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exciting sailing - beautiful places - stunning landscapes - wonderful wildlife - wilderness and nature - remote anchorages - lovely harbours - great cities - culture and entertainment - fun and friendship - good fresh food - new people, new places, new experiences

ENGLAND – FRANCE - HOLLAND – SCOTLAND – ORKNEY AND SHETLAND – IRELAND – WALES - ISLES OF SCILLY – CHANNEL ISLANDS – BRITANNY – NORMANDY

These adventure sailing cruises around the British Isles and northwest Europe combine the excitement of a sailing holiday with the delights of travel in a formula that is unsurpassed for quality and value.

As an individual, couple or group you can join a crew of 8 and be sure of a great time in good company and with an experienced professional skipper who will make sure everything goes well. Trips range from as little as 4 days through the most popular 7 or 8 day cruises right up to the 47 to 54 day Adventure Sailing Around Britain

All our cruises are suitable for novices or “old salts” alike. We provide RYA instruction so beginners can get to competent crew standard (and get the certificate) if they want while more experienced sailors can add quality mileage and sail in new waters. Of course you might prefer to relax and watch the world go by. You decide.

Every region has its own special character and beauty and each cruise has been designed to provide plenty of fun and interest. Each trip involves between 150 and 400 miles of sailing with visits to a variety of different ports and anchorages, chosen for their beauty, cultural or entertainment interest.

Most nights are spent in harbour with civilised meals aboard and opportunities to spend time ashore. But of course wind and tide are the masters, so you are likely to experience the magic of sailing at night, steering on a star as the boat heels to the wind and streams a glittering phosphorescent wake. Office hours are a distant memory as you watch dawn at sea, or sunset in a remote anchorage.

Our sailing holidays bring you close to nature, and wildlife. Every year crews see whales and basking sharks, and experience the thrill of sailing amidst dolphins as they race the yacht. Seals often share our anchorages. Sea birds are a constant feature and depending on the area you will see gannets, terns, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, shags, kittiwakes, skuas.

Unlike many sailing companies, we believe you can live comfortably aboard a yacht and eat good food. At the start of each cruise we re-provision with lots of good quality fresh food. Crews participate in cooking really good meals from basic ingredients. We always have some people aboard who enjoy cooking, while others may be content to assist. Meals in harbour are an occasion and if you like wine or beer you can bring your own or contribute to a ‘kitty’. Start and finish points have been chosen for easy access to transport links – including cheap flights. Prices are all inclusive – absolutely no extras except pocket money - outstanding value. Brief travel notes included. More detail available on request.

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Adventure Sailing Holidays Spring & Summer 2014

See the programme for 2015 – click here

The programme summary is set out in the table below. Click on “+ Details” for more information including travel advice.

Dates Itinerary Spring and Summer 2014 Price
Fri 4 Apr to Sun 6 Apr (2 days) Easter Getaway: Chatham – France – Ramsgate – Harty Ferry – Chatham
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    CREW 1 –Easter Getaway – Fri 4 Apr to Sun 6 Apr Chatham – France – ChathamGet away from your shore-side cares and winter woes. Get some invigorating sea air and enjoy an early Spring mile-builder trip to France and back. Relax as you take the evening tide down the historic River Medway to Queenborough. After a convivial dinner aboard we’ll plan our weekend together – considering destinations, routes, winds, tides, traffic. If wind or sea state rule out France as the destination we will still plan a passage to a worthwhile destination on the English side – Kent or Suffolk.  Its early morning and we’re under way having breakfast as the watch on deck shapes our course down the Thames Estuary. You’re on watch and at the helm as we heel to the wind and sweep past the North Foreland towards the Dover Strait. Its all attention now as we monitor traffic in this busiest of the worlds shipping lanes.We’re across and its time now to focus on our landfall. The French courtesy flag is hoisted and we arrive in style at Dunkirk for showers and then dinner.Next day after an early morning visit to the bakery and some essential shopping we are away again for the return passage.  This is a superb sailing experience – lots of fun – but with a qualifying passage across the Dover Strait its a serious achievement too.Travel: Chatham is 35 – 45 minutes by rail from central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover nearby.Ebbsfleet (Eurostar) 15 mins by road or rail. Marina only 20 minutes by road from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. Free parking at the marina.


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£199
Sun 13 Apr to Sun 20 Apr
(7 days)
Channel Dash: Chatham –Boulogne – Dieppe – Honfleur – Fecamp – St Valery En caux – Calais – Chatham
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    CREW 2 – CHANNEL DASH – Sun 13 Apr to Sun 20 Apr Chatham –Boulogne – Dieppe – Honfleur – St Valery en Caux – Calais – Chatham Spring is here and its time to escape shore-side routine and take to the sea again.  Join us for this high speed cruise down the channel visiting a uniquely varied selection of French ports.Leaving from Chatham we skim across the historic waters of the Medway and Thames Estuary and over the great Straits of Dover to our first stop at the charming town of Boulogne.Time here to sample the local hospitality before spreading canvas and flying southwest along the French coast, visiting the vibrant market town of Dieppe and the spectacular ‘jewel’ of Honfleur.After some exhilarating sailing along the alabaster coast we’ll take a breather in the small harbour at St Valery en Caux before carving our way back up-channel to the pleasures of Calais.Finally its time to head back to back to Blighty. With the white cliffs on our port side we’ll cruise past the famous Goodwin Sands and around the North Foreland into the Thames again.This is a rich mix of intensive sailing and great port visits.Wonderful experience and lots of miles for the log book!Travel:Chatham is 35 – 45 minutes by rail from central London.Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone nearby.Ebbsfleet (Eurostar) 15 mins by road or rail.Marina only 20 minutes by road from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. Free parking at the marina.

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£599
Round Britain 1
Sun 20 Apr to Mon 28 Apr
(8 days)
Northumbrian Idyll: Chatham – Southwold – Whitby – Farne Islands – Eyemouth – Anstruther – Lossiemouth
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    CREW 3 – NORTHUMBRIAN IDYLL – Sun 20 Apr to Mon 28 AprChatham – River Orwell – Southwold – Whitby – Farne Islands – Eyemouth –Anstruther – Lossiemouth.This cruise is a feast of history, wildlife, scenic beauty, and cultural diversity.Follow the ancient trade route from Chatham on the historic River Medway down the Thames estuary and along the gentle Suffolk coast. Enjoy a rest in the rural tranquillity of Southwold.Experience an express run north, sailing through the North Sea oilfields at night and along the beautiful Yorkshire coast north of Flamborough Head until the lively historic town of Whitby appears between the cliffs.North of Whitby we pass the great rivers Tees and Tyne and speed along the glorious coastline of Northumberland with its unspoilt beaches, historic castles and secluded anchorages.There will be time to visit the Farne Islands, scene of Grace Darling’s heroism and one of the finest bird sanctuaries in Britain. It will be nesting season and we should see breathtaking numbers of Puffins, Cormorants, Guillemots, Razorbills, Eider Ducks and many more.Seals inhabit the outer rocks.Just to the north lies Holy Island – Lindisfarne – one of the cradles of Christianity in Britain – where we can anchor to visit the ancient abbey and castle. Sailing into Scottish waters our next stop is the delightful little fishing harbour of Eyemouth.Then its north again across the Firth of Forth and past the Isle of May (more birds and seals) to the Fife and Grampian coasts. Experience the hospitality of this lesser-known part of Scotland; visit small working harbours; see the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen; breathe the fresh clear air; taste the malts of Speyside and enjoy exhilarating sailing all the way to Lossiemouth.Travel: Chatham is 35 – 45 minutes by rail from central London.Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone nearby.Ebbsfleet (Eurostar) 15 mins by road or rail.Marina only 20 minutes by road from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. Free parking at the marina.Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet, Flybe or BA flights to London.Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness. Buses or taxi from the airports.

