This Denmark to England sailing holiday is perfect for those who love to spend their days at sea with stop offs to explore towns and ports onroute.
This route is a great mix of sailing, exploring and building some top class miles and experience. You will sail from Denmark to Germany, transit the Kiel canal, then sail along the coast of the Netherlands en route to England. Mostly day sailing with a couple of exciting overnight passages!
Whether you’re joining the trip as a novice or experienced sailor this trip offers plenty of learning opportunities and fun sea miles and is suitable or those travelling solo or joining in a group.
- Hands-on sailing holiday with full instruction given
- Visit Copenhagen, capital of Denmark
- Visit Germany’s Baltic towns
- Transit the Kiel Canal
Why We Love This Adventure
- Wonderful mix of sailing, relaxation and exploration
- Excellent sailing instructors will help you get the most out of the trip - whether you're a novice or experienced sailor
- Perfect trip for solo travellers
Copenhagen, capital of Denmark
Copenhagen is currently ranked as number one European city to visit in 2019.
Germany’s Baltic towns
Many of Germany’s Baltic towns are UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are beautiful ancient cities that will transport your imagination into the past.
Weaving through the German countryside, while giant cargo ships squeeze past cargo ships.
It is an incredible experience and one you will always remember.
Holland’s Royal city is beautiful with its Binnenhof, Peace Palace, and museums like Mauritshuis. And don’t forget the Scheveningen beach.
The urban island, full of naval history and culture, whether you seek the modernity of Gunwharf Quays or the romance of Old Portsmouth, this city will enchant.
This is a typical itinerary. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what's possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. Maybe there's a stunning bay and you want to anchor for the night or a remote island that needs to be explored - then let's see if we can go and make it happen.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs. Get your belongings packed away and relax. There's plenty of things to do in the future but right now it's about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Copenhagen is a wonderful city to spend some time in.
Day 2: Training day and sailing to Falsterbro in Sweden
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. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! We'll sail past the engineering marvel that is the huge Oresund bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark and will likely finish the day in Falsterbo, where we can wander along its wonderful beach and shoreline.
Days 3-4: Sailing and exploring the Baltic toward Germany
The southern coast of Denmark is a sailors dream with wonderful little towns that can be visited and secluded anchorages top spend a night at. The islands of Mon and Fehmarn provide endless opportunities to explore and daily navigational challenges to sharpen everyone's skills. This will be two idyllic days of sailing our way toward the coast of Germany. We will choose where to stop each day and our objective is to make the 140nm to the entrance of the famous Kiel Canal.
Day 5: Transiting the Kiel Canal
The canal joins the Baltic Sea to the North Sea and is an engineering miracle from the 19th century, being opened in 1895. It takes a full day to transit and we spend 12 hours squeezing past massive cargo ships as the canal winds its way through the beautiful German countryside. There's no sailing today but the canal is a special event and always a very relaxing and enjoyable day.
Days 6-9: Sailing the Dutch coast
We now have four days to make the 175nm route from the Kiel canal to the Hague. We will be sailing along the Frisian islands, made famous in the book Riddle of the Sands. There should be time to stop in wonderful little islands such as Borkum and Terschelling. These are gorgeous seaside communities, little known outside of the local people.
Days 10 -12: From the Hague to France
It's time to depart this beautiful city, for an overnight passage of around 200nm. This is an exhilarating sail, and as the sun sets we will be sailing along the coast, with the sea lit my the moon and thousands of stars twinkling in the night sky. The faint lights and sounds of the coastal towns can drift across the water and are soon left behind. Around mid morning on the second day we should be pulling into the famous French maritime port of Calais, where we can rest and explore.
Day 13: Crossing the English Channel
Now we set sail again for our passage from France to England. These are some of the busiest sea lanes in the world and you will see many cargo ships crossing ahead and behind of us and we will have to keep a careful watch as we go. It is an exciting sail and we often get a wave from the the holiday makers on their ferries as they speed from one country to another. We will likely make landfall at Eastbourne and spend the night at the marina there.
Day 14: Eastbourne to Portsmouth
Our final sail of the holiday takes us the 60nm along the English coast, rounding the famous Beachy Head as we go. Brighton will pass by on our starboard side and then the Isle of Wight will appear on the horizon, marking the entrance to the world famous waters of the Solent. The Spinnaker tower marks the entrance to Portsmouth and we will weave our way between the cargo ships, small ferries and warships to find our final berth, ready for a superb final meal together in town. We have sailed from Denmark to England.
Day 15: Debrief & clean up
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.
PriceTotal Cost: £1,499 Deposit to pay now: £400 Balance to pay: £1,099 (Balance due 60 days prior to departure)
– 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. Enquire for full details.
What's Not included
– Your travel to and from the start and end points.
– Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
– Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
– Any meals you eat ashore
Trip Duration15 days
Start LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
End LocationPortsmouth, UK
Average Group Size9
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.
This Trip is Suitable For
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need sailing experience?
No, full training is provided.Do people come alone?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!How many people are on board?
Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.Is this a sailing holiday?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about 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.
Dates & Availability
- 17 Aug 2019 – 31 Aug 2019
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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