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Sail Norway to the UK
This is a one-of-a-kind ‘build your own route’ sailing expedition. You’ll head out from the stunning Norwegian city of Bergen and then build your own route back to Bristol, U.K. A classic voyage where you, your skipper, and crew will work together to choose the sailing routes.
Perhaps you want to see the natural paradise of the Shetlands and go whale watching? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to see charming Orkney, or the Caledonian Canal? Or better yet, maybe you want to travel around Cape Wrath and head into the western Scottish Isles? The route you take is for the group to decide. There is no planned itinerary. This is pure freestyle sailing adventuring.
- Pass beautiful Norwegian lighthouses and snow capped fjords
- Practice helming, navigation, and other sailing skills
- Enjoy fantastic gourmet dining on board
- Enjoy a cold beer as you relax after the days sailing
- Sea kayak around the local coast
- Cycle around the towns you visit
The archipelagos of the west coasts of Scotland and Norway are awe-inspiring and alluringly beautiful. Wherever you look there are mountains, islands, fjords, and striking views. It can be windy but it’s surprisingly warm at this time of year. Your crew will work to make sure there is a nice combination of vigorous sailing days mixed with secluded anchorages – complete with an afternoon spent fishing for dinner.
No previous experience is required for the journey. Even if you’ve never stepped foot on a yacht before, you can bet you won’t be the only one. You’ll have fantastic instructors who will show you the ropes and teach you everything you need to know. They love what they do and take great care to make sure you have a great experience.
But, if you do have some experience, your skipper will be able to help you advance your skills with training in celestial navigation, sail trim, or ocean routing. If you’re a RYA Yachtmaster hoping to gain experience as you work toward Ocean Yachtmaster, this is a perfect voyage for you.
There is a genuine sense of discovery and adventure on board as you sail into less travelled areas around the North Sea. Learn new skills, watch movies on board at night, explore local towns, and enjoy great conversation with new friends over a glass of wine. Enquire today to learn more.
Depart from Bergen, Norway for some day sailing in the beautiful archipelago. Time for skills, drills, secluded anchoring and fishing.
Head out across the North Sea towards the UK. The route you take is for you all to decide at the time. No planned itinerary. Pure freestyle adventure. Maybe head via the nature paradise of the Shetlands and go Killer Whale spotting. There’s the possibility to stop in Orkney and experience their legendary charm and warm welcome. One route may take you through the Caledonian canal and past Ben Nevis. Another may mean heading around Cape Wrath and into the western Scottish Isles.
Finally head down the west coast of Scotland and England, before a beautiful final sail up the Avon gorge and into the very heart of Bristol.
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
- We head ashore most days
- Everything is included – you just need to get to & from the start / finish
Key information for this expedition
You need to join the boat by midday on the start day. In the afternoon, we have safety briefings, issue kit and will start training. Don’t be late!
You will disembark by midday on the end day. This means you should have time to grab a flight that day – but give yourself time to get to the airport and check in and remember there is always a slight chance that the weather may disrupt our plans.
You must have suitable travel insurance. It must include yachting as paying crew in this region. There are various providers and you must ensure that your policy is suitable.
Age & medical conditions
There is no age limit on our expeditions and indeed we have sailed with a 75 year old up into the Arctic Circle. However, you must be reasonably fit and agile as you will be active crew on a yacht. We ask anyone aged 70 or over to provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you are fit to head to sea.
We can accommodate many medical conditions but do check with us before booking. With anything other than minor conditions, we will again ask you to provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you are fit to head to sea.
The nearest airports
You should fly in to Bergen airport and the sailing adventure will finish in Bristol
Food on board
The menu inevitably varies depending on which country we’re in and what food we can buy. We can accommodate most dietary issues, but ask that you differentiate between ‘I genuinely can’t have’ and ‘I don’t like’. If you have any concerns, you should speak with us before booking. Everyone helps with the cooking, we have a great galley on-board and pride ourselves on our food. We like to think crew often eat better on board than at home. The focus is on fresh, healthy, hearty fare. Alcohol on board is at the paying crew’s expense.
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 yacht 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.
Built in 1996, the yacht was built for the very first Clipper Round the World Race and she competed and circumnavigated three times. We estimate that she has sailed over a quarter of a million miles and has visited almost every corner of the planet.
Date: 26 September – 9 October 2016
Price: 1,580 GBP
- Two full-time instructors on board
- Tender, sea kayak & bike.
- All on-board food.
- Full foul weather kit and life-jackets
- Small group dynamic – max. 8 paying crew.
- RYA qualifications available.
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 Rachael and Bruce 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.
Sail Norway to the UK
- Trip Code: AWA326
- Dates: 26 Sept – 9 October 2016
- Price: 1,580 GBP
- Depart: Bergen, Norway
- Arrive: Bristol, UK
- Length: 13 days
- Adventure: Sail Norway to the British Isles – build your own route