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Iceland to Scotland Sailing Adventure

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Iceland to Scotland Sailing

Join this incredible Iceland to Scotland sailing adventure from the remote east coast of Iceland out into the North Atlantic Ocean bound for the wild and mysterious Faroe Islands. Time to explore these extraordinary volcanic islands and then we sail again for the beautiful west coast of Scotland. This sought after route is a sell out every year so get your deposits down early!

Highlights

  • Experience the magic of Iceland
  • Open ocean sailing, in more remote seas than most people ever experience
  • The volcanic Faroes, a magical, remote  archipelago
  • The beautiful west coast of Scotland

Itinerary

Day 1: Joining day

  • Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs. Get your belongings packed away and relax. The physical and mental stuff will come in good time, but for now it’s time to settle in and relax! The east coast of Iceland is rugged, remote and bewitching. If the weather’s clear, you’ll see wonderful snow capped mountains all around us.

Day 2: Briefings and training

  • Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing. By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s much more to learn!

Days 3: Sail south to Nordfjord

  • If the weather is right, we can sail the 25nm round to Nordfjord as we get ever more accustomed to life on board and familiar with the skills we need. This is another wonderful fjord and if we’re lucky we’ll get to the hot outdoor pools that make a special end to any day!

Days 4-6 – Out into the Atlantic Ocean to the Faroes

  • It’s now time for a complete change as we head hundreds of miles offshore. Watching Iceland disappear over the horizon we are soon all alone at sea. Once we are past the last of the occasional fishermen, we may not see another soul until we make landfall. This is a remote part of the ocean. We will work with the wind and navigate as much as possible without GPS as we sail south for 220nm. Ocean sailing is a very special experience and we can expect anything from a wonderful spinnaker run to hard beating into strong winds. Whatever we get, it is exhilarating and exciting, especially on a 60′ boat designed to conquer the oceans. You will always feel safe and able to head inside to the comfort and warm after an active watch on deck!

Days 7-11:  Exploring the Faroes

  • The Faroes rise out of the ocean with almost vertical cliffs. Millions of seabirds circle around and clear blue sky can become thick fog in the blink of an eye. What an amazing place and we have some days now to explore them. We will probably stop in Torshavn the capital for a little R&R an resupply and then as we gently head south we can stop and anchor in some of the most wonderful places. There is time to head ashore and explore and get to know these islands a little better

Days 12-15:  48 hour passage to Western Scotland and a distillery or two

  • All too soon it’s time to leave the Faroes and once again we are alone at sea. We now have 280nm to the west coast of Scotland, so we can expect to be at sea for a full 48 hours. On making landfall we are in the one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Isle of Skye, Rum, Tobermory and Mull. You never forget sailing here and with a famous whiskey distillery on almost every island, there’s some tasting and buying to be done as well!

Day 16:  Clean up and farewells

  • It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and the exact outcome is entirely dependent on the weather

More Details

TRAVEL

  • Fly in to Keflavik airport in Reykjavik, then transfer to an internal flight to Egilsstaðir. From there it is a short bus or taxi ride to Seydisfjordur. Arrive at or after 1200 on the joining day.
  • Glasgow is the nearest airport to Oban. There is also a mainline rail station there. Disembark the boat at 1200 on the final day.

ESSENTIALS YOU NEED

  • Sleeping bag
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm clothes

(Full kit list will be provided)

RYA QUALIFICATIONS

  • You can earn RYA Competent Crew on this route

MEDICAL DISCLOSURE

  • Our routes can be moderately physical but anyone with basic daily fitness will be more than capable to take part. If you are in any doubt consult your GP before joining and check with us before booking. You will need to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions before embarkation.

What to expect

From the moment you step on board, you can be guaranteed of a really warm and friendly welcome. Whatever adventures are to come, this is first and foremost a holiday and being relaxed and happy on board is the most important thing of all. We know that you may be feeling a bit anxious or nervous at first. Will you be able to sail ok? What will it be like living with 7 other people? Will you be cold, wet and tired? These are entirely normal questions, but rest assured. We are there to make sure you have a great time and the boats are spacious, warm and incredibly safe. Around 60% of our customers book again within 18 months, so that is probably the best assurance of all. You are going to have an amazing time! Here’s some key info

Crew size

On non ocean passages, the maximum number of crew is 8. This gives an instructor – crew ration of 4:1 which is ideal. It also means you will have plenty of time on the helm, navigating and improving your sail trim. For ocean passages, we increase the crew size to 9 which makes the watch system far more comfortable and means you can get better rest.

Men and women

Our expeditions are usually pretty evenly split between men and women with, if anything, a slight bias toward women. Of course, some expeditions can vary from this balance, but it is unusual. It would be very unlikely indeed that you were the only man or the woman amongst the crew.

Age

Anyone joining us must be 18 years or over, but there is no upper age limit. Indeed, we’ve had a 75 year old novice sail with us up into the Arctic and he coped superbly. There’s a full range of ages on board with the majority being between 30 – 60. We find age immaterial on board as it’s a mindset that draws people on to these expeditions and you will be with some fun and inspiring fellow crew.

Sailing background

Our most common crew profile would be – “I’ve sailed a bit in the past and got my Day Skipper, but I’m very rusty”. Everyone thinks they’re unique in that but they’re not! That said, we also get complete novices on most expeditions along with one or two more experienced crew members. the point is – don’t worry. If you’re new to sailing, we’ll work with you from the first steps and if you’re much more experienced, we can help you develop some advanced concepts and techniques.

Couples & singles

The vast majority of our crew come alone, although couples or groups are absolutely welcome. Being an ex race boat, the accommodation is open plan and we cannot give individual cabins.

Your involvement

Absolutely central to our ethos is that you are fully involved from day one, no matter your past experience. Whether you are a complete novice or a more seasoned sailor, we will help, guide and teach you. Your inputs will be central to where we go and how we get there. There are very few other boats out there in which you can get anything like this involvement. Full involvement is the way to get the most from an experience and the best way to learn –  and it is at the core of what we do.

The instructors

Each boat has two instructors on board. Again this is very unusual. It is a no brainer to us. It makes the boat far safer and means you get all the instructional input you could want. These are not just any instructors either. The skipper will be one of the leading expedition skippers around, picked for their huge experience but also their friendly, patient manner. Absolutely no shouting on board these boats! The mate will be at a minimum an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and RYA instructor and this makes them the most highly qualified mated imagineable. We take an age to find and recruit the right crew but the results are worth it. These guys are amazing.

Safety

If there’s a safer or better run sailing company out there, we’d like to know about it. Both yachts are Cat 0 rated by the MCA, which means that they have the structural strength and equipment on board to sail anywhere in the world, for unlimited periods of time. There is no higher rating. This compares to the Cat 2 rating that many hire boats have. This is far less rigorous and limits them to 60nm offshore. The company itself is run by two hugely experienced sailors, you are both not just RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructors, but also MCA M200 qualified. They have enormous experience in skippering and managing these types of expeditions. We have selected the Crewsaver 290N as our lifejacket on board. Much more expensive than many other lifejackets, our tests showed it to be unrivalled in its performance and far superior to almost any other lifejacket out there. They were all new in 2017. The yachts have Cat A rated liferafts on board (the best you can get), satellite communications, radar, AIS and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs).BOth yachts also have 200m long Jordan Series Drogues. Incredibly rare due to their size and cost, these devices are far and away the best defensive measure for a yacht at sea caught in a storm. This may all sound like we are proud of our approach to safety.

Your sleeping accommodation

Every bunk has big lee-cloths that when pulled up pretty much hide you away from the rest of the world. You’ll also have your own bunk light and personal USB charging point. There’s also a bug squashy pillow so make sure you sleep really well. The boats are warm and dry, so you getting in the zzzs will not be a problem!

Equipment

We provide all the specialist equipment, so other than a sleeping bag and waterproof boots, you shouldn’t need to buy anything else. Bring lots of warm clothes as it can always be a bit chilly when sailing, even in the summer, hats and gloves and you will be fine. On board you will be issued with a top of the range lifejacket, specifically designed for ocean sailing.

Foul weather clothing – bring your own or rent a set

If you don’t have your own, we have high quality sets on board that can be rented at a heavily subsidised £20 for the duration of your time on board. These sets are manufactured by Gill and are never more than 2 years old so you can be assured of their suitability and quality.

Dates:

Aug 24 – Sept 08 2018

Starts: Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Ends: Oban, Scotland

Price:£2,160

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All foul weather clothing
  • Lifejackets
  • All on-board food and accommodation
  • All training and certification

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Transfer to or from the airport
  • Travel insurance. This needs to cover yachting that is more than 12nm offshore. Buy it early so that your flights are covered in the event you have to cancel.

Operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders  realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised expedition yachts to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

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