Sailing News

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

  Hydrophones are underwater microphones used to listen and record sounds generated beneath the sea, such as orca calls. Santosa is equipped with one and managed to use it in an extraordinary close encounter with a pod of orcas as our skipper describes below:     Chance Encounter Having a late refuel and taking in Read more

A Fresh Fish Supper On A Nordic Adventure

When there is so much to explore around Norway it’s very hard to stay still for long and, as you will read in this blog by Sue the cook on Santosa, even when you’ve discovered somewhere interesting, soon enough you’ll be moving on… Meeting the New Guest Crew at Kjerringøy Kjerringøy is a small settlement Read more

Norway Day 10 – 12: Connection Lost & Found

The crew of Challenger 4 have survived their first Gale and make landfall in Den Helder, Netherlands, before moving on towards home. Steve ponders the conundrum of having no connection to the outside world, yet feeling more connected to the important things in life.       Day 10: Perfect Storm   Gale is coming….. Read more

Santosa Records Sounds of A Whale in Nordic Waters

  Adventures is what the luxury yacht Santosa promises to their Guest Crews. Whether it is epic scenery, on land exploring, buckets of fresh Nordic air or great sailing and sometimes an encounter with Mother Nature’s finest – a whale. To make the experience even more memorable there is a hydrophone on board and now Read more

Norway Days 8 & 9: The Quiet Before the Gale

The crew of Challenger 4 enjoy (perhaps a little too much) their last stop in Norway, before heading back out to sea to return home. There wasn’t much wind on the way up and they’ve been hoping for some wind on the way back – be careful what you wish for at sea… Day 8: Read more

Norway Day 3: Flat Earthers

  Our Norway sailing adventurers are currently less than 20 hours from making landfall in Stavanger with an ETA of 0930 (BST). They’ve been at sea for a few days now and, without the relentless distractions of technology, are starting to take in their surroundings and ponder deeply upon them – as you’ll see below Read more

Our Norway Sailing Adventure 2019 begins

Our 2 week Norway adventure for 2019 has begun. Skipper Jim and Mate Tony are guiding the crew aboard Challenger 4, on their way to Stavanger, Norway. Once there they’ll cruise the fjords for a few days before heading homeward again. They’ll have to sail through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, Read more

Lovely Long Nordic Days On The Luxury Yacht Santosa

You have three Nordic sailing days rolled into one blog here, although with the sun shining brightly at midnight it is very much one very long day for the guest cre won the luxury yacht Santosa. Day 6 Fiskevaeret Skipnes Stayed put today. Walked a 4 hour round trip to see the museum house of Read more

Arctic Sailing On Luxury Yacht Santosa With Mother Nature Putting On A Show

  The Santosa Nordic sailing experience came into its own this week with the Guest Crew sighting a whale and reports of some excellent sailing against a beautiful backdrop with Mother Nature playing her part every minute of the day.  Day 5 Andoya to Fiskevaeret Skipnes Had a cracking down wind sail today down the Read more

There She Blows! Santosa’s Crew Experience A Whale

Even experienced sailors can be blown away by the majesty of a whale, and with the added bonus of hearing the sounds it makes piped through the yacht, this sighting was one that will stay with the crew the rest of their lives. Day 4 – What A Day. The gracefulness and ease with which the huge Read more