Norway to UK with a dolphin escort.

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We had a fantastic sail home from Norway – I will especially remember it for 2 reasons.  Most of the way we were either downwind or beam reaching.  The only beat was the last 50 miles from Lands End in Easterly winds!  The other reason is for the number of dolphins that escorted us, playing in the bow wave and leaping out of the water on the beam to entertain us.  After the long leg from Norway we spent a night at anchor in Portree – where I have never been, waiting for the tide through the Kyles of Lockalsh and then a very pleasant night in Mallaig.  We then sailed non stop to Falmouth and spent a lovely day exploring there before arriving in Plymouth.

We’ve been busy in Plymouth preparing for our annual code inspection – which went without a hitch yesterday so we can now relax.  A week more of general maintenance and we will be ready for the Bay of Biscay.  If you fancy an adventure there is still one space left

Sailing across the Bay of Biscay is on the to do list for many yachtsmen.  Why, because it has gained itself a fierce reputation for strong winds and big waves and so crossing it safely is a big achievement.  This will be our 9th southbound crossing of the Bay of Biscay aboard Velvet Lady.  Yes the weather can be rough, we choose carefully when to leave Plymouth, but what better way to experience it than on a good solid 55 foot Oyster.

This passage is ideal for milebuilding, experiencing sailing in more challenging conditions and gaining experience towards a future Yachtmaster certificate.   You will be able to learn from us about course shaping and plotting, tides (including secondary port calculations), passage planning and passage making, how to interpret weather forecasts and collision regulations.   There are also plenty of opportunities to practice navigation and work out tides as we approach the Spanish coast.

Our milebuilding trips are all about enjoying sailing and the beauty of being at sea without the pressure of being on a course.  We are not working to a syllabus, but planning the tides and deciding the course based on the conditions around us.  Plenty of time to look out for even more dolphins – these are ones off Falmouth

Full details here, why not think about joining us

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