Travel Writing Adventure – Palma de Mallorca

£1,195

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6 nights

Go on assignment with an award winning journalist. Hike in the extraordinary Sierra de Tramuntana. Learn the ropes and be part of the crew on the yacht. Experience exciting coastal sailing passages. Enjoy workshops in changing locations, from quiet bays to historical sites

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

Trip Start: June 2018

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Classic Aluminium Ketch

A deep and secure aft-cockpit make her ideal for safe passages and comfortable cruising and there’s plenty of sunbathing space on the large open deck. The versatile ketch rig means she can be comfortably sailed short-handed but is equally well-suited to being pushed hard by a full race crew and is an exciting boat to sail for old-hands and novices alike. Furling headsails and slab-reef mizzen and main sail mean there is plenty to keep the crew busy.

Vessel Length

65 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Up to 10 guest in four cabins.

  • Two private double cabins and two twins. All en-suite.
  • Temporary bunks can be fitted in the double cabins to provide additional space (great for larger groups or those with young children).
  • The saloon and galley provide a great social area, with seating for 8 at the table and a meticulously appointed galley, perfect for preparing high quality meals.
  • Should you wish to secure a private berth (for one person) a single cabin supplement will apply to the price of the trip – currently standard price + 70%.

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

40% and Staggered 2. Registration form required to confirm booking.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation aboard for the duration of the adventure
  • Professional skipper for the duration of the adventure
  • Sheets & bedding
  • Bath towels
  • Drinking water, teas & coffees

Additional

  • Travel to or from the vessel
  • On arrival you are required to pay a Communal Expenses Allowance (CEA), currently 15% of the full charter or adventure price. This is essentially a ‘boat kitty’ that covers variable expenses such as fuel, harbour water, food, non-alcoholic drinks and port fees. The CEA can then be used by your skipper to make payments during the charter without disturbing you, and serves as an available kitty for guests. Any remaining CEA is returned at the end of the charter, or if expenses incurred exceed the CEA collected, an additional expense is requested at the end of the charter.

Practical Info

  • Guests become part of the crew and the responsibility for provisioning is shared, based on the groups’ preferences (some adventures will feature more remote anchorages and cooking aboard, on other trips guests may prefer to eat ashore more often). There is certainly no better way to understand a region than by visiting the local food markets and seeing what fresh produce is being bought and sold.
  • Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Join the boat in Palma from 12.00. If you are due to arrive later than 20.00 please let us know in advance.

The Marina is a short bus or taxi ride from the airport

Getting back

Disembark in Alcudia by 12.00

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Travel Writing Adventure – Palma de Mallorca

Join at Palma

Leave from Alcudia

Highlights

Go on assignment with an award winning journalist

Hike in the extraordinary Sierra de Tramuntana

Learn the ropes and be part of the crew on the yacht

Experience exciting coastal sailing passages

Enjoy workshops in changing locations, from quiet bays to historical sites

Trip details

We’re thrilled to add this exciting collaboration with award-winning travel journalist, Aaron Millar, to our 2017 itinerary.

This adventure provides an amazing opportunity to explore alongside one the UK’s finest travel writers, as if on assignment together. The combination of a hands-on sailing trip and Aaron’s workshops provide an incredible opportunity to enhance your writing, under expert guidance, as you travel. A fluid itinerary and the unique perspective of life afloat provide added inspiration as you learn the techniques and processes of successful travel writing.

As an active member of the crew, under the guidance of your professional skipper, you’ll explore this beautiful region on a custom-built 65′ yacht. The famed clubbing resorts, bars and all-day breakfasts may turn some travellers off Mallorca but beyond the noise, the depth of history and culture, the mountains and seascapes, take many visitors by surprise.

We welcome up to eight guests, sleeping in two double & two twin cabins (all en-suite). A single cabin supplement is applicable for those wishing to secure a private space. The retreat includes 7 days & 6 nights aboard yacht KS, daily adventure and Aaron’s writing and photography workshops. There will be plenty of free time to swim, snorkel, read, walk, explore, paint or do what it is you love to do.

Itinerary

Starting in Palma, with its superb restaurants, thriving arts scene and lively café culture, we’ll explore the rich coastline and venture ashore to experience local markets, historical sites and superb hiking. As with all sea voyages our movements and decisions will depend on weather and sea conditions and the adventure will develop accordingly, so expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible!

We’ll aim to follow the coastline anti-clockwise from Palma to Alcudia, stopping in ports and bays as we explore the rugged west coast, including the town of Sóller and the impressive Sierra de Tramuntana.

Aaron’s lectures will form a daily part of the adventure and allow you to take new skills into the field as you travel ashore and at sea. Afterwards he’ll work with you individually on writing up those experiences.

There are two parts to the workshop: the art of travel writing & the business of travel writing. Lectures will lean towards the creative aspect, but will include all the information students need to know in order to go out and be a travel writer themselves.

Writer in Residence: Aaron Millar

Aaron Millar is an award-winning travel writer. He contributes regularly to The Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller and many other national and international publications. He has presented travel documentaries for National Geographic TV and is the 2014 British Guild of Travel Writers, Travel Writer of the Year. His latest book, 50 Greatest Wonders of the World, is available now through Icon Publishing. He also takes photos for The Times, National Geographic Traveller and Wanderlust. Aaron grew up in Brighton, England, but is currently hiding out in the Rocky Mountains of Boulder, Colorado. You can find out more about his writing at his website thebluedotperspective.com.

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Sailing gloves

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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“Highly recommended!”

Sara

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