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In the news First Class Sailing is thrilled to announce an exciting and enriching opportunity for young adventurers to embark on a residential at sea as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Set aboard the iconic 1908 classic yacht, Golden Vanity, this programme promises a perfect blend of adventure, teamwork, and… Read more
During our trips, whether it’s a sailing holiday or an RYA course, we understand the importance of serving homestyle cooking at sea, hearty and delicious meals that cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring everyone on board is well-fed and satisfied. Catering to Every Palate One of the key elements is… Read more
Sailing to Norway – Day 1 Kindred Spirits Sailing to Norway – So the day we have all been looking forward to has finally arrived. We each arrive bright eyed on the quay to meet our fellow sailors and the professional crew. Warm greetings and cups of tea later we are thoroughly briefed, attired and… Read more
For hundreds of years before the advent of GPS sailors navigated the ocean using only a sextant and heavenly bodies. From Polynesians to Phoenicians. Viking raiders of the 5th Century to pillaging Pirates of the 18th. All used forms of Celestial Navigation. Recently we’ve discovered Vikings even manage to reach the shores of North American… Read more
Every 2 years one of sailing’s most infamous and classic events takes place – The Rolex Fastnet Race. It attracts the best racing sailors and is considered one of the toughest offshore races held around UK waters. This prestigious race has always been extremely demanding but in 2021 the finish line has been moved… Read more
Clive Loughlin invites you to look over his shoulder as he plans a 7-day cruise to the Channel Islands.
The final blog from Challenger 2 finds the crew in a reflective and poetic mood. Carey and James G describe the trials and tribulations of such a sea-going voyage, and why it was all worth it Today we wanted to write about those aspects of ocean sailing that are perhaps not as readily evident… Read more
A scandal has ensued aboard the Challenger and 2 rival watches are forced to argue their cases as Skipper Sue holds court. Find out who wins and what constitutes as currency on board these days 30/01/2020 Toffee crisp-gate So today was an eventful day for several reasons. Firstly it felt like the day… Read more
In today’s blog, a crew member describes what if feels like to be air-gapped from the internet for a month and the challenges of working on the fo’csle. But what exactly is the fo’csle? 29-JAN and all is well. Today was a sunny day, something we might otherwise take for granted; but we… Read more
In today’s blog the crew battle with light winds and Matt explains how crucial food is to daily life aboard, before “Wilson”, the stowaway, makes an appearance. Monday blog 27/1/20 Last night we had bioluminescence, strong bioluminescence and dolphins. The electric blue silhouetted their trajectories through the seas as they overtook Challenger 2 and then… Read more