Why Velvet?

Velvet Adventure Sailing is owned and run by Lin Parker and Richard Andrew who are both passionate about sailing and exploring new places. They have now been operating aboard Velvet Lady for 10 years.

‘Simply the best way to go sailing.  Thanks for the patience with an ambitious sailor.  Thank you Velvet Lady for a memorable voyage' 
Alan, Plymouth to Vigo 2011 

'If there is heaven on earth this is it, this is it!  Exhiliarating sailing, gourmet food, great company, perfect.' 
Beth Lanzarote
2012

'We all had a super time on Velvet Lady and I'd especially like to thank you for your expertise, patience and enthusiasm. You made me feel so much more relaxed about sailing and you both inspired a confidence I hadn't felt before. Thank you so much.' Christmas 2016

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Velvet Adventure Sailing offers sailing holidays in a comfortable friendly atmosphere. With a maximum of six guests at any one time we specialise in trips for small groups and individuals. You can book a berth or charter the whole boat. We offer the opportunity to visit some destinations not on the usual yachting calendar.

Our ethos is to provide fun filled active sailing adventures in a comfortable and safe environment. Our idea of cruising is to complement a great days sailing with enough time to relax and explore the places that we visit.  The destinations we choose are often secluded bays and small fishing ports, rarely modern developed marinas. We’ll be dropping the anchor and taking the dinghy ashore.  Sample itineraries are provided for each trip,  to give you a flavour but are not rigidly adhered to!  With guests now returning for their 7th trips we know we have the mix right, and promise you a great holiday wherever we stop.  We look forward to welcoming you on board our yacht Velvet Lady

Velvet Adventure sailing operate year round.  The summer months are spent in  beautiful Scandinavia amongst islands and fjords,  in the winter months we follow the sun south to the Canary Islands.  In Spring and Autumn as Velvet Lady moves between our sailing areas we have  the opportunity to offer longer ocean passages and blue water cruising. The full programme is published on line in our Schedule, usually 9 months in advance.

All our holidays are led by round the world yachtswoman Lin Parker. With 30 years experience she is well accomplished at both introducing the new comer and coaching the more experienced.  Although we do not run RYA courses, Lin is an RYA Instructor and Examiner, and happy to include instruction as part of your holiday. With our experienced staff and small guest numbers we are able to tailor the exact itinerary around the interests of those onboard making each holiday unique.  There are plenty of opportunities to add extra miles to your log books on our longer Blue Water Adventures and Ocean Passages, even get the sextant out!

We offer a range of 7 night, 10 night and 15 night holidays.  All our trips are fully inclusive on board – however travel to and from the yacht is not included.  Further details can be found on the Whats Included page on the Velvet website.

Our itineraries are all written to allow time to explore ashore in our destinations – many of these are small harbours and anchorages only accessible by boat where the scenery and wildlife are superb.

Full details of all our trips, including itineraries, travel information, kit lists etc are available on our website.  Booking is easy, just book on line from our site, each individual trip page tells you how many berths are currently vacant.  We have no minimum number to run trips.  If we take your booking we will run your trip.  So, do not worry about being the first person to book on a trip, go ahead and book in the knowledge that we will not cancel because of low numbers.secluded_anchorage_resized.jpg

Our adventures take place aboard our yacht VELVET LADY.

She is a 55 foot sailing yacht built by Oyster of Ipswich.

Oysters are world renowned for their comfort and security.

Aboard VELVET LADY we take a maximum of six guests and have two crew members, this ensures that there will be plenty of space and that you will be well looked after.


Life Onboard

The beauty of sailing and our flexible itinerary is there is usually no need to rush. This is the time to leave the stress of detailed schedules behind you.

Breakfast is usually served between 8am and 9am on a help yourself basis. If we have decided on a long sail this could be earlier, or, if we are not in a rush to leave breakfast is extended until 10am.  After breakfast is cleared away we prepare the boat for sailing, often allowing enough time for a wander ashore.

We pride ourselves in our standards of seamanship and safety, and the first morning will be spent going through a safety briefing both down below and on deck.  Oilskins and lifejackets will be issued to you and will become yours for the duration of the trip.  Please note our policy is to wear lifejackets at all times on deck and also in the dinghy.  In hot climates you might want to bring t shirts with collars to prevent them rubbing on the back of your neck.

After departure it is time to clear away the lines and fenders and hoist the sails, take the wheel, trim the sails, plot the course or just sit back and enjoy the sunshine. Whether you are a beginner or experienced sailor we encourage you to take a full part in the sailing. Time slips by as you admire the scenery and enjoy the fresh air as we head for our next destination. Lunch is often served on the go and so is likely to be simple but delicious. We drop the anchor or moor at our new destination mid to late afternoon.

Once the boat is secure afternoon tea is served, and then it is time to go exploring. Dinner is prepared on board and served at 8 pm. The food will be good wholesome food and plenty of it, cooked with fresh local ingredients whenever possible. There is no expectation of you doing any cooking, Lin and Richard prepare all the food, but you are expected to help with the washing up.

