Here in Portugal the rules still prohibit us from sailing. Once we know more we will update the schedule page. We look forward to being able to sail with you later in the year, but meanwhile stay safe. Thanks
Where would you like to go for your sailing holiday and what do you want out of it?
A question that is sometimes hard to answer, because you haven’t really thought further than wanting great sailing, a nice relaxing time, nice weather!
It is often easier to answer with what you don’t want – crowded anchorages, mad dash at 3pm to get a marina berth, hot and sticky weather, no wind until late afternoon, limited choice of places to go… Where then might you fancy – Why not Galicia
On the northwest corner of Spain is Galicia, home to the region known as The Spanish Rias. Starting from Baiona in the southwest to Ribeira in the north east, the 160 miles of coastline is home to a fantastic and spectacular cruising ground.
These Rias are easier to imagine if you think of Scottish Loughs or Norwegian Fjords, deep, wide inlets that stretch far inshore providing long stretches of sheltered water. Once inside each Ria, natural bays with golden sandy beaches provide sheltered anchorages, and as fishing is a way of life here there are many colourful fishing ports to visit too.
You could spend days sailing in one Ria visiting quaint little places and eating tapas ashore or you can enjoy more challenging sailing by moving from Ria to Ria – let the weather forecast help you decide!
Never forget, once out of the shelter of the Rias this is the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline is wild and rugged, and that same headland which gives shelter to the Ria can often be a challenge to round. This can be proper sailing in oilies and boots, but ever so rewarding.
Don’t expect to be sailing between fancy marinas full of shore facilities, do expect peaceful anchorages and friendly locals, not too many tourists here so you may also have to practice your Spanish.
The temperatures in Galicia are in the mid twenties in summer – pleasantly warm without being hot and sticky and the wind generally a pleasant force 4 sailing breeze. June, July and August this year you can join a Skippered Charter on board Velvet Lady and visit these fabulous Rias.
We will be doing 3 one way trips, giving you the chance to experience the Rias in the north and the south and also to round Cap Finisterre. See our schedule for full details
Not able to find enough people for a bareboat charter? Don’t want the responsibility of being the skipper? Done a couple of courses and are looking for something different? Want to find out what it is like sailing on a bigger boat?
Skippered charter could be your answer. Pay for your berth
and join a group of like minded people on board – we take the responsibility of
finding the other people and we won’t cancel even if we don’t fill all the
The boat is an Oyster
55, Velvet Lady. Oyster is a design world renowned for its sailing ability,
spaciousness, comfort and safety. Velvet Lady is MCA coded and certificated to
Category 0 – so she carries all the equipment you need to sail anywhere in the
world, and her skipper and mate both hold Yachtmaster Ocean Certificates
This summer we will be based in Spain. Starting Easter weekend
we will be based on the south coast until mid May and then the Galician coast
in June and July. In late May you can join us on a passage up the
Portuguese coast as we swap cruising areas.
We are in southern Spain already, doing refit at the moment and
although it cools down in the evenings we wear t shirts during the day. It can
only get warmer!
Our prices are per person are all inclusive on board. We
provide all food on board – and better still there is no cooking, we only
expect you to help with the washing up. We provide all safety equipment
and oilies (no boots, please bring your own) and all bedding, pillows and
towels. There are no hidden extras like mooring or diesel. All of
our cabins are twins with bunk beds and we will ensure that you share a cabin
with a member of the same sex.
The only things not included are travel to the boat, travel
insurance (which is mandatory) alcoholic drinks (you are welcome to bring your
own on board) and anything you spend ashore.
Beginners are welcome on any of our trips as well as more
experienced sailors. We do not run courses but we are happy to answer
questions and coach as we go along – everyone can move along at their own pace.
A couple of things about life onboard you also need to know.
This is a non smoking boat
We wear lifejackets all of the time when at sea
There is no wifi on board so have plenty of data on your phone –
Alcohol and sailing don’t mix, so no alcohol whilst sailing or at lunchtime if we are sailing in the afternoon.
If you want more information please do not hesitate to contact
At the moment we are sitting in the Spanish Rias about to head to Rota in southern Spain, where we plan to spend 3 months varnishing! Monday the wind is due to shift to the north so we’ll be off again but the last week full of gales has given us time to get around to writing that all important 2020 sailing schedule.
Easter is a traditional time to dig out the sailing gear and get started – so that seems like a good time to start – and where better than Spain and in the sunshine.
This will be our 14th summer of sailing, and for the first time we’re not heading north to the Arctic but exploring the Iberian peninsula instead. We come here often in October, and love it – we just expect it to be warmer.
June and July there are 4 trips in the Spanish Rias one of our favourite cruising grounds There are not many direct flights from UK to Galicia, but you can fly to Vigo and La Coruna via Madrid/Barcelona. In the past guests have found flying to Oporto and then taking the airport bus to Vigo or La Coruna the most economic option
Biscay – get in touch with us if you would be interested in sailing across the Bay of Biscay in August
Velvet Lady looking great in Plymouth after the out of the water part of her refit. It is hard to believe that we have been going for 14 years, and this is the first winter we have spend not sailing. Really looking forward to meeting many of you again on board in summer 2020. We have big plans for the future, we aim to set off in October 2020 on a South American tour. Hear more about it when you are on board.