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