Happy to be back in Plymouth

We’ve had a great season in Norway but its still nice to be back in Plymouth.  Sailing 1352 miles south we had a tough trip from Kristiansund.  With gales forecast we spent 4 days at the beginning in the protection of the fjords before heading out into the wild.  With favourable SE winds, we raced across the Norwegian sea getting to Stornoway just before the next set of gales.

From there it was a quick dash across the Minch to the Kyle of Lockalsh and a night at anchor waiting for the tide.  The weather looked like it was going to be against us as we were still in Kyle Rhea on Wednesday morning, but with some luck with the wind and the tide we sailed the last 600 miles efficiently in 96 hours arriving in Plymouth a mere 2 hours late, just before the next and worst of the gales.  We are tucked around the corner in Mayflower Marina in a very quiet spot whilst the outer breakwater is bouncing in the waves.  Thank you marina staff.

Work has started – sails are away for a wash and a check, the wheel has been fixed (we broke a spoke) – engineers are servicing the engine and generator and the rig has had a good check up.  Marching through the jobs list means that we’ll have a chance to visit family next week before setting off across Biscay

Still one space left on the Biscay crossing and a few more between now and December.  All spaces can be seen on our Schedule here.

How many WOW moments can you have in one trip.

We’re now finished our Lofoten Islands trips for this summer and are in Kristiansund waiting for the guests to arrive for the passage south.  Yet again no words are necessary but a pictorial tribute to the past 3 weeks

We did and arrived safely in Kristiansund!

We’ve just published the calendar for 2018 – join us, details here

 

A little bit of Caribbean?

Sunhats, t shirts and shorts all made an appearance on more than one day this week as we experienced warm winds and sunshine for most of the trip.  The seats at the back were well used, a great place to sit and take in the ambience of the surrounding beauty that is Lofoten.

This our second 11 night trip from Stokmarknes to Bodo was another excellent trip. With visits to  Stokmarknes, Guvag, Brottoya, Nesoya, Trollfjord, Skrova, Haversand, Stamsund, Nusfjord, Reine, Henningsvaer, Hopen/Kalle, Vettoya and finally Bodo gave us a distance of 217nm on the log and some great sailing.

The dates are just coming together for next year and we expect to publish them soon, once again including these really great one way trips from Bodo to Stokmarknes and return.

What do the guests have to say about it

Wonderful sailing and scenery.  Great trip. good weather. Richard and Lins organisation, welcome, cooking, instruction all were excellent and made for a tip top relaxing experience – not to be missed

Thank you so much for a wonderful journey.  For showing us the Loften with all the beautiful obvious and hidden treasures.  And next to that, and not less important, we would like to thank you for the care, energy and attention you put forward in taking care of us.  You really take good care of your guests and that’s an understatement.  We wish you many more broad reach sailing years to come.

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

https://www.velvetadventuresailing.com/adventure-sailing-holidays-2017/milebuilding-passage-kristiansund-to-plymouth

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