Summer 2020

At the moment we are sitting in the Spanish Rias about to head to Rota in southern Spain, where we plan to spend 3 months varnishing!  Monday the wind is due to shift to the north so we’ll be off again but the last week full of gales has given us time to get around to writing that all important 2020 sailing schedule.

Easter is a traditional time to dig out the sailing gear and get started – so that seems like a good time to start – and where better than Spain and in the sunshine.

This will be our 14th summer of sailing, and for the first time we’re not heading north to the Arctic but exploring the Iberian peninsula instead.  We come here often in October, and love it – we just expect it to be warmer.

Full details are on the Schedule page of our website

Just a few extra notes about the trips

Rota to Gibraltar – 9th to 17th April 2020 – 8 nights – £925 per person
on the website we call this trip Seville to Gibraltar as the nearest airport is Seville and a lot of people don’t know where Rota is! Fly to Seville and take the bus.

Gibraltar to Gibraltar – 22nd April to 30th April – 8 nights – £925 per person
It is often difficult to get a space in Gibraltar harbour so we will more likely be based in La Linea marina right next to the runway at Gibraltar airport.

Gibraltar to Vilamoura – 6th to 14th May – 8 nights – £925 per person
Day sailing, a hop to Morocco and then an overnight to the Algarve – Fly home from Faro airport – 20 mins from Vilamoura

Vilamoura to Lisbon – 19th – 27th May – 8 nights – £925 per person
Day sail along the Algarve coast and then a long hop along the Atlantic coast to Lisbon with a visit to Sines weather permitting.  Fly to Faro to join us in Vilamoura. Our base in Lisbon will be Cascais

June and July there are 4 trips in the Spanish Rias one of our favourite cruising grounds
There are not many direct flights from UK to Galicia, but you can fly to Vigo and La Coruna via Madrid/Barcelona.  In the past guests have found flying to Oporto and then taking the airport bus to Vigo or La Coruna the most economic option

Galicia Northbound Vigo to La Coruna – 5th to 15th June – 10 nights – £1195 per person

Galicia Southbound La Coruna to Vigo – 20th  to 30th June – 10 nights – £1195 per person

Galicia Northbound again Vigo to La Coruna 7th to 17th July – 10 nights – £1195 per person

Galicia – La  Coruna to Gijon.  The Rias extend east from La Coruna and we’ve never explored these so this will be new to us as well as you!  22nd July to 30th July – 8 nights – £925 per person

Biscay – get in touch with us if you would be interested in sailing across the Bay of Biscay in August

Velvet Lady looking great in Plymouth after the out of the water part of her refit.  It is hard to believe that we have been going for 14 years, and this is the first winter we have spend not sailing.  Really looking forward to meeting many of you again on  board in summer 2020. 
We have big plans for the future, we aim to set off in October 2020 on a South American tour.  Hear more about it when you are on board.

Ready to head South

We’ve spent the past 8 weeks in Plymouth having some major time consuming refit work done on Velvet Lady. That is all finished now and we are ready to head south, we are just waiting for a gap in the weather. We’re going to spend the next few months in Rota on the south coast of Spain and do some more internal work, mainly painting and varnishing and will be ready to start trips again in the Spring.

So, the refit in pictures

Hire a big crane to lift the rig

Lift out and blast off the antifouling

Woodwork in the sunshine for the new heating
Move into a shed because of the weather
Epoxy and antifoul on the underwater hull
Polish the topsides
Service on all stern gear and propeller
Heating fitted in the Lazarette
Ready to launch
Mast stripped, painted and new standing/running rigging
Rig redressed before hoisting
Hire a big crane to put the rig back in
Sun protection – new sprayhood and bimini
Finally, Velvet Lady looking lovely and ready to go

Thank you to All Spars Rigging, Nathan Bone Yacht Repair, Blaster Master, Mountbatten Boathouse, Ocean Canvas Ltd and Watts Marine, you’ve done us proud.