Gain 1100 miles for your log book – Norway to UK

We  have 2 spaces available due to a cancellation to sail on Velvet Lady from Kristiansund  to Plymouth.  This trip is 1100 miles and will be great for trying ocean sailing and gaining miles for your log book.

This is a 15 night trip which starts at 1800 on Saturday 26th August in Norway and ends at 1000 on Sunday 10th September in Plymouth.

We start with a couple of days cruising along the spectacular Norwegian coastline so that everyone becomes familiar with the boat.  We then set off across the Norwegian sea, past the Shetland Islands and on to Cape Wrath.  Once south of Cape Wrath there may be time to stop in the Hebrides before continuing on through the Irish Sea to Plymouth.

You will be expected to take a full part in the watch system and all on board chores.  We provide all your safety equipment, oilskins, bedding, towels food etc – you just have to bring your own warm clothing.

This is a skippered charter – with a full time skipper and mate on board so do not worry, you are never left on watch on your own.

We sell all of our berths on an individual basis – you are welcome to come on your own or persuade a friend to come with you.  Our policy is to ensure that if you come on your own you share a cabin with a member of the same sex.

You can find more information and book this trip here

or you can telephone Lin direct on 07801627660

Lofoten and Vesteralen

220 nautical miles last week as we sailed from Bodo to Stokmarknes.  What was it like – best described by the fabulous photos taken by those on board

Time to get ready now for the return trip – Stokmarknes to Bodo starting Tuesday



Midnight sun

We’re in the Arctic at the moment and on midsummers day we were treated to a spectacular view of the midnight sun. The Norwegians celebrate by making bonfires on the beach, we settled for red wine on board!  Our 6 guests this week all had a fabulous time, we sailed 214nm and visited 8 spectacular places.  We were very pleased to receive the following comment this week by e mail.

I wanted to thank you both for your hospitality throughout the week we were on board. You market your holidays as adventure sailing, and it certainly was the adventure and experience I was expecting. Although the weather wasn’t too kind to us, Norway is a stunning destination and I’m really glad I chose your yacht to experience the adventure.

We’ve just had a cancellation for the passage sail from Kristiansund to Plymouth – so there are now 2 places to join us for the 1100nm sail back to the UK.  Check out the itinerary page for more information

Apart from this cancellation the summer season is very busy now, but there are plenty of opportunities to join us in the Autumn as we follow the sun south from September onwards.  With a mix of  milebuilding and day sailing trips we believe we have something to suit everyone between now and the beginning of December.  From December onwards we will again be running our very popular 7 night sailing holidays in Lanzarote, sailing and winter sun what could be better.  For full information on dates and prices check out our Schedule page

Fab sailing en route from Plymouth to Oban

We arrived in Scotland in blazing sunshine, motored through the sound of Islay with the tide and anchored in West Loch Tarbert, Jura.  After 3 nights at sea it was time for Scottish Gin and Tonic at sunset.

541 miles on the log,  with stops in Fowey, Falmouth, 3 nights at sea ,Jura, Mull and finally Oban. We had a bit of everything.  A long beat around the Lizard in a steady force 6, downwind to Lands End in a steady force 7 and then a beam reach north through the Irish Sea and north channel.  The wind died just before we reached the Mull of Kintyre but the sun came out and we enjoyed motoring in sunshine for 30 hours.

The only rain of the trip was on the last day as we motored from Loch Duarte in Mull to Oban – we looked a bit bedraggled when we arrived.

Its best to let the guests sum up the trip

Sunny skies, starry nights, a bit of rain and lots of fun.  Superbly organised and hosted trip

Amazing experience of watches and variable weather.  Excellent hosts and lovely food

Velvet Lady inspires confidence and is a beautiful boat to sail.  Your attention to detail and safety left me in no doubt that this is the way to sail

First rate hosts, ship ad journey.  A wet day at sea is better than any day in the office

Azores to Plymouth

We’ve arrived in Plymouth – just in time to find out that there is going to be an election.  Well it will not effect our plans for the summer and we hope it will not effect yours!  Just in case we are offering a 20% discount on all remaining sailing holidays in the Lofoten Islands this summer.  For further info see our newsletter 

1600 miles we sailed to get from Ponta Delgada to Plymouth in 12 days and 1 hours including a pit stop for diesel in the Spanish Rias at Camarinas marina.

The prevailing wind should have been westerly, but not this year, the wind was in the east or the north the whole trip and often very light, so to windward we went along with 5 days of motoring.  We had very little rain and some stunning cloud formations.

Despite that, there were not many opportunities to use the sextant – every time the sun was out our 2 ocean candidates were on deck with their sextants and achieved some very reasonable results.

We had a really enjoyable trip with lots of laughs along the way – and only 1 gale

Join us this summer for some more great sailing


All secure in the Azores

We had a great trip from Madeira to the Azores – downwind all the way with big waves due to a storm further west.  This gave our guests plenty of opportunity to practice their helming and surf downwind.  Unfortunately the size of the waves prevented us from visiting Santa Maria and so we arrived in Ponta Delgada a little earlier than planned, but before the torrential rain!

We saw loads of dolphins along the way and also a selection of turtles of different sizes.  Ugo, our Italian guest was mesmerised by the phosphorescence but unfortunately despite a lot of trying we did not successfully manage to photograph it.

All geared up now for our trip to the UK.  The guests are arriving on Saturday but before then Richard and I have a few jobs to do, including putting the final touches to the Autumn programme.  It will go live on line on Thursday.

We can already taste the English beer and sausages, and are looking forward to being ‘home’ for a while