Two weeks of sailing, training and adventure that will take your seamanship and skippering skills to a new level.
Getting the next level of training after doing your RYA or ASA qualifications can be hard. This Bay of Biscay passage making Masterclass is designed for everyone who has done their basic qualifications (from Day Skipper up) and now wishes to make a really big jump in their skill and experience levels.
As the team sails between the UK, France and Spain, you will face constant challenges, be asked to make decisions and then act on them, all the time under the watchful guidance and explanation of top skippers. Add in a crossing of the legendary Bay of Biscay and get ready for an incredible adventure.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Mix intensive sail training with a fun adventure
- Sail a world-class boat with instruction from expert Skippers
- Cross the legendary Bay of Biscay
6 September 2021
17 October 2021
20 September 2021
1 October 2021
25 April 2022
6 May 2022
3 October 2022
14 October 2022
20 March 2023
31 March 2023
24 July 2023
4 August 2023
9 October 2023
20 October 2023
16 October 2023
27 October 2023
This is a typical itinerary. What makes a Passage Making Masterclass™ so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what's possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. This is a typical itinerary for the course heading from Portsmouth to NW Spain. If you are on the route heading from Spain to the UK, you will of course need to reverse it!
- Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
Flights, your travel insurance, on shore meals and any alcohol you may wish to drink!
The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!
We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking
Who is this trip for?
AGE & EXPERIENCE
This course is open to those aged 18 – 70 years. As this is an Advanced Coastal Passage Making Course, all candidates must have at least RYA Day Skipper / ASA 104. It will be very useful to all candidates up to and including RYA Yachtmaster.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board.
Ability to complete the five exercises is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member.
Be able to lift 2 full bags of shopping five times, ten jumps with raised arms, stand on each leg for a minimum of five seconds, ten squats, ten step ups.
The exercises are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark.
If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions by the operator. At this time you will be asked to complete the operator’s medical declaration.
At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you may be refused permission to board.
Who joins the crew?
We get a mix of people from all around the world. Most crew have a few weeks of prior sailing under their belt but are by no means expert sailors. They join us to learn, to have fun and for some incredible sailing. There is usually a 50:50 mix of men and women and the average age is 47, but we get people joining us from 18 years through to 75 years!
Can I join solo?
90% + of the crew join solo, so absolutely!
Is this a sailing holiday?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is bout having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try.
Who else joins?
We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.
What insurance do I need?
All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
Please make an enquiry for this trip in order to get full details on insurance.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
CO-VID 19 If I get Covid-19 prior to joining, will I be able to join the yacht?
As details regarding Covid-19 are changing so rapidly you should request full details for the trip which will include the operator’s policy on Covid-19.
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.
A most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable travel company!Very helpful and provided lots of research material and excellent personal perspectives on the tall ship sailing trip I was interested in taking.
Excellent thoughtful service.They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.
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