Sailing News

All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

  The luxury yacht Santosa continues her adventures around Norway’s arctic landscape, giving couples a perfect sailing holiday while receiving all the benefits of being guest crew. 10th June 2019 – Chart Table seat, Nordskot. Arrived by plane in Bodo yesterday. After a quick lunch on board we cast off into a light northerly, that Read more

Santosa’s Guest Crew Blogs From One Of The Most Beautiful Places In The World

The second leg of Santosa’s Nordic voyage began on 15 May 2019 in bright sunshine and a light north-easterly wind, leaving the bustle of Bergen’s historic Bryggen waterfront and preparations for Norway’s national Constitution Day behind us. The evening before Tom and Julie’s 25th wedding anniversary had been celebrated in style, with cake and champagne Read more

Navigation Skills and Their Power

Shelley Jory-Leigh & Sir Robin Knox-Johnston   The art of navigation has been given a massive boost in 2019 thanks to 73-year-old French sailor Jean-Luc van den Heede who completed the Golden Globe Race 2018. In 211 days and 23 hours he sailed single-handedly around the world by using just a sextant, a chronometer and Read more

Radar: A Clearer Picture for Your Yachtmaster Exam

This year the RYA has made radar knowledge a key component of all Yachtmaster exams. To find out why they have done this and how you need to prepare for your exam read on below. Why do we still use radar? Radar may seem a bit outdated as a technology with modern GPS navigation systems Read more

A Sailing Course For Beginners

  So, you’ve decided you want to learn to sail. Maybe it’s because you love the idea of getting around using nothing but wind power. Or, you know someone who’s just completed their ‘Day Skipper’ and they seem like a whole new person. Or, maybe someone dragged you along for a day sail on the Read more

Naming Ceremony for Our Two New Beneteau 381

  Our big news is that in February 2019 we replaced our Jeanneau 379s Batida and Manhattan with two brand new Beneteau 381s. We have continued with the cocktail theme and named them Palomar and Sazerac. These new yachts are fractionally bigger in length than the Jeanneau 379’s. However they carry their chine almost all Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 17 & 18: Sights, Sounds and Storms

  Antigua To Portsmouth Day 17 & 18: Sights, Sounds and Storms     In today’s blog, the crew take us through the sights and sounds of Challenger 4, and the first real test of heavy weather arrives.   Blog 27th Jan     Sights   Blackness Despite the heading of this section, at 0100, Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 14: Once More Unto The Breach

And they’re off!… again Note from Skipper Sue   After a very pleasant interlude in Horta it is time to get this motley crew out of here. Lines slipped at 1245 UT, heading for Falmouth. ETA 7 days time. It looks like we will have 20 – 25kts from the south for the first couple Read more

From A Day Out To Day Skipper. What Pushes The Sailor In You?

Taking the helm   As a school, First Class Sailing can cater for the wide variety of skills aspiring sailors require. There are some who like to be a member of the crew, not quite a passenger but willing to share group responsibility. Others want to improve, learn more and eventually take the helm as Read more

Who You Gonna Call?… Coast Busters!

This blog was written by one of our instructors for Sailing Today and published in their magazine. Sailing Today have kindly let us post it here. Instructor Clive takes us through a recent Coastal Skipper Course to Dartmouth, and explains what to expect on your course and how an instructor helps the students achieve a successful Read more