This is a typical itinerary. What makes an adventure holiday 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 a 16 day trip from Gdansk to St Petersburg. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there is no fixed itinerary and the wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day.
Day 1: Welcome on board in Gdansk
Join the yacht between 1200h and 1800h in Gdansk. Today is all about settling in, meeting the crew and finding your way around your home for the forthcoming sailing holiday. Grab a cold beer and enjoy this beautiful and fascinating city.
Day 2: A day of sail training to get everyone up to speed
As ever on Rubicon 3 trips, there’s no previous sailing experience required to get fully involved. Every Rubicon 3 trip encompasses a full sailing course and today your skipper and mate will guide you through all the basics. You’ll learn about points of sail, tacking, gybing, reefing and even how to recover a casualty over board. For those who have sailed before, this is all great revision and a chance to develop as a crew. If it sounds a lot, don’t worry as you have the rest of your time on board to practise and develop your skill!. Tonight we’ll probably berth in Gdynia, where the WWII destroyer ORP Błyskawica and 1909 tall ship Dar Pomorza, now museums, are moored on the Southern Pier.
Days 3-4: Sail to Klaipeda, Lithuania
We now have around 110nm to get to this charming little city in Lithuania. We have to sail near the heavily fortified Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and we can expect to be questioned by their navy as to our intentions. The sail is a longish one and depending on the wind, we may end up sailing into the night, docking in Klaipeda in the silence of the dawn. When we awake, we will have a full day to wander around and explore. The old town in wonderful, with German-style, 18th-century wood-framed buildings. The town is rich in historic architecture, sculptures and street art, and has some wonderful waterside bars. We can also take the ferry to the lovely Curonian Spit, the birch-lined stretch of land across the lagoon.
Day 5: Sailing north to Liepāja
Ultimately we have so much choice of where we go to next, but as we head up the coast of Lithuania, we could opt to stop after 40nm in Liepāja, a rarely visited but very charming city. We can moor right in the centre of town and there’s quite a bit of fun to be had exploring this unusual stop.
Days 6-12: Parnu and the islands of Estonia
Estonia’s summer capital Pärnu is perhaps the most popular sailing destination in West Estonia with its famous sandy beaches. It’s a lovely place to spend a day and from here we can easily sail on to the tiny islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu. Slightly further north is the resort town of Haapsalu, from where we can make a brief crossing over to Hiiumaa and Saaremaa islands. This is a truly wonderful and unusual sailing area and we will try and spend as many days in this region as we can
Day 12-13 : Tallinn
It’s a good 70nm or so to finish rounding the Cape and arrive in Tallinn, capital city of Estonia. This much loved city is wonderfully peaceful, but also incredibly photogenic and bursting with wonderful sights – ancient churches, medieval streetscapes and noble merchants’ houses. There is also delightful food to try and really vibrant modern culture to enjoy.
Days 14-15-: Tallinn to St Petersburg
The last 160nm east to St Petersburg are an experience, as we enter the highly militarised Russian waters and we are subject to very strict rules and regulations. We will have to stop at the small military island of Kronstadt where we go through the various entry formalities, before finally pulling into St Petersburg itself with its magnificent domed churches, museums and canals. It is a magical city
Day 16 – Clean ups, debriefs and goodbyes
The end comes all too soon, and it’s time to put the boat back to how we found her, exchange pictures, reminisce about the trip and bid farewell to the yacht and new found friends. You’ll be free to disembark at 1200h and take a flight home that afternoon.
Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)
Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
Hot water bottle
Clothes for on-board and on shore
A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)
A water bottle
Thermals, two sets
Thick socks, two sets
Sun glasses (polarized)
Sun cream – SPF50+
Small quick dry towel
USB cord to charge your phone
Warm sleeping bag
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require