Heading South

sunset followed by moonrise

Heading south from Bodo to Kristiansund we are now starting to see the sun rise and set and are even having to get used to a bit of darkness!  Last week we had some great sunsets and even one followed immediately by a moon rising in the glow.

We had a slightly different route last week – we headed west to Traena and crossed the arctic circle before heading south and winding our way through a series of intricate islands and small harbours.

Now we are in Kristiansund and getting ready for the long passage home.

Spaces available due to cancellation on Spanish Milebuilding holiday

spanish rias

Add miles to your log book on this one way trip from La Coruna to Vigo.
We currently have 3 spaces.  1 male space to share a cabin with a solo male who has already booked and 2 places in a separate cabin.  You may book this cabin for 2 people to share, book on your own and we will find a member of the same sex to share with you or you may wish to have a cabin to yourself in which case you would only pay 50% of the berth fee for the second person.

The Galician coastline is home to a spectacular cruising ground, the Spanish Rias.  These long narrow inlets start with rugged capes that jut out into the ocean and penetrate far inland to beautiful ports and spectacular white sandy beaches.  This makes a fantastic cruising ground with a huge variety of anchorages and harbours to visit.

velvet Lady in Bayona at sunset Lins island sunrise over finisterre2 dolphins on the bow
There are 2 main areas,  the Rias Altas in the North and the Rias Bajas in the south.  They are separated by Cape Finisterre – a headland with a fierce reputation in bad weather but with hidden beauty.  Just behind Cabo Finisterre, in the lee of this rugged headland is a small and pretty fishing village of the same name. We aim to anchor here as long as the weather holds and walk to the lighthouse!
We will mainly be coastal sailing by day and expect to stop each evening, as most of the harbours are 25 – 30 miles apart, but as we are reliant on the weather we have to be happy to be out in the dark too!  The evenings will be spent either in marinas, unspoilt anchorages or little fishing villages. There is often time to wonder ashore before dinner and sample some local Spanish tapas!
We start in the bustling town of La Coruna, north of Finisterre and finish in historic Vigo at the head of the Ria of the same name.  Getting there is easy, there are airports in La Coruna, Vigo, Oporto and Santiago with good transport links.
This trip has gained the AAA rating because it involves sailing along the edges of the Bay of Biscay and around Cape Finisterre.  If we are unfortunate enough to have a lot of bad weather then we may not make as fast progress as we would like and the harbours either side of Finisterre may become inaccessible.
This would mean that we may have to do a longer sail to get around Finisterre from one safe haven to another and it may take 24/36 hours to get as far south as we need.   We are happy to take people of all levels of experience with us on this trip – but, because of the possibility of an overnight we do recommend that you have done a bit of sailing before.

Full details and to book see


Milebuilding and Passages


From the middle of August we stop offering relaxing holidays and move on to the more intense Milebuilding and Passagemaking trips as we start to head south to the Canaries.  If you are interested in feeling the wind in your hair, the waves under your feet and adding miles to your log book whilst enjoying the peace on the ocean why not take a look at one of these trips

1 place available due to cancellation – Kristiansund to Plymouth
Date: 27th August to 11 September 2016
Price: £1,395.00

Bay of Biscay crossing: Plymouth, Falmouth, Camaret, La Coruna
Date: 30th Sept- 10th October 2016
Price: £1,095.00 – 2 places left

Explore the Spectacular coastline of Galicia – Coruna to Vigo
Date: 15th – 25th October 2016
Price: £1,095.00 – 1 place left for a male guest

Milebuilding Blue Water Crossing – Madeira to Lanzarote and more
Date: 14th – 22nd November 2016
Price: £795.00 – 3 spaces

NEW Milebuilding trip in the Canary Islands
Date: 1st -11th December 2016
Price: £995.00 – 6 spaces


One way trips a success

view from the saloon window

Summer arrived in Arctic Norway this week, with temperatures up to 27 degrees we were able to wear our shorts and t shirts on deck.  Blue skies and sunshine greeted us at breakfast time most mornings.  We had plenty of time for sailing, exploring ashore, swimming and fishing.  A first this year – Jeff caught a Halibut, which was indeed very tasty.


We did not have much wind for the first few days whilst we were on the north side – but fortunately as soon as we headed south from Trollfjord we found some wind and had some great days sailing.


and visited some beautiful places

stunning scenery

yankee and staysail

All on board for both legs thoroughly enjoyed the one way trips beween Bodo and Stokmarknes and the return from Stokmarknes back to Bodo.  Each with the opportunity to explore the north of the islands.

We are just about to start our last Lofoten Islands trip of the season, but will be returning here again in 2017.   Full details on the schedule will be published at the end of September but will include both one way and circular trips as well as our popular 8 night trips.

Guest comments from last week

Another most enjoyable trip with good company, good food, good weather and fair seas.  Felt I reallly learnt a lot and respect the patience and understanding of Lin and Richard.  Would definitely recommend this and I hope to take another lovely trip on Velvet Lady soon

Well looked after – like being on holiday with your Mum and Dad, just what I needed – look forward to joining you on board again in the future

motoring in the flat