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Musings from Challenger We’ve had a bit more wind today and are still sailing with the Genoa and Mainsail.  Having made our way broadly South, gybing downwind away from the Canaries (for the first 4 days). Our course is now c265 degrees almost directly towards St Lucia.  As we move West we will move further Read more

ARC 2019 – Day 6 – Flaccid carrots

Musings for the day The free time onboard gives one ample time for self-exploration, perhaps the reason I am attracted to such endeavours. While pondering the reason that I am here, I thought it might be interesting to pose the following question to my fellow explorers. “In one word, please tell me why you are Read more

Reflections – Deep Sea Challenge: Biscay ’19

In the final blog for this trip crew member, Ian, give us his reflections on an epic adventure of storming seas, champagne down-wind sailing and friends forged through teamwork. Deep Sea Challenge, reflections upon the voyage   Those familiar with the Hollywood film the Wizard of Oz will know that it can be enjoyed at Read more

Interesting Lighthouses In The Solent Region And Beyond

Whether it is a welcome beacon of light after a difficult voyage or a much-loved landmark every sailor has their favourite lighthouse. They are essential to our safe passage and although few around the world are manned, they still give the impression that someone is there, looking out you. Below is a pick of lighthouses Read more

Clients Praise Instructors At First Class Sailing

  Every aspect of your RYA course with First Class Sailing, from the yachts to the all-weather clothing and food is meticulously planned. But it wouldn’t be worth anything if the instructors did match those same qualities. On a voyage the balance and make up of the crew is important, especially when you are being Read more

The Benefits of Autumn Sailing On The Solent

See the Solent in a different light   It may come as a surprise to you, but this time of year is our favourite for sailing courses and many of our instructors prefer it. So, we’ve listed a few of the reasons why we believe Autumn sailing can be much better than in the Summer: Read more

Santosa Sets Sail From Bodo To Nordskot Seeking Sperm Whale

  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