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£720
Mon 28 Apr to Thu 8 May(10 days) Viking Saga: Lossiemouth – Orkney – Shetland Is – Fairisle – Cape Wrath – Western Isles (Lewis and Harris) – Skye – Mull – Oban
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    CREW 4 – VIKING SAGA – Mon 28 April to Thu 8 MayLossiemouth – Orkney – Fairisle – Shetland Is – Cape Wrath – Outer Hebrides – Skye – Mull – ObanThis is a fabulous opportunity to visit the distant and beautiful northern isles of our country – Orkney, Fairisle Shetland and the Hebrides – in the finest way possible – by yacht.This epic cruise combines exciting sailing amid numerous fascinating islands, spectacular scenery and rich culture, history and wildlife. Join us at the lovely fishing harbour at Lossiemouth and breathe the pure highland air.Head north across the sparkling Moray Firth, imagine the Viking longships, and feel the thrill of anticipation of a great voyage ahead.Fly past the Pentland Skerries (and perhaps through the famous Pentland Firth with its furious tides and whirlpools).Visit the splendid isolation of Fairisle, famous for its bird reserves and knitwear. Further north lies Shetland – ancient land of the norsemen. Forget the office and shoreside concerns as we explore the natural beauty of these remote coasts and islands, with seabirds and seals our constant companions, watching out for a sighting of dolphins and whales.Cruise south again to the lush green landscapes of Orkney and visit tiny island communities, mysterious standing stone circles and the amazing 5,000 year old village of Scara Brae.Sail out past the spectacular ‘Old Man of Hoy’ and enjoy a breathtaking sail southwest along the remote northern coast, around Cape Wrath and across the Minch to a serene anchorage in the beautiful Islands of Lewis and Harris.Head south now along the remote west coast of Skye and anchor under the dramatic Cuillins. Sail amongst minke whales near the Isle of Rum. Enjoy a night of traditional music and fun in Tobermory on Mull – and then set course for our final destination in the lovely bay at Dunstaffnage near Oban. This is a veritable feast of sailing, scenery, culture and wildlife. Why not stay on after your trip to see more of the highlands or visit Glasgow.Travel:Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London.Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness. Buses or taxi from the airports.Oban: coach or rail to Glasgow. The bus from Oban passes by the marina.Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA and from Glasgow airport or Ryanair from Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations.Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban after your cruise.

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£880
Thu 8 May to Thu 15 May
(7 days)
Celtic Ceilidh: Oban – Puilldobrhain – West Loch Tarbert (Jura) – Islay – Bangor (N. Ireland) – Isle of Man – Dublin (Howth)
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    CREW 5 – CELTIC CEILIDH – Thu 8 May to Thu 15 MayOban – Puilldobhrain – West Loch Tarbert (Jura) – Islay – Bangor (N. Ireland) – Isle of Man – Dublin (Howth)Join us on this spectacular adventure across the Celtic seas. Enjoy great sailing, stunning scenery and the renowned music, culture and hospitality of Scotland, Ireland and the ancient kingdom of the Isle of Man.From Oban in the Caledonia region of Scotland we’ll head south to spend a first night at anchor under the stars beside the shores of Seil Island.This is the beginning of a paradise of secluded anchorages and tiny fishing ports, friendly people and a warm welcome.Next morning its up and away down Luing Sound, past the tide race of the mighty Gulf of Corryvreckan towards the Island of Jura and our anchorage amid the wild beauty of West Loch Tarbert.Our next leg takes us through the splendid Sound between Jura and Islay to a last stop in Scotland and a chance to sample the famous Islay malts.The following day we’ll cruise south across deep blue seas past Gigha and with the Mull of Kintyre high on our port side we’ll lay our course across the great North Channel towards the Emerald Isle. If we get the timing right the roaring flood tide will carry us south for a quick passage down to Belfast Lough and the lively resort of Bangor.After some entertainment and rest we’ll head back out into the Irish Sea and the next phase of our adventure across to the beautiful and mysterious Isle of Man, redolent of Viking and Celtic history, language and culture amid lyrical scenery. Here we’ll have a choice of harbours to visit and some time ashore before we prepare for the last great passage back to Ireland.With the Mountains of Morne on the starboard bow we look back on an unforgettable week and ahead to our destination at Dublin Bay – and a last night of music and fun in Molly Malone’s Fair City.Why not stay for Crew 7 and complete this cruise through Celtic history and culture all the way to the Isles of Scilly and Penzance?Travel:
    Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina.Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations.Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before your cruise.Dublin: Howth lies on the northern edge of Dublin with a metro rail connection to the city centre and a rail/bus connection to Dublin airport. Many flights to Dublin. Ferries from UK to Dun Laoghaire

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£670
Thu 15 May to Thu 22 May
(7 days)
Celtic Odyssey: Dublin (Howth) – Wicklow – Milford Haven – Isles of Scilly 9St Mary’s Tresco, St Agnes) – Penzance
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    CREW 6 – CELTIC ODYSSEY – Thu 15 May to Thu 22 MayDublin (Howth) – Wicklow – Skomer Island – Milford Haven – Isles of Scilly (Tresco, St Mary’s, St Agnes) – PenzanceHere’s another Celtic sea adventure – this time with a taste of the cultures of Ireland, Wales, the fantastic Isles of Scilly and Cornwall – beautiful landscapes, remote islands, glistening beaches, dolphins and seabirds and of course lots of fun and laughter and memorable sailing.Leaving the delights of Dublin Bay astern our first passage takes us south along the Irish coast for a brief stop at Wicklow. Here we’ll bid farewell to the Emerald Isle and shape our course south east across the Irish Sea to Wales and our landfall in beautiful Pembrokeshire. We’ll see St David’s Head and Skomer Island before carrying the tide race through Jack Sound to the spectacular entrance to Milford Haven.Here we’ll rest as we plan our next passage – across St George’s Channel to the Isles of Scilly.If you haven’t visited this jewel on the western fringe of Britain, make this the year you do. Lovely islands, clear crystal waters, shining beaches, seals and seabird. Time now to relax as we visit Tresco, Bryer, St Agnes, St Annes and St Martins – all close by with many beautiful anchorages. Swim from the yacht in sheltered bays. See the seals off the wild western rocks, and sail right around the spectacular Bishop Rock – the most southwesterly point in Britain.And in the evenings enjoy the tranquillity of an anchorage at sunset, row the dinghy ashore for some entertainment in the local pub.Refreshed and inspired we enjoy a final splendid sail to Lands End. The islands fall astern and the cliffs of Cornwall appear ahead as we speed past Wolf Rock and then Lands End, heading towards journey’s end at lively Penzance.Travel:Dublin: Howth lies on the northern edge of Dublin with a Dart rail connection to the city centre and a rail/bus connection to Dublin airport. Many flights to Dublin. Ferries from UK to Dun Laoghaire.Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) to London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. National Express coaches from Penzance to London and many other cities. Nearest airports are Plymouth and Newquay.

