Expect some sheltered cruising of the Norwegian Fjords, followed by some potentially testing sailing to the Faroes and then a chance to have a good look around.
The dates of this 14 day trip are 23rd August - 6th September.
Join the yacht in Trondheim on 23rd August. The intention will be to head SW along the Norwegian Coast in the inner passage way exploring as we go and taking in the vast landscapes.There will come a point when the weather is right, 'ideally' when the boat reaches the north western tip of this stretch of coast to head west to the Faroes. This could be a testing passage and not necessarily for the faint hearted.
The yacht is a 55ft steel Bruce Roberts that takes 8 people. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two double ensuite cabins available.
The reward of what could be a testing passage is huge as the Danish archipelago, the Faroes Islands are a magnificent and rugged sight to behold. The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures warmer than perhaps you would expect for somewhere so far north.
The Faroe Islands have three things in plenty: vast areas of unspoilt mountainous terrain perfect for hiking; vertical sea cliffs teeming with birdlife ideal for ornithologists; and picturesque villages of wooden houses topped with turf roofs waiting to be discovered.
The Faroes rise dramatically out of the ocean with near vertical cliffs. The climate is very changeable and a beautiful clear sky, could become fog in a matter of seconds. It is a self-governing archipelago that make up part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises of 18 rocky volcanic islands. It is frequented by a great number of seabirds. National Geographic rated the Faroe Islands as the top destination in the world, ahead of the Azores, Lofoten and exotic islands such as Bermuda and Hawaii.
Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands and is right on the water. You will see hundreds of boats moored, and the large container ships, which come bearing all the supplies for the islands. The old town is just inland from the harbour and here you will find endless narrow lanes, lined with turf-roofed houses. There is are a collection of locally-owned stores and a tourist office on Niels Finsens gota, which is the ‘high street’. There are some pew-ends in the Historical Museum from the 1400s, which are beautiful medieval works of art and are greatly treasured.
Santosa was launched in 2017. She is a 55ft (16.7m) steel ketch of Bruce Roberts design with a high latitude rig and has been built with exactly these sort of waters in mind and to provide an exclusive and luxurious experience.
She has hydraulic headsails and an electric mainsheet winch. She has two helming positions, one on deck in the cockpit and one in the spacious coach house allowing you to steer the boat staying cosy and dry if it is cold and wet on deck.
Displacing 33 tonnes she is a solid boat. She is ‘coded’ to Category Zero meaning her structure, the safety equipment on board and the experience and qualifications of the skipper and mate meet the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) international standards to sail anywhere in the world.
She has heating, air conditioning, hot water, a water maker.
As you can see this is not only a fabulous sailing holiday for a couple, but also good value for money as you have the benefit of being a guest crew, on a fabulous yacht, surrounded by magnificent locations that change every hour.
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From the cockpit you come down into a spacious and sociable coach house with a raised saloon area offering panoramic views, leather seating and a dinning table. To starbaord there is an indoor helming position (lovely when chilly outside!) and a navigation area.
Aft of this area you step down into two luxury en-suite cabins, one each side of the boat. Plenty of storage is offered and a wardrobe. The en-suite has a power shower with seating, heated towel rail and electric flush heads. The cabins also have heating, aircon and black out blinds.
Forward of the coach house saloon, you go down a level to a well designed galley on the port side and a snug seating area to starboard. Beyond that is mainly crew accomodation consisting of another heads, another double cabin and two bunk beds, and a work shop right up in the forepeak.
Full training will be given but it would be useful if you have done some sailing before. We would advise against this trip particular trip if you have done no sailing before. You would be better off going for a leg up the Norwegian Coast or one of the Bodo to Bodo trips.
You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Food on board is included and made for you! Whilst our experienced skipper and mate are perfectly capable of sailing the yacht by themselves you are most welcome to take part in all aspects of keeping a watch, navigating and sailing the boat.
You should get some exciting sailing. You will see some dramatic scenery.
The trip will not be as cold as you might expect. The weather can be fickle, like it is in Scotland but crystal clear and sunny days are not uncommon.
It will be the height of summer so whilst chilly at night you may be in shorts and t-shirt during the day. Expect lots of daylight when on night watch as you approach the Norwegian coast.
There are 3 double cabins, two of which are available.
The price is £3600 which works out at £1800 per person with two sharing a cabin.
Included in the price is all food on board, mooring fees, fuel, gas.
You will need to purchase you own insurance which will cost around £35 from someone like Topsail Insurance.
To pay a deposit of £1000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4980 in the check out stage.
You should aim to join the boat as close to 4pm as possible, on the start date of your chosen leg.
On the final day you will disembark from the boat at 10am.
Trondheim is served by a number of airlines and there are plenty of daily flights.
The national airline of the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways, operates non-stop flights from Reykjavik (Iceland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Edinburgh (Scotland) from the Faroe Islands all year round, and SAS operates non-stop flights from Copenhagen all year round.
Vágar Airport is the only international airport on the Faroes and situated just outside the village of Sørvagur. A subsea tunnel between the island of Vágar Island and the main island of Streymoy provides an easy link between the airport and the capital of Tórshavn as well as a number of villages and settlements along the way. Regular public buses, shuttle and taxi services are available to and from the airport. The drive to Tórshavn takes an average of 40 minutes.
The yacht will sail down to the Isle of Skye off Scotlands West Coast and then cruise down the west coast to Oban. She will then head south down the Irish Sea to Falmouth.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK up to Norway, across to the Faroes, then down to the West Coast of Scoltand then down through the Irish Sea around Lands End and to Falmouth. During this whole voyage there are a number of different legs that all have slightly different sailing aspects to them. For example some are purely coastal cruising whilst others have a large part of offshore sailing to them as well as coastal cruising
Bergen to Trondheim – 300nm and Fjords
Trondheim to Bodo – 280nm and Fjords
Bodo to Trondheim - 280nm and Fjords
Isle of Skye to Oban – 120nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Southampton to Bergen - 700nm and Fjords - North Sea Crossing
Faroes to Isle of Skye – 300nm Atlantic Ocean Sailing and Coastal Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea.