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Sail Around the World -15 month voyage

Join the crew on one or more of 7 voyage legs during a 15 month voyage to sail around the world. 

Highlights:

  • LEG 1: ST LUCIA TO GALAPAGOS
  • LEG 2: GALAPAGOS TO TAHITI – (THE PACIFIC OCEAN)
  • LEG 3: TAHITI TO FIJI – (BORA BORA!)
  • LEG 4: FIJI TO LOMBOK, INDONESIA – (THE GREAT BARRIER REEF)
  • LEG 5: LOMBOK, INDONESIA TO CAPE TOWN, SA – (THE INDIAN OCEAN)
  • LEG 6 – CAPE TOWN TO SALVADOR, BRAZIL – (THE SOUTH ATLANTIC, ST HELENA & CARNIVAL)
  • LEG 7 – SALVADOR, BRAZIL TO ST LUCIA (BRAZIL & THE CARIBBEAN

 

This sailing adventure is open to all and no experience is required. The routes and course are both designed to be accessible to all.

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Itinerary

LEG 1: ST LUCIA TO GALAPAGOS

January 9th – February 27th 2019

£7,750

Sail south to Santa Marta, Columbia (815nm). Explore the San Blas Islands – home of the Kuna Indians, coral reefs, amazing anchorages. Uninhabited white sandy beaches & coconut palms. Transit the Panama Canal. Sail and explore Las Perlas islands. 850nm sail to Galapagos, crossing the Equator en route. See sea lions, whales, giant tortoises, & hammer head sharks. To protect the fragile eco system in the Galapagos, yachts are not permitted to cruise freely. But there are brilliant organised tours with local guides who will make sure you have the full Galapagos experience!

LEG 2: GALAPAGOS TO TAHITI – (THE PACIFIC OCEAN)

March 1st – April 30th 2019

£9,300

Start in the Galapagos islands, with time to explore. Beautiful down wind passage to Hiva Ora in the Marqueses (c.18 days, 2980nm). Explore these incredible islands, half of which are uninhabited. Brilliant hiking, scenery, waterfalls as well as perfect sailing conditions. Sail to the Tuamotus, and their extraordinary black pearl farms, circles of coral and amazing views. Swim with turtles, rays and exotic fish. After a month of island hopping through the 1000s of islands that make up French Polynesia, the final stop is at Papeete in Tahiti, the largest of the Society Islands.

LEG 3: TAHITI TO FIJI – (BORA BORA!)

May 1st – July 10th 2019

£11,005

Tahiti is a true paradise. Stunning mountain peaks and huge gorges all covered in lush tropical vegetation. Snorkel with huge rays. Sail to Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora, often called the most beautiful island on earth. Sail to Suwarrow and then Niue. Finish with a 230nm sail toVava’u in Tonga. Explore the stunning Vava’u islands. Sail to Fiji. There are two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and many other coral fringed island that make this one of the most amazing cruising grounds you will ever visit.

LEG 4: FIJI TO LOMBOK, INDONESIA – (THE GREAT BARRIER REEF)

July 13th – September 17th 2019

£10,385

Sail to Musket and then 450nm to Vanuatu for two weeks of cruising. Explore the top of the live volcano on Tanna. Sail and explore the islands and communities, with some of the best snorkelling and diving you could ever have. 1100nm sail to Mackay and then sail and explore the world famous Whitsunday Islands. A tropical paradise with stunning day sailing, hiking and exploring. Dive and explore the Great Barrier Reef. Sail up the East coast of Australia with some stops along the way before arriving in Darwin. We will stop here for a few days. There is loads to see and do , with wonderful walking trails, World War 2 tunnels to explore, balloon flights with views over the Australian outback, and the Kakadu National Park with its Aboriginal cultural sites. After our short sojourn in Darwin, we sail 990nm to Lombok which is a quite wonderful place and you must take time to explore it. There is hiking in the volcanic mountains, amazing bays and beaches and you can visit the Gili Isles – all while enjoying the Indonesian culture and cuisine.