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£670
Thu 22 May to Fri 30 May
(8 days)
Western Adventure: Penzance – Mullion Cove/Helford River – Brittany (Morlaix, Treguier) – Guernsey – Sark – Jersey (St Helier)
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    CREW 7 – WESTERN ADVENTURE – Thu 22 May to Fri 30 MayPenzance – Mullion Cove/Helford River – Brittany (Morlaix, Treguier) – Guernsey – Sark – St HelierThe Western Adventure offers a fantastic blend of exhilarating sailing on the edge of the Atlantic, wonderful wildlife, and the chance to experience the beauty and culture of Cornwall, Northern Brittany and the Channel Islands in one amazing grand tour.Join us on an early summer evening at Penzance and discuss ppans and options for the week ahead.. Breathe the fresh west country air and sail on the first tide. Where to? If the winds are fair it could be directly to Brittany but we might choose a shorter first cruise – perhaps to an anchorage at Mullion Cove or around the Lizard to the tranquil beauty of the Helford River. Here we could take the dinghy to Frenchman’s Creek and ashore to the pub opposite Porth Navas. Imagine the scenes from Du Maurier’s books. Too soon its time to go. But whatever we do there’s an adventure ahead with an epic 120 mile sail across to France.We’ll settle into the routine of watches, work together to steer the yacht on a compass course, trim sails for good speed, and watch the sun set astern. A summer night on a sailing yacht at sea is a wonderful experience and we’ll hope for the company of dolphins along the way.Next day we’ll watch with excitement and satisfaction as the spectacular coast of Brittany rises from the southern horizon. Here we can choose from a feast of remote islands, charming fishing villages and medieval market towns, and enjoy the Celtic culture and hospitality in this special region of France.As we cruise eastwards through clear blue waters the Channel Islands lie ahead.. This is champagne sailing and we’ll make time to visit lively Guernsey, anchor by the lovely jewel of Sark and go ashore there to enjoy the charm of an island free of roads and cars. Our final destination –delightful Jersey in the Channel Islands – lies on the southern horizon and after carrying the tide on a last super passage we’ll arrive in the centre of St Helier. Time to go ashore to celebrate a week of adventure sailing to remember always. Why not stay a little longer and see more of Jersey or the other Channel Islands.Travel:Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. National Express coaches from London and many other cities. Nearest airports are Plymouth and Newquay.Jersey (St Helier): Lots of flights from many airports in UK, Ireland and France. High speed ferries (Condor) from Poole and Weymouth. Ferry to St Malo and thence ferries to Portsmouth.

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£720
Fri 30 May to Fri 6 June
(7 days)
French Fizz: Jersey (St Helier) – Sark – Alderney – Cherbourg – Honfleur – Dieppe – Chatham
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    CREW 8 – FRENCH FIZZ – Fri 30 May to Fri 6 JuneJersey (St Helier) – Sark – Alderney – Cherbourg – Honfleur – Dieppe – Boulogne – ChathamThis is a chance to enjoy lots of our favourite destinations along the French channel coast.Join the yacht at St Helier in lovely Jersey, feel the warm summer wind in your hair as we raise sail and enjoy the ride as we shape our course west and north about the island. Drop anchor under the splendid cliffs of Sark. Cool off with a swim in clear blue waters, and take a little time to explore this special and beautiful island.Rise with the dawn to weigh anchor and enjoy a thrilling sail past Herm and up towards Alderney, flying through the famous Alderney Race and along the coast to the historic port of Cherbourg with its busy markets restaurants and cafes.Next day catch the first tide east across the Baie de la Seine and up to the lovely medieval town of Honfleur.This is one of the jewels in the Normandy coast and we’ll tie up at the Vieux Bassin surrounded by lovely buildings, and an infinity of restaurants, pavement cafes and galleries.Too soon we’ll have to leave again but ahead lies another exhilarating sail along the Alabaster Coast and a night stop at another of our special French ports – Dieppe – for some more rest and refreshment. Next day finds us sailing north with the coast well off to starboard as we head for our last destination in France – Boulogne or Calais. Which one? We’ll decide on the way depending on tide and timing. That’s the freedom of the sea.Time here for some last shopping or gastronomie before you prepare for a classic crossing of the Dover Strait.Watch the distant white cliffs shimmering on the port bow as the tide pushes us up towards the North Foreland, and enjoy a last glorious sail along the north Kent coast to the River Medway and journeys end at our home base at historic Chatham. Luxuriate in the comfort of the marina and look back on 7 days of vintage sailing experience.Travel:Jersey (St Helier): Lots of flights from many airports in UK, Ireland and France. High speed ferries (Condor) from Poole and Weymouth. Ferry to St Malo and thence ferries to Portsmouth.Chatham is 35 – 45 minutes by rail from central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone nearby. Ebbsfleet (Eurostar) 15 mins by road or rail. Marina only 20 minutes by road from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. Free parking at the marina.

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£670
End of Round Britain 1
Fri 6 June to Fri 13 June(7 days) Summer Breeze 1: Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Ostend – Chatham
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    CREW 9 – SUMMER BREEZE 1 – Fri 6 June to Fri 13 JuneChatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Oostende – ChathamJoin us for one of these delightful summer cruises to Holland. The Dutch are a great sea-faring nation and the beautiful medieval towns in the Scheldt estuary bear witness to an illustrious past and rich traditions. The great Thames Estuary has an equally rich maritime history and this cruise is a great opportunity to experience the region at first hand – on the sea.Following the route of the old sailing barges from Chatham on the historic River Medway we speed down the great Thames estuary past ancient banks and wartime forts, past the distant shores of Essex to delightful, unspoilt harbour of Southwold in the lovely Suffolk countryside.From here we set sail again for an epic voyage across the southern North Sea to a landfall in the Oosterscheldt delta in Holland. We enter the Dutch inland waterways with their wide canals, spectacular sea defences and vast sheltered sailing areas.Leaving the North Sea behind we are now in calm waters and sail through gentle countryside to visit the beautiful old towns of Zierickzee, Veere and Middelburg. There is no better way to see and enjoy these places than to arrive by sea and berth right in the centre. Then its back out through the giant locks at Vlissingen (Flushing) to the Westerscheldt and an express run south to lively Ostende in Belgium.Time here for some well-earned rest before our return passage across the great Dover Strait to Kent and journey’s end at the Medway. What a feast of travel – East Anglia, Kent, Holland and Belgium – and great sailing experience too.Travel:Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.

