Celebrate Midsummers day sailing in the Lofoten Islands

a fantastic anchorage in haversandTheres nothing quite  like sitting indoors on a wet and windy day to get you thinking about the summer and summer holidays.  This summer we will be sailing up in the Lofoten Islands of Norway enjoying 24 hour daylight surrounded by spectacular scenery.

We get there in June, and will be joining with the locals later in the month to celebrate midsummers day.  The Norwegians celebrate by burning bonfires on the beaches, we will settle for a BBQ on the back of the boat in a peaceful anchorage – our favourite is pictured above.

We are running trips in June, July and August – and although most of them are filling up now there are still a few spaces in the early ones.   Our base in Bodo is easy to get to.  Fly from your local airport to Oslo and then take an internal flight to Bodo, there are about 5 a day.   As of today, flights are approximately £250 return from London Gatwick with SAS or Norwegian Air, also available from other UK airports.

We spend the days sailing and the evenings exploring ashore – plenty of time as it never goes dark.  We expect to see lots of wildlife too.  Last year we saw numerous types of birds, huge eagles, pods of pilot whales, dolphins, and even some Killer Whales.

pilot whales digermule

Why not join us – full details of the places we have left are as follows

Lofoten Islands of Norway – 8 night Sailing Holiday
Date: 7th – 15th June 2014
Price: £950.00  2 spaces

Lofoten Islands Midnight Sun sailing holiday
Date: 19th June – 29th June 2014
Price: £1,295.00  6 spaces

Lofoten Islands of Norway – 10 night Sailing Holiday
Date: 3rd – 13th July 2014
Price: £1,295.00  4 spaces

Lofoten Islands of Norway – 11 night Sailing Holiday
Date: 17th – 28th July 2014
Price: £1,395.00  1 space

Gales in Lanzarote!

volcanoFor the past week we have been watching the weather in UK with awe.  Every morning BBC news website had photos of various parts of the coast under water or being deluged with big waves.  It looked horrific.

Although the weather in Lanzarote is nowhere near as bad as UK, it has been a bit unsettled recently and last week we had 2 days of rain and gales. Despite this we still managed to circumnavigate Lanzarote and visit the tiny island of Graciosa.
One of the highlights of the week was being joined by a couple of pilot whales as we sailed along the coast by Arrecife.

The last day, shorebound by the gales, we took the opportunity for a land trip and went to see the volcanos in  Timanfaya National Park instead.

The worst of the weather was on Sunday once the guests had left.  The most wind we saw on the dial was 46 knots, definitely enough to snap a stern line.  Luckily we had 4 of them so came to no harm.

The wind has now dropped, but it is still quite cold, we do expect it to stop for our next trip on Thursday. Meanwhile I am sitting here ‘dreaming of summer’

 

Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage – Azores to Plymouth

velvet lady from helicopter

 As mentioned in my previous blog we have 3 trips remaining in the Canary Islands before we start our series of milebuilders and ocean passages back to UK.

As ever these passages are always popular and we now have just one space left on the longest leg, 12oo miles from the Azores to Plymouth in April.

If you are already a yachtmaster and have passed the ocean theory exam this is an opportunity to put your knowledge to the test!  However, we don’t just aim to fill our boat with budding yachtmasters, we are happy to offer these passages to those who wish to build their miles up, so if you are a sailor with plenty of miles under your  belt and fancy a longer passage why not give it a try.

Full details on our website here

Sailing Holidays around Lanzarote

 

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The lovely Playa Francesca

We’re back in Lanzarote now after our week skiing in Italy, and are ready to go again with 5 more weeks of relaxed sailing around Lanzarote.  In fact we have just completed the first.

Our guests are often pleasantly surprised to discover that as well as sailing there is plenty of time for other activities in the sunshine as well.  Walking, swimming, snorkelling, reading on deck, even shopping!

Last week as well as sailing 170 miles around Lanzarote our guests were able to spend a morning at the vibrant market in Marina Rubicon, walk along the cliff tops from Puerto Calero to Playa Quemada, swim off the beach in Playa Quemada, walk along the promenade in Arrecife, climb the volcano on Graciosa and snorkel and swim in the lovely bay, Playa de Francesca.  After a long motor home on the last day we also managed an hours swimming time off the beach in Papagayo before returning to the marina.

Whilst sailing we did many tacks and also saw 3 whales and 3 different sets of dolphins as well as quite a few flying fish.

sailing in lanzarot

We tend to sail around Lanzarote in an anticlockwise direction and due to the distance between ports we often start the week sailing short distances and spending more time ashore until it is time for the long sail up to La Graciosa and then the longer sail back!  This gives the week a distinctly holiday feel rather than that of being on a course or taking part in a yacht race.

We have 3 more of these weeks left to go, but only 2 spaces on the trip from 20 – 27th February.  Why not join us.