Fab sailing en route from Plymouth to Oban

We arrived in Scotland in blazing sunshine, motored through the sound of Islay with the tide and anchored in West Loch Tarbert, Jura.  After 3 nights at sea it was time for Scottish Gin and Tonic at sunset.

541 miles on the log,  with stops in Fowey, Falmouth, 3 nights at sea ,Jura, Mull and finally Oban. We had a bit of everything.  A long beat around the Lizard in a steady force 6, downwind to Lands End in a steady force 7 and then a beam reach north through the Irish Sea and north channel.  The wind died just before we reached the Mull of Kintyre but the sun came out and we enjoyed motoring in sunshine for 30 hours.

The only rain of the trip was on the last day as we motored from Loch Duarte in Mull to Oban – we looked a bit bedraggled when we arrived.

Its best to let the guests sum up the trip

Sunny skies, starry nights, a bit of rain and lots of fun.  Superbly organised and hosted trip

Amazing experience of watches and variable weather.  Excellent hosts and lovely food

Velvet Lady inspires confidence and is a beautiful boat to sail.  Your attention to detail and safety left me in no doubt that this is the way to sail

First rate hosts, ship ad journey.  A wet day at sea is better than any day in the office

Azores to Plymouth

We’ve arrived in Plymouth – just in time to find out that there is going to be an election.  Well it will not effect our plans for the summer and we hope it will not effect yours!  Just in case we are offering a 20% discount on all remaining sailing holidays in the Lofoten Islands this summer.  For further info see our newsletter 

1600 miles we sailed to get from Ponta Delgada to Plymouth in 12 days and 1 hours including a pit stop for diesel in the Spanish Rias at Camarinas marina.

The prevailing wind should have been westerly, but not this year, the wind was in the east or the north the whole trip and often very light, so to windward we went along with 5 days of motoring.  We had very little rain and some stunning cloud formations.

Despite that, there were not many opportunities to use the sextant – every time the sun was out our 2 ocean candidates were on deck with their sextants and achieved some very reasonable results.

We had a really enjoyable trip with lots of laughs along the way – and only 1 gale

Join us this summer for some more great sailing