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£670
Round Britain 2
Fri 13 June to Fri 20 June(7 days) Esprit de France: Chatham – Boulogne – - Dieppe – Honfleur – St Vaast – Southampton
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    CREW 10 – ESPRIT DE FRANCE – Fri 13 June to Fri 20 JuneChatham – Boulogne – Dieppe – Honfleur – Ouistreham – St Vaast – SouthamptonThis is a classic cruise from the Thames through the English Channel via the French coast to the Solent.Join us at Chatham and feel your shore-side cares ebb away as we skim along on the evening tide down the Medway to a quiet anchorage. Enjoy a convivial dinner as we swing gently to the anchor and plan the adventures to come. Next morning its up early to set sail down the great Thames Estuary, along the Four Fathoms Channel, around the North Foreland and across the mighty Dover Strait to France and the friendly port of Boulogne.There’s time to explore a little before we speed on south-west to the charming port and market town of Dieppe. From here we glide along the Alabaster Coast and into the estuary of the Seine to the spectacular jewel of Honfleur, or perhaps to the resorts of Deauville/Trouville.Time seems to stand still as we cruise on in relaxed style along the Normandy beaches to Ouistreham. There should be time to sail up the canal towards Caen and stop at Pegasus Bridge – scene of the daring airborne assault in the early hours of 6 June 1944.Next day we set sail for the lovely fishing village of St Vaast. Time here to enjoy the lazy ambiance and simplicity of this unspoilt part of Normandy before we plan our passage back to England. On a fresh summer morning we hoist sail outside St Vaast and reach north past Barfleur for a final, exhilarating 80 mile charge across the channel.The Isle of Wight appears ahead and we shape our course through the fort, past historic Portsmouth and on to journey’s end at Southampton. As you furl the headsail and flake the main for the last time you feel a great sense of achievement. What an experience – a unique blend of history, sights and culture, great sailing, fun ashore – and two qualifying passages too!Travel:Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.Southampton: National Rail. Airport. National Express buses. Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina

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£670
Fri 20 June to Sat 28 June
(8 days)
West Country Idyll 1: Gosport – Weymouth – Dartmouth – Salcombe – Fowey – Helford River – Penzance
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    CREW 11 – WESTERN IDYLL 1 – Fri 20 June to Sat 28 JuneGosport – Weymouth – Brixham – Dartmouth – Salcombe – Fowey – Helford River –PenzanceThis is a splendid, classic journey along the beautiful coastlines of Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with visits to some of the most delightful south coast harbours.Join us in Southampton on Midsummer’s evening and prepare the yacht and ourselves for an idyllic voyage towards the setting sun. Glide through the Solent past Cowes and Yarmouth, speed through the Needles Channel and then enjoy the lyrical Dorset scenery as we head for our first port of call in the lively resort of Weymouth – where we’ll tie up alongside right in the town centre.Next day its away very early to round Portland Bill and dash across Lyme Bay to the old port of Brixham.Enjoy the relaxed ambience of this traditional home of sail, and then head along the pretty Devon coast to beautiful and cosmopolitan Dartmouth.Our next passage will take us to lovely Salcombe – a jewel hidden between its green cliffs and hills in the heart of the Devon Riviera and a sailing paradise.After some relaxation ashore its away again westwards past the famous Eddystone Light to our landfall at Fowey – a delightful and perfect example of a Cornish fishing village and working harbour.The next stage of this idyllic journey takes us to the dream-like beauty of the Helford River – scene of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ – where we can anchor in perfect peace and explore the area by dinghy.Next morning we weigh anchor for the final passage – a thrilling sail right around the Lizard Point and past Mullion Cove and St Michael’s Mount to a warm welcome at Penzance.Travel:Southampton: National Rail. Airport. National Express buses. Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina.Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. National Express coaches from London and many other cities. Nearest airport is Newquay.

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£720
Sat 28 June to Sat 5 July
(7 days)
Irish Jig 1: Penzance – Isles of Scilly (St Agnes, St Mary’s, Tresco) – Milford haven – Skomer Island – Wicklow – Dublin (Howth)
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    CREW 12 – Irish Jig 1 – Sat 28 June to Sat 5 JulyPenzance – Isles of Scilly (St Agnes, St Marys, Tresco) – Milford Haven – Dublin (Howth)This is a spectacular cruise combining Cornish, Welsh and Irish scenery and culture with a vist to the spectacular Isles of Scilly and great sailing all the way.Join us in Penzance on a summer evening full of promise. Help to plan an epic adventure on the edge of the Atlantic and the Irish Sea. Sail on the tide and make our first passage westwards past Lands End and the Wolf Rock to the unique natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly and a perfect anchorage off the beach at St Agnes.These islands are renowned for lovely scenery, clear blue Atlantic seas, white beaches and, abundant wildlife. Time to relax here – with visits to St Marys and Tresco – perhaps a swim and a barbecue on the beach – before heading north past the Longships Light and an overnight passage across the mighty St Georges Channel to Wales.Take your turn on the helm, steer on a star, and watch the boat’s wake glitter astern as we eat up the miles. Experience first light and then sunrise at sea and mark the first sight of land ahead – the beautiful scenery of Pembrokeshire. This is a land of great cliffs, fast tides and unspoilt beaches, wildlife reserves and Welsh hospitality – and a comfortable harbour at Milford Haven.Too soon its time to head north again – through the sounds past St Davids Head and Skomer Island and then a glorious charge on to Dublin Bay. Here we’ll cruise up to Howth and a welcome berth in the yacht club Marina – just a Dart ride away from Molly Malone’s fair city. What an adventure – and time now to celebrate in style.Travel:Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. National Express coaches from London and many other cities. Nearest airports are Plymouth and Newquay.Dublin: Air to Dublin Airport. Ferries to Dun Laoghaire. Dart rail service to city centre.This is a splendid, classic journey along the beautiful coastlines of Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with visits to some of the most delightful south coast harbours.Join us in Southampton on Midsummer’s evening and prepare the yacht and ourselves for an idyllic voyage towards the setting sun. Glide through the Solent past Cowes and Yarmouth, speed through the Needles Channel and then enjoy the lyrical Dorset scenery as we head for our first port of call in the lively resort of Weymouth – where we’ll tie up alongside right in the town centre.Next day its away very early to round Portland Bill and dash across Lyme Bay to the old port of Brixham. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of this traditional home of sail, and then head along the pretty Devon coast to beautiful and cosmopolitan Dartmouth.Our next passage will take us to lovely Salcombe – a jewel hidden between its green cliffs and hills in the heart of the Devon Riviera and a sailing paradise.After some relaxation ashore its away again westwards past the famous Eddystone Light to our landfall at Fowey – a delightful and perfect example of a Cornish fishing village and working harbour.The next stage of this idyllic journey takes us to the dream-like beauty of the Helford River – scene of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ – where we can anchor in perfect peace and explore the area by dinghy.Next morning we weigh anchor for the final passage – a thrilling sail right around the Lizard Point and past Mullion Cove and St Michael’s Mount to a warm welcome at Penzance.Travel:Southampton: National Rail. Airport. National Express buses. Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina.Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. National Express coaches from London and many other cities. Nearest airport is Newquay.

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£670
Sat 5 July to Sat 12 July(7 days) Emerald Express 1: Dublin (Howth) – Isle of Man – Bangor (Belfast Lough) – Campbeltown – Islay – West Lough Tarbert – Oban
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    CREW 13 –Emerald Express 1 – Sat 6 July to Sat 13 JulyDublin (Howth) – Isle of Man – Bangor (Belfast Lough) – Campbeltown – Sound of Islay – West Loch Tarbert (Jura) – ObanWhat a great opportunity to enjoy Ireland (North and South), the Isle of Man and the West Coast of Scotland – in one superb sailing adventure.Join the yacht in the heart of Dublin as we prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy an evening in the city and then early next morning set sail across the Irish Sea to the magical Isle of Man. Here we’ll sail past Calf Sound with its colony of seals and shape our course for a friendly welcome in Peel – a lovely fishing village on the west coast of Man.Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this lovely island before we make a passage northwest to close the Irish coast again.North of the border now we speed into Belfast Lough and our next port at lively Bangor in County Down. Next day we leave the Emerald Isle in our wake as we head north east to Scotland towards the dramatic beauty of the Mull of Kintyre. Perhaps there’s time for a visit to Campbeltown in Kintyre before we head North with the tide underneath us for an express run ‘around the Mull’ into the sound of Jura.Ahead lies Islay. Where to stop for the night? The choices abound now. Port Ellen? Or an anchorage at Lagavullin Distillery? Or Gigha island?Next day we can race the porpoises through the Sound of Islay and find an anchorage in the remote natural splendour of West Loch Tarbert in Jura. Take the dinghy ashore, walk on the ancient beaches and sense the freedom of the wilderness. In the morning we haul the anchor and sail on through the endless beautiful vistas towards our journeys end at Dunstaffnage Haven near Oban.Travel:Dublin: Air to Dublin Airport. Fast Aircoach to city centre and to marina. Ferries to Dun Laoghaire. Dart rail service to city centre.Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before and/or after your cruise

