28th August 2023 to 7th September 2023

Oyster 56: Bay of Biscay Mile-building Adventure

From £2764.00 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12-wks before departure
Sail 750 miles from Plymouth to Cascais aboard a luxury 57' Oyster yacht.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Individuals, Couples, Groups, Families
Difficulty
Basic. The professional crew are on hand to teach all guest crew
Nights onboard
10
Vessel type
Oyster 56
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Double, Cabin or Bunk Twin cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail 750 miles from Plymouth to Cascais aboard a luxury 57' Oyster yacht. Cruise down the coast of Spain and Portugal, stop by to enjoy the sights and sounds of local harbours and anchorages along the way.

10 nights: 28 August - 7 September 2023

From £2,764 per person

It is suitable for all, but perhaps especially those who wish to gain sea miles toward a Yachtmaster qualification or to enhance their seamanship skills. With a Yachtmaster Instructor on board to guide you and a yacht equipped with the latest navigation, communication and safety systems needed for a cruise round the world, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss. We will take you on a journey to learn about the amazing capabilities of technology, but if you wish, let us show you how to navigate with a sextant, Walker log, and paper charts.

Monday 28th August

Join at 4pm to board Asante to meet your amazing crew

Tuesday 29th August

You will watch the weather to find a window to cross the Bay of Biscay during this time you can meet each other and get used to the boat

Wednesday 30th August

After leaving Plymouth, you travel 100 NM across the English Channel before approaching the Bay of Biscay. For some, this is their first time leaving land for several days. However, with all the creature comforts Asante offers, this is certainly not a hardship, and for some, it is a truly cathartic experience to be there.

Thursday 31st August

The western edge of the Bay of Biscay passes as you marvel at the dolphins speeding beside the yatch, crossing your bow or racing along in their numbers effortlessly. Watch out for whales, as the Bay of Biscay hosts a large number of them and you occasionally see them.

Friday 1st September

As you cross the Bay of Biscay and follow the coast of Spain, you pass among islands and the mainland. Your journey ends in the beautiful town of Baiona.

Saturday 2nd September

Take a break. This quiet medieval historical center has a lot to offer in a single day. Take in the history – Columbus’ ships returned here to announce the discovery of America. A replica of this ship resides nearby. In addition to being on the Camino de Santiago trail, Baiona has a historic fort to explore.

Sunday 3rd September

Your journey continues down the coast, leaving Spain behind and heading to Porto in Portugal

Monday 4th September

The historic city offers many things to do. You can climb the Torre dos Clerigos Church Tower and enjoy the views, visit the park in the nearby square, or simply sit and enjoy the food.

Tuesday 5th September

The coastline leads you down to Figueira da Foz, where you stop for the night before your last day at sea. With the marina right in the center of the town and a small beach nearby, this is an excellent place to spend the night.

Wednesday 6th September

With a 100NM passage ahead, you will depart early for your final destination of Cascais, a well-known resort town near Lisbon that offers visitors the chance to explore fascinating museums and beautiful parks.

Thursday 7th September

You depart the yacht at 10am saying your final goodbyes

  • Qualified and experienced skipper and first mate
  • Fully coded yacht, licensed to charter anywhere in the world
  • Full Category A medical kit
  • All onboard expenses
  • Onboard food and drinks
  • Bedding and showering towels
  • Tuition and guidance from two Ocean Yachtmasters
  • All safety equipment
  • Fuel
  • Flights and transfers
  • Meals ashore
  • Wet weather gear

Vessel

Oyster 56

is a 2007 Oyster 56  A luxury 57ft sailing yacht designed by Rob Humphries. The 56 is perhaps the quintessential Oyster design and was the undisputed class leader at this size for more than a decade.

The key to her success is her size; large enough for rapid ocean cruising and to accommodate her crew and guests in comfort and style when living aboard, but easy to handle.

A spacious deck layout, large secure cockpit area and wide side decks make for comfortable and safe cruising and there are plenty of places to relax on deck.

The interior arrangement provides 3 separate cabins for guests. There is one double cabin, and two twin cabins, one forward and one aft. There is a day head midships for use by all guests and the large bright saloon offers plenty of room for relaxing in comfort. All creature comforts can be found on board: heating, air conditioning and fully covered cockpit if it is cold.  The guests separate shower stall and quiet flush electric toilet makes it feel a little more like home.

