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.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Scotland and the Hebrides are such a special area with so much to see and do. Watch Leaders please note you must join the boat 24 hrs earlier (see below)
Day 2: Briefings and training.
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great ocean sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day, everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We’ll find a beautiful anchorage for the night.
Days 3-5: Sailing, training and exploring in the western isles and Hebrides
We should now have a few days sailing and exploring in this most beautiful area of the world. There are amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views as we sail around. All the time we will be keeping an eye on the weather, ready to charge north to the Faroes.
Days 6-7: Sail to the Faroes
When the wind is right, we will set off for the c. 350nm to the volcanic archipelago of the Faroes. This is a great introductory offshore passage, taking about two days. You will start to get a feel for the open ocean, living and sailing in a watch system and learning how to run a ship offshore. The near vertical cliffs and millions of sea-birds will soon appear over the horizon and we will probably make landfall in the capital – Torshavn.
Days 8-10: Exploring the Faroes and preparing for the main passage to Norway
The northern Faroes are particularly beautiful and if the weather is good to us we will have time to sail and explore a little here. It is a wild, green, untamed land with grass on roofs, whales, puffins and a unique way of life. You really do have to visit the Faroes! All the time we will be watching the weather and doing final preparations for the big voyage north.
Days 11-15: Ocean passage to Arctic Norway
It’s time though to say goodbye to the Faroes and set off north for one of the most rewarding passages possible. Land will soon disappear over the horizon and we will be all alone except for the puffins, auks, common guillemots and kittiwakes as they see us on our way. We may well see a whale or two as day turns into night and we helm under the stars and via the moon. Ocean life is a wonderful and timeless rotation of watches, navigation and routines. It’s the perfect time to learn from our hugely experienced instructors, who are on hand at every stage of the way. Then, at 66° 33’N we cross into the Arctic Circle, and morning, noon or night we’re cracking open a bottle of bubbly and taking some photos! But we need to keep heading northeast, for just over the horizon now is the goal of north-west Norway, in all its beauty. If we make good time, we may even have time to visit some of this beautiful archipelago.
Day 16: Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs (we prefer if you don’t, but if you need to catch a ferry or flight, you can leave as early as you need to on the last day)
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