Depending upon our destination evenings can be a quiet time to relax on board, take a stroll ashore to enjoy the peace or sample the local nightlife. You may retire to bed whenever you like.

Hot and cold drinks, and snacks are available all day on a help yourself basis.

Of course, please remember that all of our trips are weather dependent - we cannot guarantee to follow the sample itinerary and we may find ourselves stuck in port.

Please be aware that we operate a slightly different routine on ocean passages and the passage section of blue water adventures.  On these types of trip you will be participating in a watch system and it may be useful to read our special notes here

Lin and Richard

Velvet Adventure Sailing is owned and run by Lin Parker and Richard Andrew. We are both passionate about sailing and exploring new places. We met in the Arctic both enjoying the wonders of sailing in the cold weather! Our idea of cruising is to complement a great days sailing with enough time to relax and explore the places that we visit. Our ethos is to provide fun filled active sailing adventures in a comfortable and safe environment. The destinations we choose are often secluded bays and small fishing ports, rarely modern developed marinas. We’ll be dropping the anchor and taking the dinghy ashore.We look forward to welcoming you on board our yacht Velvet Lady

Lin Parker

t2138.jpgAll our adventures are organised and skippered by round the world yachtswoman Lin Parker who has 30 years   experience as a professional yacht skipper and is well accomplished at both introducing the new comer and coaching the more experienced.

Lin grew up in Zambia, and so from an early age developed her interest in exploring new places. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Microbiology she decided to take her love of sailing further and share it with others by turning it into a career.

During the past years her sailing expeditions have taken her from as far North as 80 degrees sailing in the wilderness of Spitsbergen between icebergs and looking out for polar bears to as far South as 60 degrees, deep into the Southern Ocean, renowned for its strong wind and large seas, and where it is possible to be more than 2000 miles away from the nearest land. She always has a tale to tell.

In 2000 she was the only female skipper to complete the BT Global Challenge around the world yacht race which included stopovers in Argentina and New Zealand

Lin holds RYA qualifications to Instructor and Examiner level, and although we do not run formal RYA courses she is a natural teacher and will always spend time to give a full explanation to any question.

Using her skill, passion and experience Lin will be working to ensure that you have the most memorable holiday ever.

Richard Andrew

richard_in_front_of_chart.jpgOur boat is unusual in having on board a full time First Mate and Engineer. Richard is responsible for maintaining all our systems in tip top condition and is the ideal person for this as he installed many of them himself.

Richard grew up in UK, and began sailing on his grandfather’s boat at the tender age of 5. As a small boy he loved any jobs that gave him an excuse for getting dirty. When he was 18 his grandfather let him take the boat to France on his own and thus the adventurer was born.

His sailing adventures have taken him from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and up to the Arctic Circle, but he still reckons his most memorable trip was leaving Barbados in blistering sunshine and arriving in New York in a snow storm.

Richard graduated in Electronics Engineering from Bath University and began a career designing and building communications equipment. In 2003 he enrolled at UKSA and gained the certification that allows you to work professionally on board yachts

Over the past 12 years he has sailed 130,000 nautical miles as a professional First Mate and Engineer, on adventure sailing holidays, and for those of you interested he is used to explaining how the most complicated systems work in the simplest of language.

With his passion for sailing and his understanding of boat systems he will be working with Lin to ensure that you have the most memorable holiday

Velvet Lady

Velvet Lady is a 55 foot long Oyster yacht which is renowned for it’s high quality, comfort and performance.

With a maximum number of 8 on board (6 guests and 2 crew) she is ideal for skippered charter and never crowded. The saloon is large and comfortable with seating for 8 around the main table and has an additional seating area with coffee table.

The cockpit is deep and secure for when it is windy, there is plenty of deckspace for sunbathing when it is calm. The cockpit table allows us to dine al fresco when the weather is suitable.

All of our berths are sold on an individual basis and allocated randomly.  There are 6 bunks which are upper and lower bunk beds separated into 3 cabins. 2 of these bunks are quarter berths so you need to be able to bend your knees to get in them.   There are also 3 heads with shower facilities.  If you book on your own we will ensure that you are given a bunk in a cabin with a member of the same sex.

The galley is fully equipped and secure enabling us to produce good food even whilst at sea.

Velvet Lady has a very full inventory of equipment which includes;

Electronics:
DSC/VHF radio with command microphone in cockpit, hand held VHF
Colour Chart plotter, GPS
Radar, Autopilot
SSB Radio, Weatherfax, Inmarsat C, Navtex, EPIRB, AIS

General Equipment
Electric anchor windlass,
Roller furling main and headsails,
240V Invertor, 240 V Generator, Microwave,
TV , Stereo radio and CD player,
Electric Heating, Air Conditioning, Watermaker,
Solid bottom dinghy with outboard in davits,
Sextant, Barbeque

Velvet Lady carries a full inventory of safety equipment and is coded by the MCA for commercial use

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Velvet Adventure Sailing Ltd.  A Company registered in England and Wales No 5882038
Registered Office: Hedge House, Hangersley Hill, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3JW
VAT No 896 0095 91

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