Sailing Schedule 2009

I have just finished uploading our early 2009 sailing schedule – January to April.  This follows much the same pattern as last year, but added is a new ‘Canary Island Dash’, visit all 8 of the islands in 14 days.

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Also New for 2009 – cruise the spectacular fjords of Norway, and visit the Lofoten Islands situated within the Arctic Circle

The spectacular fjords and islands of northern Norway are our destination for the summer of 2009.  Here the islands rise majestically from the sea to a height of 1000 metres, and white sandy beaches line the waters edge.  These stunning mountains are interspersed with many narrow fjords and home to isolated and serene anchorages.  Fishing is the industry here as this is the worlds richest cod ground, and  there are many picturesque small fishing villages to visit nestled at the bottom of the steep mountains.

The flora and fauna in the area are unforgettable, and we hope to see sperm whales, puffins and sea eagles in their natural habitat.  We should even have a chance of catching our own dinner!

I have sailed this area previously in 1999 and 2002 running adventure holidays on a challenge yacht.  There are many special places that I am looking forward to ‘revisiting’ and plenty of new places to visit in Velvet Lady, who is not as limited in both draft and size that a challenge boat was.  This photo was taken during 2002 from the top of the hill in the picturesque fishing town of Reine.  A steep and exhiliarating climb which led to a breathtaking view.  Our boat is the one on the jetty in the picture.

Our base will be Bodo, 500 miles north of Oslo and just north of the Arctic Circle, and our cruising ground will be the islands and fjords of the Vestfjorden including the ‘sailors dream’ the Lofoten islands.

As with all our destinations, this area of Norway still remains unspoilt and off the beaten tourist track.  Getting there is easy if not direct – fly from UK to Oslo on a variety of carriers, and then take an internal flight from Oslo to Bodo  (www.sasbraathens.no , www.norwegian.no).  The airport in Bodo is a mere 20 mins walk from the marina, or 5 mins in a taxi.  As with all our destinations we will be adding  a full travel information and kit list page to our website.

Dates and detailed itineraries will be on the website shortly.  To make sure you receive this information as soon as it is available please e mail us at voyages@velvetadventuresailing.com and let us know of your interest.  You can also sign up for our newsletter at any time, or leave a comment on this blog

Outline Schedule

May 2009 – Plymouth to Oban – 7 days – £650
May/June 2009 – Oban to Bodo via Faeroe islands – 15 days – £995
June/July 2009 – Experience the wonder of the Norwegian coast and islands in the midnight sun – 7 days for £750
August 2009 – Bodo to Oban via Shetland islands  15 days – £995
August 2009 – A week exploring the outer Hebrides – £650
August 2009 – Oban to Plymouth – £650