World ARC Leg 8 St Helena and the South Atlantic

Duration: 44 days
From: £6,900.00

Sail in the World ARC and visit St Helena and the South Atlantic

Take part in the World ARC and be part of a truly huge adventure at sea. Join a 60′ expedition yacht on an epic 15-month circumnavigation, taking in the world’s most beautiful places along the way.

The full circumnavigation is divided into legs, sand this trip is leg 8. If you love true ocean sailing, this is for you! The South Atlantic is an iconic passage for any sailor and we have more than 3000nm of open ocean with vast Atlantic rollers, spectacular starscapes and days to immerse yourself in this majestic world. Half way we stop to explore the rarely visited South Atlantic island of St Helena, before a second passage to Salvador on the east coast of Brazil and a chance to take part in its world famous Carnival.

You will be taking part in some of the finest sailing you will ever experience and exploring parts of the world that remain mythical to most sailors.


  • More than 3000nm of open ocean with vast Atlantic rollers
  • Spectacular starscapes and days to immerse yourself in this majestic world
  • Explore the rarely visited South Atlantic island of St Helena
  • Followed by second passage to Salvador. Arriving in time to take part in its world famous Carnival.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • An iconic passage for any sailor
  • Perfect for solo travellers
  • No experience needed, just a sense of adventure
Cape Town, South Africa
Salvador, Brazil
Trip Duration
44 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




30 December 2020


11 February 2021


We will be spending about a week in Cape Town and will probably sail north to the lovely seaside town of Langebaan. There are plentiful options for everyone, from cultural trips to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for twenty-five years, to adventure trips up Table Mountain, where even the locals never cease to be amazed by the incredible 360° view of the city.


What's included

  • 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.
  • 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 notes

Price: £4,950 Deposit: £495

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.

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.


Do I need sailing experience?

No. All of our trips are designed to be accessible by anyone, whatever their previous sailing background. We will train you in all the key skills you need, allowing you to be an active member of the crew from day 1.

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. These 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.

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]

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