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Sat 12 July to Tue 22 July(10 days) Northern Lights 1: Oban – Tobermory – Isle of Skye – Summer Isles – Stornoway – Orkney Isles – Fairisle – Shetland Isles – Lybster/Helmsdale – Lossiemouth
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    CREW 14 –Northern Lights 1 – Sat 12 July to Tue 22 JulyOban – Tobermory – Isle of Skye – Summer Isles – Stromness (Orkney) – Helmsdale – Lossiemouth (Inverness)What an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic sailing adventure and visit the western isles, Orkney Isles, Fairisle, perhaps Shetland and the far north of Scotland in one amazing trip!Join the yacht at Oban on a spectacular summer’s evening with the mountains of Mull in the distance. Sail out through the Sound of Mull. Enjoy a night of traditional music and fun in Tobermory. Sail amongst minke whales near the Isle of Rum. Visit the grandeur of Skye and anchor under the dramatic Cuillins.Spend a night at anchor amid seals in the lovely Summer Isles and another in serene isolation in the Scottish west coast wilderness.Enjoy an exhilarating sail around Cape Wrath and along the remote northern coast towards Orkney and Shetland.This is real adventure sailing. Working with the wind and tide we‘ll aim to visit Fairisle and Shetland before heading back south to the Orkneys. The area is rich in archaeology and steeped in Celtic and Norse legend. Pause in Stromness on Scapa Flow and perhaps take a car tour to some truly unique archaeological and historical sites. You may never see the like again. Then sail on through historic Scapa Flow and carry the roaring tide through the mighty Pentland Firth to the Scottish mainland at Duncansby Head.The adventure continues with a visit to delightful Lybster or Helmsdale before the finale – a splendid sail south past the Black Isle and our destination at Lossiemouth. Savour the unique sense of achievement as you help furl the sails for the last time and put the boat in her berth in this welcoming Moray Firth Harbour.Travel:Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before and/or after your cruise.Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London. Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness. Buses or taxi from the airports.

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£880
Tue 22 July to Wed 30 July
(8 days)
Eastern Adventure 1: Lossiemouth (Inverness) – Montrose – Eyemouth – Holy Island – Farne Islands – Lower Newton by the Sea – Whitby – Southwold – Chatham
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    CREW 15 – Eastern Adventure 1 – Tue 23 July to Wed 31 JulyLossiemouth (Inverness) – MacDuff – Eyemouth – Farne Islands (Holy Island) – Whitby – Southwold – ChathamJoin us on a sparkling summer evening at Lossiemouth on the north Grampian coast and prepare to set sail on this unique East Coast adventure. This cruise is a feast of history, wildlife, scenic beauty, and cultural diversity.Experience the hospitality of this lesser-known part of Scotland; taste the malts of Speyside; visit small working harbours; see the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen; breathe the fresh clear air; and enjoy exhilarating sailing across the Firth of Forth and down to landfall at the pretty fishing harbour of Eyemouth.Just to the south lies Holy Island – Lindisfarne – one of the cradles of Christianity in Britain – where we can anchor to visit the ancient abbey and castle. There will be time to visit the Farne Islands, scene of Grace Darling’s heroism and one of the finest bird sanctuaries in Britain. Seals inhabit the outer rocks. This is the Northumbrian coast – with its perfect unspoilt beaches, fabulous castles and lovely landscapes.Enjoy a night at anchor in the idyllic setting of Lower Newton by the Sea and then an express run south past the mighty rivers Tyne and Tees until the lively historic town of Whitby appears between the cliffs.This lively friendly harbour town, home town of Captain Cooke and with lots more amazing history, is a perfect place to rest before the next big passage.In the early morning we speed south along the beautiful Yorkshire coast, past Flamborough Head and then shape our course offshore and enjoy an exhilarating sail at night through the North Sea gas fields.Next morning we find ourselves off the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts and glide into the rural peace of Southwold, tying up just beside the pub for some well-earned rest and relaxation.Our final passage follows the ancient trade route south along the gentle Suffolk coast, past Aldeburgh, Orford Ness, the River Orwell, into the mighty Thames Estuary and eventually to our home port at Chatham on the historic River Medway. What an achievement – nearly 500 miles in 8 days and experiences to last a lifetime.And it’s the end of another great circumnavigation of Britain.Tavel: Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London. Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness. Buses or taxi from the airports. Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet Eurostar terminal.By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.Travel:Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London. Rail (sleeper) service between London and Inverness. Buses or taxi from the airports.Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.

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£720
End of Round Britain 2
Fri 1 August to Fri 8 August
(7 days)
Summer Breeze 2: Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Ostend – Chatham
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    CREW 16 – Summer Breeze 2 – Fri 1 August to Fri 8 AugustChatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Oostende – ChathamJoin us for one of these delightful summer cruises to Holland. The Dutch are a great sea-faring nation and the beautiful medieval towns in the Scheldt estuary bear witness to an illustrious past and rich traditions. The great Thames Estuary has an equally rich maritime history and this cruise is a great opportunity to experience the region at first hand – on the sea.Following the route of the old sailing barges from Chatham on the historic River Medway we speed down the great Thames estuary past ancient banks and wartime forts, past the distant shores of Essex to delightful, unspoilt harbour of Southwold in the lovely Suffolk countryside.From here we set sail again for an epic voyage across the southern North Sea to a landfall in the Oosterscheldt delta in Holland. We enter the Dutch inland waterways with their wide canals, spectacular sea defences and vast sheltered sailing areas.Leaving the North Sea behind we are now in calm waters and sail through gentle countryside to visit the beautiful old towns of Zierickzee, Veere and Middelburg.There is no better way to see and enjoy these places than to arrive by sea and berth right in the centre.Then its back out through the giant locks at Vlissingen (Flushing) to the Westerscheldt and an express run south to lively Ostende in Belgium. Time here for some well-earned rest before our return passage across the great Dover Strait to Kent and journey’s end at the Medway. What a feast of travel – East Anglia, Kent, Holland and Belgium – and great sailing experience too.Travel:Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.

