An Independent review

crew selfie

It is not often that you get the opportunity to read a totally independent review of life aboard Velvet Lady.  Last week travelling with us were Sharon and Stuart from Australia.  Sharon took a year off work to travel in 2011, and is still travelling and blogging about her travels in her blog ‘Never ending gap year’

Sharon and Stuart joined us in Lanzarote for a weeks relaxed sailing holiday and she has now posted her blog

Circumnavigating Lanzarote on Velvet Lady: Dolphins! Sunshine! Sailing!
She gives great descriptions of life on board – talks about things I would not think of mentioning and the photos are fantastic too.  Why not have a read for a participants view on life aboard Velvet Lady.
more crashing nwaves dolphin watch crashing waves lookout graciosa beach

All female sailing team in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race

For the past few weeks, whenever we have been in Puerto Calero we have watched with interest as Team SCA in their bright pink boat go out training.  This last week we have seen them in the harbour and on the water.  Watching their AIS signal their speed has been 18 and 19 knots when we thought we were doing great at 8!

This bright pink boat is the training vessel (whilst the new one is being built) for an entry in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race around the world  with an all female crew.  Currently they are doing crew trials and selection and Richard suggested that if I wanted to try I could.  I thought about it and 10 years ago I would have jumped at the chance, but I’m now so used to the comfort of our lovely Velvet Lady, and the relaxed atmosphere of our passages that I don’t think I could  cope with the adrenaline and stress of high tech racing again.   However best of luck to those trying out, especially Sam Davies a fellow Brit.

This was our last week of cruising around Lanzarote and we had a great time.  Good wind, great sailing, dolphins and 4 fantastic whale sightings, one so close to the boat that it was a privilege to watch.

At the end of the week we encourage our guests to write in our guest book and this little ditty sums it all up rather well

Anyone up for some winding?

Anyone wanting tea?

A shout goes up at the sight of a whale

A school of dolphins, the SCA sail

We’re loving our time at sea

The victuals are simply delicious

but our knots are in disarray

we’re learning our yankees and staysails and mains

though ‘haricot’ reaching is taxing our brains

we’d come back for more any day

There is a tale to the ‘haricot’ reaching. When talking about the points of sail we knew – close hauled, close reach, beam reach, xxxxx  reach, and dead run. Richard yells from the galley – a type of bean and we went through the list, kidney, baked, green etc – what is it really ‘a broad reach’!!

Come sailing with us, there is always something new to learn.

Off to Madeira this week and looking like some great weather with a little wind on the nose so we will be practicing our tacking and close hauled sailing

Read Velvet Lady Guest Book


We are coming to the end of our Iceland season now and I was flicking through Velvet Lady Guest Book.  Thought you might like to take a look at some of the comments from our recent trips 

The sailing is extremely good with as much or little involvement as you hope for. Lin and Richard are informative, experienced and excellent hosts. Iceland delivers an abundance of wildlife and weather conditions. Humpback whales, dolphins, seabirds etc.

Peter and I had high hopes for a comprehensive sailing trip. Lin and Richard delivered this and more. The food is varied and plentiful. We were very comfortable and had a fantastic experience.

If anyone is unsure about adventure sailing, this lovely boat, Skipper and 1st Mate ensure your common interest is enjoyed at a pace that always makes you feel safe and secure. Our fellow crew were great company with many tales to share. Thank you. I hope this is not our last Velvet Lady adventure

Thank you for a wonderful time, your hospitality and unfailing good humour. I have been dreaming of coming to Iceland for years and you have helped that dream come true. Good luck in your future endeavours, with your mix of comfort, experience and welcome you cannot go wrong

These ten days exceeded all my expectations and I thank you from the bottom of my heart

Very professional, hospitable and informative. Great food and a great holiday

All that fabulous sailing interspersed with great hospitality, great food, and great company. All in all I have had the best weeks sailing ever – I can hardly bear it that I am going home tomorrow. Thank you


This has been one of my most enjoyable sailing holidays/adventures ever. The sailing was superb and ‘Velvet Lady’ is an excellent boat and extremely safe. The ports we visited were a fantastic experience in themselves and the scenery was out of this world. But the vote of thanks truly belongs to both Lin and Richard who were excellent hosts and wonderful teachers at the same time. Velvet Lady Adventures are well recommended

I was looking for adventure and a challenge – I certainly got both as well as a lot of fun and great company. Velvet Lady, Lin and Richard, many thanks for a trip I’ll never forget – you all three of you gave me confidence to try things I didn’t think I could ever do. I hope to come again sometime. Hospitality and food always excellent too.

We lived like kings, sailed around Lanzarote, swam on Christmas day. Lin and Richard were tremendous.

Thank you for having us on your boat sharing this great experience with you. Keep on with the enthusiasm, hospitality and gourmet cuisine – looking forward to coming on board again.

An absolutely splendid way to make a first passage. Great sailing in a wonderfully secure boat and well looked after by Lin and Richard

We had a great week sailing. Thank you so much for your permanent attention which made this trip a perfect one.

A well found boat with a knowledgeable and hard working crew. Lots of good food and the weather was good too

Lots of varied sailing, good food and interesting company.

A huge big thank you for a fantastic holiday away from the stresses and pressures of London life. If felt like being on top of the world, like a secret highland lake away from reality and surrounded by awesome mountains. All enjoyed while on board a boat which has been lovingly planned and beautifully looked after. You deserve Velvet Lady and she deserves you – such a serious boat needs people who will care for her and who know how to get the best from her.

Velvet Lady Guest Book


Just been flicking through the pages of our guestbook for the last year, and thought it would be good to publish some of the comments!

Here is a sample of what our guests have to say about us

…thank you for a fantastic weeks sailing and your great hospitality aboard Velvet Lady I’m sure I’ll be back…….

…we enjoyed Lin and Richard’s professional and welcoming approach to sailing and never stopped learning…………….

……….lots of varied sailing, good food and interesting company………

………You have been warm and welcoming and we have felt at home and had great fun….

……A well found boat with a knowledgeable and hard working crew lots of good food…….

Why not join us on Velvet Lady and find out for yourself.

Happy Customers

I have just been flicking through our guest book and though you might like to see a selection of what people have had to say during the past 5 months. 

‘…what a magnificent adventure….

….for those that like to combine sailing and wild life there is nothing to beat this ‘Arctic Sea’ adventure holiday……
…..These 10 days exceeded all my expectations and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I cant wait to sail with you again…..

….A wonderful variety of sights and sailing experiences coupled with excellent food and accommodation. A delight…

…Keep on with the enthusiasm, hospitality and gourmet cuisine,  Looking forward to coming on board again…..

….This trip was a combinaton of fun, adventure, learning and sightseeing all wrapped up into your gorgeous boat….

….The sea in all its many forms from glassy to rough- from deep green to black – all amazing.  Thank you for a wonderful time……