LEG 5: LOMBOK, INDONESIA TO CAPE TOWN, SA – (THE INDIAN OCEAN)

September 22nd to November 23rd 2019

£10,385

Sail from Lombok for 620nm to Christmas Island, known the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. This island is called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, and its annual migration of red land crabs has been described as one of the wonders of the natural world. Sail on to Cocos Keeling, and Direction Island. Explore these incredible islands then sail 2530nm across to Mauritius. Explore this paradise and then sail to Reunion Island where you can hike and explore the breath taking volcanic scenery on this island. Sail to Richards Bay, South Africa and then around the horn of Africa and u to Cape Town and Table Mountain. We will stop here for 6 weeks fro Christmas, New Year and some extended refit. For those staying on for the next leg & RTWers, this is a grewat chance to head off into Africa on Safari, explore the wine regions or fly home for a bath and some luxuries!!

LEG 6 – CAPE TOWN TO SALVADOR, BRAZIL – (THE SOUTH ATLANTIC, ST HELENA & CARNIVAL)

January 4th  – February 23rd 2020

£7,750

Set off into the South Atlantic bound for the incredibly remote St Helena. SE trade winds mean fast downwind sailing. There can’t be many people who have visited the small remote island of St Helena. You’ll have some time to explore this island and then we carry on for another 1800nm to Salvador,  in time hopefully for one of  Brazil’s biggest carnivals.

LEG 7 – SALVADOR, BRAZIL TO ST LUCIA (BRAZIL & THE CARIBBEAN

February 24th to April 12th 2020

£7595

Have a few days of carnival and then sail north up the Brazilian coast and hopefully visit Fernando Da Noronha for a few days. The island is 220 miles off the Brazilian coast and is a Unesco World Hertitage site. Sail north to Grenada and Devil’s Island off the coast of French Guiana. Possibility to visit Tobago before arrival into Grenada, with time to explore this wonderful island. The final stretch of the World ARC is an exploration of the southern Caribbean. Explore Tobago Cays, swim with turtles, hike the volcano in St Vincent and visit Carriacou before arriving in St Lucia.

FULL ROUND THE WORLD

January 9th 2019 to April 12th 2020

£55,000

The event of a lifetime and 15 months that will shape the rest of your life. This price is a huge £9170 off the cost of the 7 legs combined

 

Be ready for the challenges and rewards of ocean sailing

Ocean passages are superb adventure sailing holidays if you are an ambitious sailor, traveller or you just have a huge desire to get out on the open ocean. For some crew, it’s all about the challenge of sailing a powerful yacht from one country to another, with no land in sight for days on end. For others it may be the navigational challenge, the beauty of the wildlife you will see or even just the breathtaking solitude that the ocean provides.

Even though no experience is required, you should be confident that you’ll enjoy sailing for a prolonged period of time. These passages mean you will be at sea for 4-5 days at a time. You will be part of a watch system helping sail the ship day and night and the yacht never stops moving (unless we’re becalmed!) Even simple tasks like cooking a meal or getting in to your bunk require that bit more determination and there’s no doubt that you’re going to be tired at times.

Of course, it is these challenges that make it so hugely rewarding. The nature of the environment means you live very much in the moment. You will learn a great deal about yourself and those around you and the bonds formed can be lifelong. Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” and that could just as well equate to the ocean.

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KEY FACTS & FIGURES

  • No previous sailing experience is needed
  • Maximum of 8 crew on most trips
  • Over half the crew join the boat alone
  • Average age range is 35 – 65 yrs
  • Most crews are evenly split male & female
  • Everything is included – you just need to get to & from the start / finish

PLEASE NOTE

To book a leg is a £500 deposit, fully refundable by either side until January 31st (don’t book any flights until then) at which date 25% of the total is due.

Full balance due 90 days before leg start date.

We are 99% certain the legs are now finalised, but we may make some very minor alterations before January 31st 2018.

Round the World is available and a few of you have expressed strong interest. This is the full 15 months and the operator is offering a mighty £9170 off the total, making it £55,000.

For those looking at doing legs 5 & 6, please note there is a 6 week stop over in Cape Town. A brilliant opportunity to head off on safari, explore the wine regions, or head home for Christmas and New Year.

Prices include all on board sailing, equipment, training, accommodation, food and World ARC entrance fees. Any expenditure ashore is not included and you will need flights and travel insurance.

 

The Boat

60′ expedition sailing yacht

The yacht is a stripped-out ocean going yacht designed with safety and simplicity in mind. Originally built for the Clipper round the world yacht race, she has more than proved her seaworthiness with three successful circumnavigations of the globe. Her long fin keel means she has exceptional stability and the cutter rig gives a versatile sail plan that can be quickly matched to conditions as they change.