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£670
Round Britain 3
Fri 8 Aug to Fri 15 Aug
(7 days)
August Adventure: Chatham – Boulogne – - Dieppe – Honfleur – St Vaast – Southampton
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    CREW 17 – August Adventure – Fri 9 August to Fri 16 AugustChatham – Boulogne – Dieppe – Honfleur – Ouistreham – St Vaast – SouthamptonThis is a classic cruise from the Thames through the English Channel via the French coast to the Solent.Join us at Chatham and feel your shore-side cares ebb away as we skim along on the evening tide down the Medway to a quiet anchorage. Enjoy a convivial dinner as we swing gently to the anchor and plan the adventures to come. Next morning its up early to set sail down the great Thames Estuary, along the Four Fathoms Channel, around the North Foreland and across the mighty Dover Strait to France and the friendly port of Boulogne.There’s time to explore a little before we speed on south-west to the charming port and market town of Dieppe. From here we glide along the Alabaster Coast and into the estuary of the Seine to the spectacular jewel of Honfleur, or perhaps to the resorts of Deauville/Trouville.Time seems to stand still as we cruise on in relaxed style along the Normandy beaches to Ouistreham. There should be time to sail up the canal towards Caen and stop at Pegasus Bridge – scene of the daring airborne assault in the early hours of 6 June 1944. Next day we set sail for the lovely fishing village of St Vaast.Time here to enjoy the lazy ambiance and simplicity of this unspoilt part of Normandy before we plan our passage back to England.On a fresh summer morning we hoist sail outside St Vaast and reach north past Barfleur for a final, exhilarating 80 mile charge across the channel. The Isle of Wight appears ahead and we shape our course through the fort, past historic Portsmouth and on to journey’s end at Southampton. As you furl the headsail and flake the main for the last time you feel a great sense of achievement.What an experience – a unique blend of history, sights and culture, great sailing, fun ashore – and two qualifying passages too!Travel:Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.Southampton: National Rail. Airport. National Express buses. Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina

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Fri 15 Aug to Sat 23 Aug(8 days) St Malo Magic: Southampton – Sark – St Malo – Isles Chaussey – Alderney – Cherbourg – Yarmouth – Southampton
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    CREW 17 – St Malo Magic – Fri 15 August to Sat 23 AugustSouthampton – Cherbourg – Guernsey or Sark – St Malo – Isles Chaussey – Alderney – Yarmouth – SouthamptonJoin the yacht at Southampton and prepare for a cross-channel adventure to the ancient Celtic lands of Brittany. Breathe the fresh sea air as you glide out of the Needles Channel on the evening breeze and head southeast towards France. Take turns on the helm and steer for a star as we race on with the wake glittering astern. Sail in through the great breakwaters at Cherbourg and enjoy the hospitality of this great seaport.Next day enjoy a breath-taking sail down through the great Race of Alderney and drop anchor in an idyllic bay under the cliffs of Guernsey or Sark. Rest and then explore the islands ashore. Swim in warm crystal waters and watch the sun set over Guernsey and the western seas.Catch the next tide south, speed past Jersey and Les Minquiers towards the splendour of Saint Malo, and tie up right beside the old city walls. Linger in the narrow lanes of this beautiful, ancient city and savour a café cognac or a simple meal on a restaurant terrace.Next day enjoy a sparkling sail to the amazing Isles Chaussey, anchor for a peaceful night amid spectacular tidal islets, swim off clean white beaches, and explore this fascinating area by dinghy. Too soon we have to wrench ourselves away but still there remains a joyous run north to Alderney and thence across the channel again to the Needles.Enjoy a well-earned rest at lovely Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and then a leisurely cruise through the Solent, past Cowes to journey’s end at Southampton.Look back on 8 days of champagne sailing with warm memories of places visited, sightseeing, shopping and la gastronomie.Travel:Chatham: 45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient. Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby. Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing. There is free parking at the marina.

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£740
Sat 23 Aug to Sat 30 Aug
(7 days)
West Country Idyll 2: Gosport – Weymouth – Dartmouth – Salcombe – Fowey – Helford River – Penzance
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    CREW 19 – WESTERN IDYLL 2 – Sat 23 August to Sat 30 AugustGosport – Weymouth – Brixham – Dartmouth – Salcombe – Fowey – Helford River –PenzanceThis is a splendid, classic journey along the beautiful coastlines of Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with visits to some of the most delightful south coast harbours.Join us in Southampton on Midsummer’s evening and prepare the yacht and ourselves for an idyllic voyage towards the setting sun.  Glide through the Solent past Cowes and Yarmouth, speed through the Needles Channel and then enjoy the lyrical Dorset scenery as we head for our first port of call in the lively resort of Weymouth – where we’ll tie up alongside right in the town centre.Next day its away very early to round Portland Bill and dash across Lyme Bay to the old port of Brixham.  Enjoy the relaxed ambience of this traditional home of sail, and then head along the pretty Devon coast to beautiful and cosmopolitan Dartmouth.Our next passage will take us to lovely Salcombe – a jewel hidden between its green cliffs and hills in the heart of the Devon Riviera and a sailing paradise.After some relaxation ashore its away again westwards past the famous Eddystone Light to our landfall at Fowey – a delightful and perfect example of a Cornish fishing village and working harbour.The next stage of this idyllic journey takes us to the dream-like beauty of the Helford River – scene of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’  – where we can anchor in perfect peace and explore the area by dinghy.Next morning we weigh anchor for the final passage – a thrilling sail right around the Lizard Point and past Mullion Cove and St Michael’s Mount to a warm welcome at Penzance.Travel:Southampton:  National Rail.  Airport.  National Express buses.  Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina.Penzance:  Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK.  National Express coaches from London and many other cities.  Nearest airport is Newquay.

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£670
Sat 30 Aug to Sat 6 Sep
(7 days)
Irish Jig 2: Penzance – Isles of Scilly (St Agnes, St Mary’s, Tresco) – Milford haven – Skomer Island – Wicklow – Dublin (Howth)
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    CREW 20 – Irish Jig 2 – Sat 30 August to Sat 6 SeptemberPenzance – Isles of Scilly (St Agnes, St Marys, Tresco) – Milford Haven – Dublin (Howth)This is a spectacular cruise combining Cornish, Welsh and Irish scenery and culture with a vist to the spectacular Isles of Scilly and great sailing all the way.Join us in Penzance on a summer evening full of promise.  Help to plan an epic adventure on the edge of the Atlantic and the Irish Sea.  Sail on the tide and make our first passage westwards past Lands End and the Wolf Rock to the unique natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly and a perfect anchorage off the beach at St Agnes.These islands are renowned for lovely scenery, clear blue Atlantic seas, white beaches and, abundant wildlife.  Time to relax here  – with visits to St Marys and Tresco – perhaps a swim and a barbecue on the beach – before heading north past the Longships Light and an overnight passage across the mighty St Georges Channel to Wales.Take your turn on the helm, steer on a star, and watch the boat’s wake glitter astern as we eat up the miles.  Experience first light and then sunrise at sea and mark the first sight of land ahead – the beautiful scenery of Pembrokeshire.  This is a land of great cliffs, fast tides and unspoilt beaches, wildlife reserves and Welsh hospitality – and a comfortable harbour at Milford Haven.Too soon its time to head north again – through the sounds past St Davids Head and Skomer Island and then a glorious charge on to Dublin Bay.  Here we’ll cruise up to Howth and a welcome berth in the yacht club Marina – just a Dart ride away from Molly Malone’s fair city.What an adventure – and time now to celebrate in style.Travel:Penzance:  Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK.  National Express coaches from London and many other cities.  Nearest airports are Plymouth and Newquay.Dublin:  Air to Dublin Airport.  Ferries to Dun Laoghaire.  Dart rail service to city centre.This is a splendid, classic journey along the beautiful coastlines of Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with visits to some of the most delightful south coast harbours.Join us in Southampton on Midsummer’s evening and prepare the yacht and ourselves for an idyllic voyage towards the setting sun.  Glide through the Solent past Cowes and Yarmouth, speed through the Needles Channel and then enjoy the lyrical Dorset scenery as we head for our first port of call in the lively resort of Weymouth – where we’ll tie up alongside right in the town centre.Next day its away very early to round Portland Bill and dash across Lyme Bay to the old port of Brixham.  Enjoy the relaxed ambience of this traditional home of sail, and then head along the pretty Devon coast to beautiful and cosmopolitan Dartmouth.Our next passage will take us to lovely Salcombe – a jewel hidden between its green cliffs and hills in the heart of the Devon Riviera and a sailing paradise.After some relaxation ashore its away again westwards past the famous Eddystone Light to our landfall at Fowey – a delightful and perfect example of a Cornish fishing village and working harbour.  The next stage of this idyllic journey takes us to the dream-like beauty of the Helford River – scene of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’  – where we can anchor in perfect peace and explore the area by dinghy.Next morning we weigh anchor for the final passage – a thrilling sail right around the Lizard Point and past Mullion Cove and St Michael’s Mount to a warm welcome at Penzance.Travel:Southampton:  National Rail.  Airport.  National Express buses.  Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina.Penzance:  Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK.  National Express coaches from London and many other cities.  Nearest airport is Newquay.

