Ocean Passage - Sail north from Oban to Arctic Norway 2017

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Oban to Bodo is one of our most varied trips of the year.  Weather dependent as always, but with sensible weather the options are unlimited.

Take the train to Oban to join the boat - fly home from Bodo (2 flights needed with a change in Oslo)

We start from the picturesque town of Oban.  Our first day we head northwards through the sound of Mull and anchor for the night.  On our second day we work out the tides, look at the weather and sail further north, inside or outside Skye (tide dependent).  We may choose to stop in another sheltered anchorage, or keep going overnight to get more miles under our belt.  Once past Cape Wrath, we can go west or east of Shetland (the straight line goes right through the middle!) and after checking the weather we can choose to stop or carry on!

Leaving the Shetlands behind us we continue north eastwards towards the Norwegian coastline, and have a variety of options of which route to take amongst the islands.  Once between the islands there are numerous choices of tiny fishing villages or isolated anchorages to stop at – some that we know from previously or we may decide to choose something new.

However the route plans out you will gain miles for your log book and experience taking part in a watch system.  As we head north the days will get longer, and once past the Shetlands it will not go dark at all.  You will get to feel the wind in your hair and the power of the sea as you take the helm across the ocean. En route we are happy to teach the wonders of navigating by the stars, use of a sextant and how the GPS works!.

This trip will be at least 1000 miles of proper ocean sailing.  It can be cold and rough, but also calm and sunny. There are some ports of refuge if needed along the way and we do have time to explore ashore once we arrive in Norway.   Plenty of adventure for the hardy sailor. 

Prior sailing experience is required for this trip – at least 20 days sailing including 2 days of non stop watchkeeping.

Our Sailing Holiday highlights include

• Sailing amongst the islands of the Hebrides
• Crossing the Arctic Circle into 24 hour daylight
• A non stop 500nm ocean crossing
• Spectacular landfall and arrival in Norway with great places to explore ashore
• 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

At a Glance

27th May- 11th June 2017


£1525, fully inclusive once on board - for details see What's Included

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Difficulty Level AAAAA - click for more info  
AAAAA ocean passage of more than 96 hours at sea
Previous sailing experience of at least 20 days including at least 2 consecutive nights of night sailing and watch keeping required for this trip. Make no mistake, this is a real open ocean adventure.

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We had amazing sailing, great wind and tide to help us along and the fastest crossing to date!  Its been amazing to sail with you

This is a sample itinerary only, based on what we did during 2016 –on ocean passages the weather dictates the programme.  You can read about previous years passages on my blog here

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800.  Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner is served on board at 2000.

Day 2 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing.   Our first day last year was very windy so after the briefing we elected to stay in Oban and visit the distillery.

Day 3 – A chance to learn about the boat on a day sail. Great sailing and scenery in the Sound of Mull and once past Ardnarmurchan a chance for a fantastic sail to one of the many islands. 

Day 4, –  Work the tides, and head north towards Cape Wrath.  We start our watchkeeping routine straight away and get used to sleeping in shifts.

Days 5,6,7 - continue with the watch keeping routine – Last year it was hard work beating to windward in a force 7 so we decided to take a break and stop in Scalloway on the west coast of the Shetland Islands. 

Days 8,9, In 2016 we anchored for two nights in the Shetland Islands to dodge some bad weather.

Days 10, 11, 12, 13 – We set off again and immediately start watches for our second passage.   We expect to make landfall on day 13 and work out our approach between the islands.   Last year we arrived in the stunning little marina at Klokkergarden late afternoon.(see photo above)  

Day 14 – Spend the morning walking ashore and admiring the scenery.  Set off at lunch time for our last sail - 70 miles to Bodo.  With 24 hour daylight we do not worry about entering harbour in the dark and arrive in Bodo at 0400

Day 15 – Our final day - we earnt a lie in after all the windy weather followed by brunch on board.  The afternoon was spent exploring ashore in Bodo.

Day 16 – Breakfast, depart from Velvet Lady at 1000. 

 This is an example itinerary of what we did last year on an ocean passage aboard Velvet Lady.  Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht and all our passages are great for milebuilding and hands on sailing no matter what your experience.  All our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. On all our trips it is possible to book an individual berth and become part of a group. To see our other opportunities for ocean passages and milebuilding  please see our schedule

Difficulty Level AAAAA ocean passage of more than 96 hours at sea Previous sailing experience of at least 20 days including at least 2 consecutive nights of night sailing and watch keeping required for this trip. Make no mistake, this is a real open ocean adventure.

  • Date: 27th May to 11th June 2017
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