1200 miles of roughy toughy ocean sailing as we sail across the Atlantic from Ponta Delgada in the Azores to Plymouth, UK. This is the toughest trip of our itinerary for the year and can be quite rough and windy. Please make sure you have read our notes on ocean passages before booking.
You will gain miles for your log book and experience taking part in a watch system. You will find out about on board maintenenace schedules, long distance catering, weather forecasting etc. We are happy to teach the wonders of navigating by the stars, use of a sextant and how the GPS works!.
If you are planning on becoming an Ocean Yachtmaster in the future this trip also provides the ideal opportunity to learn the practicalities without the responsibility. Lin is both an instructor and examiner for this qualification and happy to share with you her knowledge gained through years of experience.
If you wish to use this trip as a qualifier for RYA Yachtmaster Ocean you must confirm that with us in writing (e mail) before hand. Only 2 of the spaces are available for this. One of these places is already taken
Join us in Ponta Delgada on the island of San Miguel. To get here it is easiest to fly from UK to Lisbon and then there are many daily flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada.
The weather on ocean passages is unpredictable and to allow for this and for your safety we allow plenty of time for this trip. With fair winds and flat seas we can have a fast passage back to UK, in which case we will use the 'spare time' to visit ports on the south coast of England. In 2012 the weather forecast was bad, and so we used our spare days waiting out the weather in the Azores, last year we were becalmed and had to burn a lot of diesel to make it on time. Either can happen, it is all part of the experience.
Preparation is the key - and we do not head straight out into the ocean. Our first day is a familiarisation day. Full safety briefing in the morning followed by a day sail in the bay off Ponta Delgada in the afternoon. Next day, weather permitting, we set off on our ocean passage and start the watch system straight away.
Plenty to look out for as we go, other shipping, yachting and sea life.
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Our Sailing Holiday highlights include
• Gently sailing beneath a starry sky
• Making landfall in new places
• Using a sextant and getting an accurate position
• Learning how to helm in all conditions
• Experiencing the beauty of sunrises and sunsets
• Relaxing and enjoying being away from the hustle and bustle of the busy office