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£670
Sat 6 Sep to Sat 13 Sep(7 days) Emerald Express 2: Dublin (Howth) – Isle of Man – Bangor (Belfast Lough) – Campbeltown – Islay – West Loch Tarbert (Jura) – Oban
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    CREW 21 –Emerald Express 2 – Sat 7 September to Sat 14 September

    Dublin (Howth) – Isle of Man – Bangor (Belfast Lough) – Campbeltown – Sound of Islay – West Loch Tarbert (Jura) – Oban

    What a great opportunity to enjoy Ireland (North and South), the Isle of Man and the West Coast of Scotland – in one superb sailing adventure.

    Join the yacht in the heart of Dublin as we prepare for the adventure ahead.  Enjoy an evening in the city and then early next morning set sail across the Irish Sea to the magical Isle of Man.  Here we’ll sail past Calf Sound with its colony of seals and shape our course for a friendly welcome in Peel – a lovely fishing village on the west coast of Man.  Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this lovely island before we make a passage northwest to close the Irish coast again.

    North of the border now we speed into Belfast Lough and our next port at lively Bangor in County Down.  Next day we leave the Emerald Isle in our wake as we head north east to Scotland towards the dramatic beauty of the Mull of Kintyre.  Perhaps there’s time for a visit to Campbeltown in Kintyre before we head North with the tide underneath us for an express run ‘around the Mull’ into the sound of Jura.

    Ahead lies Islay.  Where to stop for the night?  The choices abound now.  Port Ellen?  Or an anchorage at Lagavullin Distillery? Or Gigha island?  Next day we can race the porpoises through the Sound of Islay and find an anchorage in the remote natural splendour of West Loch Tarbert in Jura.  Take the dinghy ashore, walk on the ancient beaches and sense the freedom of the wilderness.  In the morning we haul the anchor and sail on through the endless beautiful vistas towards our journeys end at Dunstaffnage Haven near Oban.

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    Dublin:  Air to Dublin Airport. Fast Aircoach to city centre and to marina.  Ferries to Dun Laoghaire.  Dart rail service to city centre.

    Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick.  Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before and/or after your cruise

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£670
Sat 13 Sep to Tue 23 Sep
(10 days)
Northern Lights 2: Oban – Tobermory – Isle of Skye – Summer Isles – Stornoway – Orkney Isles – Fairisle – Shetland Isles – Lybster/Helmsdale – Lossiemouth
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    CREW 22 –Northern Lights 2 – Sat 14 September to Tue 24 September

    Oban – Tobermory – Isle of Skye – Summer Isles – Stromness (Orkney) – Helmsdale – Lossiemouth (Inverness)

    What an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic sailing adventure and visit the western isles, Orkney Isles, Fairisle, perhaps Shetland and the far north of Scotland in one amazing trip!

    Join the yacht at Oban on a spectacular summer’s evening with the mountains of Mull in the distance. Sail out through the Sound of Mull. Enjoy a night of traditional music and fun in Tobermory.  Sail amongst minke whales near the Isle of Rum. Visit the grandeur of Skye and anchor under the dramatic Cuillins.  Spend a night at anchor amid seals in the lovely Summer Isles and another in serene isolation in the Scottish west coast wilderness.

    Enjoy an exhilarating sail around Cape Wrath and along the remote northern coast towards Orkney and Shetland.  This is real adventure sailing.  Working with the wind and tide we‘ll aim to visit Fairisle and Shetland before heading back south to the Orkneys.  The area is rich in archaeology and steeped in Celtic and Norse legend.  Pause in Stromness on Scapa Flow and perhaps take a car tour to some truly unique archaeological and historical sites.  You may never see the like again.  Then sail on through historic Scapa Flow and carry the roaring tide through the mighty Pentland Firth to the Scottish mainland at Duncansby Head.  The adventure continues with a visit to delightful Lybster or Helmsdale before the finale – a splendid sail south past the Black Isle and our destination at Lossiemouth.   Savour the unique sense of achievement as you help furl the sails for the last time and put the boat in her berth in this welcoming Moray Firth Harbour.

    Travel:

    Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick.  Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before and/or after your cruise.

    Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London.  Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness.  Buses or taxi from the airports.

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£840
Tue 23 Sep to Wed 1 Oct
(8 days)
Eastern Adventure: Lossiemouth (Inverness) – Montrose – Eyemouth – Holy Island – Farne Islands – Lower Newton by the Sea – Whitby – Southwold – Chatham
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    CREW 23 – Eastern Adventure 2 – Tue 23 September to Wed 1 October

    Lossiemouth (Inverness) – MacDuff – Eyemouth – Farne Islands (Holy Island) – Whitby – Southwold – Chatham

    Join us on a sparkling summer evening at Lossiemouth on the north Grampian coast and prepare to set sail on this unique East Coast adventure.  This cruise is a feast of history, wildlife, scenic beauty, and cultural diversity.

    Experience the hospitality of this lesser-known part of Scotland; taste the malts of Speyside; visit small working harbours; see the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen; breathe the fresh clear air; and enjoy exhilarating sailing across the Firth of Forth and down to landfall at the pretty fishing harbour of Eyemouth.

    Just to the south lies Holy Island – Lindisfarne – one of the cradles of Christianity in Britain – where we can anchor to visit the ancient abbey and castle.  There will be time to visit the Farne Islands, scene of Grace Darling’s heroism and one of the finest bird sanctuaries in Britain.  Seals inhabit the outer rocks.  This is the Northumbrian coast – with its perfect unspoilt beaches, fabulous castles and lovely landscapes.

    Enjoy a night at anchor in the idyllic setting of Lower Newton by the Sea and then an express run south past the mighty rivers Tyne and Tees until the lively historic town of Whitby appears between the cliffs. This lively friendly harbour town, home town of Captain Cooke and with lots more amazing history, is a perfect place to rest before the next big passage.

    In the early morning we speed south along the beautiful Yorkshire coast, past Flamborough Head and then shape our course offshore and enjoy an exhilarating sail at night through the North Sea gas fields.  Next morning we find ourselves off the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts and glide into the rural peace of Southwold, tying up just beside the pub for some well-earned rest and relaxation.