The Oyster 56 is a proven performer, with many ocean crossings and circumnavigations to her credit. She has had class wins in the ARC and has also won Cruising Class 1 at Antigua Sailing Week, beating several more serious racing yachts. She is a superb sea boat and remains very well regarded by all her fortunate owners.

  • large secure cockpit area and wide side decks make for comfortable and safe cruising and there are plenty of places to relax on deck
  • Fully batten main sail
  • Electric main halyard
  • Furling genoa with electric furling system
  • Asymmetric spinnaker
  • Storm jib
  • Electric winches
  • Full Spray hood and Bimini
  • Cockpit and deck cushions
  • AB rib with 25hp outboard engine
  • 2 Paddle boards
  • Snorkeling kits
  • Full safety equipment inline with MCA requirements for coded area of operation
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Drinks fridge
  • Ice Maker
  • Cockpit table fridge
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso Coffee machine
  • Washing machine
  • Full air conditioning and heating to all cabins
  • TV in main saloon
  • Full suite of Raymarine navigation equipment
  • VHF Radio and two handheld radios
  • Timezero Navigation suite including routing
  • AIS
  • Satellite communications

Skipper/Owners

Step aboard! We would be delighted to welcome you onto one of our adventure sailing charters aboard Asante, our luxury yacht an Oyster 57ft.  For those who don’t want to stray far from home perhaps you may consider sailing with us around the East Coast of England or exploring the West Coast of Scotland with its beautiful islands.  Or can we lure you further afield?  Cross an ocean, explore the warm Caribbean or venture to remote Pacific islands.

Owned and operated by Ian & Fiona, we specialise in taking guest to some of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Footloose Sailing Adventures offers crewed charters that caters to all experience levels.  All you need is a sense of adventure and a willingness to get involved.

Ian who is the skipper is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor with over 120,000 nautical miles of worldwide sailing while Fiona is a Commercial Yachtmaster who also holds Ocean Yachtmaster and is always happy to share her enthusiasm for celestial navigation.  She too has sailed in many parts of the world and acts as the first mate. They both enjoy cooking – producing food from local ingredients wherever possible.  Ian & Fiona both love adventure, exploring new places and meeting new people. They allow their guest to be a part of the adventure in a relaxed informal way with an element of luxury.

Plymouth, UK

Cascais, Portugal

Monday 28th August

Join at 4pm to board Asante to meet your amazing crew

Tuesday 29th August

You will watch the weather to find a window to cross the Bay of Biscay during this time you can meet each other and get used to the boat

Wednesday 30th August

After leaving Plymouth, you travel 100 NM across the English Channel before approaching the Bay of Biscay. For some, this is their first time leaving land for several days. However, with all the creature comforts Asante offers, this is certainly not a hardship, and for some, it is a truly cathartic experience to be there.

Thursday 31st August

The western edge of the Bay of Biscay passes as you marvel at the dolphins speeding beside the yatch, crossing your bow or racing along in their numbers effortlessly. Watch out for whales, as the Bay of Biscay hosts a large number of them and you occasionally see them.

Friday 1st September

As you cross the Bay of Biscay and follow the coast of Spain, you pass among islands and the mainland. Your journey ends in the beautiful town of Baiona.

Saturday 2nd September

Take a break. This quiet medieval historical center has a lot to offer in a single day. Take in the history – Columbus’ ships returned here to announce the discovery of America. A replica of this ship resides nearby. In addition to being on the Camino de Santiago trail, Baiona has a historic fort to explore.

Sunday 3rd September

Your journey continues down the coast, leaving Spain behind and heading to Porto in Portugal

Monday 4th September

The historic city offers many things to do. You can climb the Torre dos Clerigos Church Tower and enjoy the views, visit the park in the nearby square, or simply sit and enjoy the food.

Tuesday 5th September

The coastline leads you down to Figueira da Foz, where you stop for the night before your last day at sea. With the marina right in the center of the town and a small beach nearby, this is an excellent place to spend the night.

Wednesday 6th September

With a 100NM passage ahead, you will depart early for your final destination of Cascais, a well-known resort town near Lisbon that offers visitors the chance to explore fascinating museums and beautiful parks.

Thursday 7th September

You depart the yacht at 10am saying your final goodbyes

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