Sailing News

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

  Time to leave the arctic waters for the luxury yacht Santosa with a north sea crossing to Shetland next on the agenda. In this blog, you’ll see how important it is to get the weather and your timings just right. Goodbye To Alesund and The Geirangerfjord Wednesday 28th August was the date we scheduled Read more

Santosa: On An Island Called Ona There Is A Lighthouse…

The luxury yacht Santosa has spent the summer months dipping in and out of the Arctic circle, sailing around the Lofoten islands, and forming a somewhat exclusive arctic swim club. During the latter stages of the summer they will return to Southampton via the northern isles, Scotland and the English west coast. However, this blog Read more

Skipper’s Eye View Of The Rolex Fastnet Race

The FCS crew on Challenger 2 have won the Fastnet! Well, we exaggerate a little, we had two, 16-strong crews in the Fastnet race, both sailing the steel Challenger yachts, and having their own private duel amongst the 100’s of other competitors. Sue Geary was the Skipper of Challenger 2 and Gary Rutherford was on Read more

Can You Hear Us Calling On The Hydrophone? (video)

  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

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

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 Days 4-6: Final Approach to Norway and the Fjords Discovery

After a day of rest the crew of Challenger 4 set off on a fjords discovery tour for a few days. But first, Flo considers how far they have come as they approach Stavanger in Norway.       Day 4: Headed for the Fjords Since our first blog entry the ease and familiarity of interactions 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