The yacht is equipped with a full suite of navigation equipment, including paper charts, GPS, an electronic chart plotter, AIS and radar. Just as importantly we have our trusty sextant on board, and as often as possible we get everyone navigating using this type of traditional method rather than being constantly glued to the instruments.

Huge amounts of space

A large yacht, she has a great deal of space down below. The headroom is around 8’ in most areas and all crew have large amounts of personal storage space. The accommodation area is mostly open plan, with a series of bunks measuring 6’ 7” in length giving you plenty of room to yourself. There is heating throughout to keep us warm, while a well equipped galley allows us to make some great meals underway, often with freshly caught fish. The saloon has books, a TV & DVD player, games and a selection of films.

Highest safety rating possible

The boat has the MCA’s top rating: Category 0. This means that they have designated her and her equipment fit to sail unlimited distances off shore for any period of time. This rating requires the top rated life rafts, an EPIRB, advanced medical kit, satellite communications, three different watertight compartments and more. There is no higher standard for such a yacht. Most sailing schools will be using Cat 2 rated yachts, limited to no more than 60nm offshore. These expeditions are true adventures, often heading far out to sea and to remote shores, but safety remains at the centre of everything we do.

 

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Whats included

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.

ESSENTIALS YOU NEED

  • Sleeping bag
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm clothes

Kit List

On-board, we provide top quality foul weather kit and life-jackets. You will need to bring the following kit.

Sleeping bag
We recommend a good 3 seasons bag that can open up fully. A silk liner can really help keep your bag clean and comfortable.

Dry bags
About 4 dry bags, ranging in size from 5 to 20 litres. These will keep your kit dry, electronics safe and such like. Maybe get ones with windows so you can see what’s inside. Pack a little silica gel pouch in each one to really keep things dry. If you don’t have dry bags, plastic shopping bags are decent alternative!

Media
I-pod, camera, kindle etc. Put them in a waterproof cases wherever possible. Writing materials, pens etc. Each bunk has a USB charging point, so bring a lead.

Head torch
It has to have a red filter, but other than that, don’t go for anything fancy or expensive.

Hat
We like ones that are a bit waterproof and that really come down over the ears. A wide brimmed sun hat can also be a great second hat.

Gloves
Have a thin woolly pair and a nice thick pair for night helming and such like. Bring more than one set, because they’ll get wet and then they’re useless! We really don’t rate most expensive sailing or skiing gloves, not least because their liners tend to pull out when wet making the glove impossible to get back on. Mittens really are ideal.

Base Layers
There really is no need to buy expensive or technical base layers. If you are on one of our colder expeditions, some woolly long-johns and a couple of long sleeved base layer tops will be your best friends.

Underwear and socks
Bring enough that you can wear a fresh set every day for up to a week. Why not?

Light weight long sleeve top
For hot sunny days and sunburn issues

1 pair long trousers for day to say sailing
There really is nothing to beat fleece-lined snowboarding trousers. Warm, weather proof and cheap. Why pay hundreds more for inferior kit?

Mid layers
These are what will keep you warm, so bring plenty. Thick fleece jackets and woolly jumpers are great. Duvet jackets are also very good, though you have to keep them dry.

Mid weight jacket
Something to wear as an outer layer that is windproof and at least shower proof. If it gets really wet, then you swap it out for our foulies!

Sailing boots
You can spend a fortune but you really don’t need to, especially if you’re just joining us for one or two legs. We’ve sailed in £30 rubber sailing boots and they are absolutely fine (and dry). We’ve also sailed in £200 ocean sailing boots and been wet. If anything, go for rubber sailing boots to start. I fyou think you’ll sail regularly the Musto HPX Ocean boots are great as are the Dubarry Ocean boots.

Other footwear
Flip flops are great once we’re ashore and a pair of cross-trainers or light hiking boots can also be invaluable for exploring ashore in muddier areas.

Sun glasses
They should be polarised and have a safety strap

Toiletries
Tooth brush and toothpaste; small bottle of shower gel; deodorant; SPF 15+ Sun cream (the sea reflects the sun and you will burn); towel (it doesn’t need to be a travel towel). Ear plugs can be very valuable.

Swimming gear and goggles

A knife / pliers combination
Not essential but very nice to have.

Money
An internationally recognised credit or charge card and some local currency for when you first arrive.

Some shore clothes

 

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 60’ yacht 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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