    Our final passage follows the ancient trade route south along the gentle Suffolk coast, past Aldeburgh, Orford Ness, the River Orwell, into the mighty Thames Estuary and eventually to our home port at Chatham on the historic River Medway.  What an achievement – nearly 500 miles in 8 days and experiences to last a lifetime.  And it’s the end of another great circumnavigation of Britain.

    avel:  Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London.  Rail (sleeper) service from Inverness.  Buses or taxi from the airports.  Chatham:   45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient.  Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby.  Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing.  There is free parking at the marina.

    Travel:

    Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, each 1 to 1.5 hours away with cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London.  Rail (sleeper) service between London and Inverness.  Buses or taxi from the airports.

    Chatham:   45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient.  Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby.  Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet Eurostar terminal. By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing.  There is free parking at the marina.

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£680
End of Round Britain 3

 

 

Adventure Sailing Holidays Autumn 2014

Dates Itinerary Autumn 2014 Price
Fri 3 Oct to
Fri 10 Oct(7 days)
Autumn Breeze 1: Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Ostend – Chatham
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    CREW 24 – AUTUMN BREEZE 1 – Fri 3 October to Fri 10 October

    Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Oostende – Chatham

    Join us for one of these delightful autumn cruises to Holland.  The Dutch are a great sea-faring nation and the beautiful medieval towns in the Scheldt estuary bear witness to an illustrious past and rich traditions.  The great Thames Estuary has an equally rich maritime history and this cruise is a great opportunity to experience the region at first hand – on the sea.

    Following the route of the old sailing barges from Chatham on the historic River Medway we speed down the great Thames estuary past ancient banks and wartime forts, past the distant shores of Essex to delightful, unspoilt harbour of Southwold in the lovely Suffolk countryside.

    From here we set sail again for an epic voyage across the southern North Sea to a landfall in the Oosterscheldt delta in Holland.  We enter the Dutch inland waterways with their wide canals, spectacular sea defences and vast sheltered sailing areas.  Leaving the North Sea behind we are now in calm waters and sail through gentle countryside to visit the beautiful old towns of Zierickzee, Veere and Middelburg.  There is no better way to see and enjoy these places than to arrive by sea and berth right in the centre.  Then its back out through the giant locks at Vlissingen (Flushing) to the Westerscheldt and an express run south to lively Ostende in Belgium.  Time here for some well-earned rest before our return passage across the great Dover Strait to Kent and journey’s end at the Medway.  What a feast of travel – East Anglia, Kent, Holland and Belgium – and great sailing experience too.

    Travel:

    Chatham:  45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient.  Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby.  Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal.  By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing.  There is free parking at the marina.

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£599
Fri 17 Oct to Fri 24 Oct
(7 days)
Autumn Breeze 2: Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Ostend – Chatham
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    CREW 25 – Autumn Breeze 2 – Fri 17 October to Fri 24 October

    Chatham – Southwold – South Holland (Zierickzee, Veere, Middelburg) – Oostende – Chatham

    Join us for one of these delightful autumn cruises to Holland.  The Dutch are a great sea-faring nation and the beautiful medieval towns in the Scheldt estuary bear witness to an illustrious past and rich traditions.  The great Thames Estuary has an equally rich maritime history and this cruise is a great opportunity to experience the region at first hand – on the sea.

    Following the route of the old sailing barges from Chatham on the historic River Medway we speed down the great Thames estuary past ancient banks and wartime forts, past the distant shores of Essex to delightful, unspoilt harbour of Southwold in the lovely Suffolk countryside.

    From here we set sail again for an epic voyage across the southern North Sea to a landfall in the Oosterscheldt delta in Holland.  We enter the Dutch inland waterways with their wide canals, spectacular sea defences and vast sheltered sailing areas.  Leaving the North Sea behind we are now in calm waters and sail through gentle countryside to visit the beautiful old towns of Zierickzee, Veere and Middelburg.  There is no better way to see and enjoy these places than to arrive by sea and berth right in the centre.  Then its back out through the giant locks at Vlissingen (Flushing) to the Westerscheldt and an express run south to lively Ostende in Belgium.  Time here for some well-earned rest before our return passage across the great Dover Strait to Kent and journey’s end at the Medway.  What a feast of travel – East Anglia, Kent, Holland and Belgium – and great sailing experience too.

    Travel:

    Chatham:  45 minutes by rail or 1.5 hours by bus from Central London. Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports are all convenient.  Cross channel links (ferry and tunnel) via Dover and Folkestone are nearby.  Chatham is only 20 minutes from Ebbsfeet Eurostar terminal.  By road the marina is only 20 – 30 minutes from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing.  There is free parking at the marina.

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£599

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As with all our adventure sailing, these cruises are aboard a 46 foot yacht (Tonic) and you will be one of a crew of 6 to 8 people. The skipper will be a highly experience RYA instructor and training at all levels is included. You can even start as a complete beginner and by the end you would be a seasoned sailor. Some prior sailing experience is necessary - to be sure you are going to enjoy it. Of course these voyages are also fantastic vehicles for building experience towards RYA qualifications and you could choose to go straight on to a 2 or 3 week training module for the yachtmaster examination.

How to book

Notes:
1. Joining instructions will be sent detailing where and when crews should arrive at the yacht. As a guide, crews normally arrive between 1500 and 1800 on the first day of each cruise. The yacht may depart on the evening of the first day or the following morning according to weather and tides. The yacht will normally arrive at the final port for each leg in the evening before the final day and crew are usually able to leave by about 1100 on the final day. Check joining/leaving times before booking travel.

2. Prices include a berth (sharing a double or twin cabin), all meals and tea/coffee etc aboard the yacht for the whole period, safety equipment (lifejackets and /harnesses), oilskins if required, sailing instruction and VAT. You need to pay for travel to and from the yacht and you will need some pocket money for personal expenses.

3. We usually sail with up to 8 or 9 aboard, always including a professional skipper/instructor and sometimes a mate too. You will be allocated a berth sharing a twin or double cabin. Some of your fellow crew may be sailing as part of longer training programmes; others may be joining for just one trip to learn to sail or extend experience; and others may be along for an adventurous holiday.

4. Itineraries are carefully planned to allow for average conditions and the descriptions are fair illustrations based on years of experience. We aim to follow the broad itinerary but weather and sea conditions in combination with tides can and sometimes do force changes to our plans. With safety our top priority, the skipper has to decide actual sailing schedules. It isalso important to realise that these are adventurous sailing trips which could involve some discomfort if the sea is rough. The skipper will always consult with the crew to make the most of every situation and we are confident that you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable cruise.

5. Elite Sailing Club Sea Miles Scheme. Every trip you sail earns you sea miles which can be used to help pay for subsequent trips in the same year and even the following year. This is effectively a 5% loyalty discount for your second and all subsequent adventure sailing trips. And if you have booked and paid for a trip this year you have the chance of further ‘standby’ sailings at great prices – never available to non-members. Specially discounted trips and Round Britain Adventures do not generate 'seamiles'.

6. Special Discounts. The following discounts are available: 5 % if 8 people book one trip together. Crew 2 + delivery D1 £840 for 11 days. Crews 8 and 9 together – 5% discount. 5% if you book any 4 or more trips. 7% if you book 4 or more trips in one season. (only 1 discount may apply. Previously earned seamiles may be used to assist in purchase of discounted trips but discounted trips do not generate seamiles.