Sail England France to Spain

Duration: 14 days
From: £1,799.00

Join a more advanced sailing course between England, France and Spain that will transform your existing sailing qualifications into real world skills.

Join a more advanced sailing course between England, France and Spain that will transform your existing sailing qualifications into real world skills.

We often hear from people who’ve got their RYA or ASA qualifications but find it hard to take the next step into skippering their own passages with no instructor on board as a guide. Plus, skills fade without constant use. For a great many sailors with their RYA Day Skipper or Yachtmaster, that jump has not been made and there is no obvious way to progress. This Passage Making Masterclass was designed to address this exact problem. You will spend two weeks with leading expedition skippers refreshing your previous skills, learning new techniques and getting huge amounts of real world skills and experience on real life challenges.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Intensive training & skills development as a skipper
  • Sail across the English Channel to France
  • Master the tricky tides of the Channel Islands
  • Sail across the Bay of Biscay
  • Night sailing and overnight passages
  • Everything you need to skipper longer passages
Start
Portsmouth, UK
Finish
Muros, Spain
Trip Duration
14 Days
Group Size
9
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Sailing
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Saturday

3 October 2020

Saturday

17 October 2020

Saturday

25 September 2021

Sunday

10 October 2021

Sunday

10 October 2021

Sunday

24 October 2021

Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary. What makes the 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 northwest Spain. If you are on the route heading from Spain to the UK, you will, of course, need to reverse it!
Please make an enquiry for the full itinerary and details.

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What's included

  • Oilskins
  • 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 can be earned where applicable.
  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (the operator can assist with this – just make an enquiry for details)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
  • Any meals you eat ashore.

In Summary
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

Trip notes

£1,799

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.

AGE & EXPERIENCE

Thes Passage Making Masterclass is open to anyone who has prior sailing experience to RYA Day Skipper / ASA 103 or above. It is of great benefit right up to and including those with Yachtmaster.

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

The operator will provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

Make an enquiry for a full kit list.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone.

  • 90% join solo
  • 50:50 male and female
  • All ages welcome

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.

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.

Tour 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.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 • [email protected]

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.

— Martin

Excellent thoughtful service.

They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.

— Tina

One of a Kind Service!

From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

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