 1 11 August 2017
Price: 1,299 GBP
12 days

Leg 2 21 August 2017
Price: 1,299 GBP
11 days

Leg 3 1 September 2017
Price: 1,299 GBP
11 days

Or full circumnavigation: 11 August – 11 September 2017
Price: 2,598 GBP

 

Operator

Founded by a passionate lifelong sailor, these guys are driven by a desire to offer exciting sailing adventures voyages to more exciting locations and challenging ocean environments. Life on board is all about discovery, learning, exploring and taking part. The trips they run are hands-on sailing adventures where everyone on board takes an active role in sailing and running the yacht.

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