A good mile building trip up the Irish Sea and along the West Coast of Scotland before heading through the Caledonian Canal to Inverness.
The dates of this trip are 23rd April to 2nd May.
Joining the yacht in Falmouth the plan will be to sail around Lands End and then up the Irish Sea with a possible stop over in Dublin, around the Mull of Kintyre sail along the West Coast of Scotland to Fort William with possible stops on Islay, Jura and Mull. You will then spend 3 days transiting the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, passing through Loch Lochy and Loch Ness, taking in the rugged natural beauty of the highlands as you go.
This trip mixes mile building with some lovely sight seeing of the Scottish Highlands
You do need to have done some sailing before to undertake this trip. There will be a fair bit of night sailing and you will be expected to help in the watch system
The yacht is a 55ft Bruce Roberts ketch. There are only two luxury double ensuite cabins available.
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, Quooker instant boiling-water tap for hot drinks.
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 dining table. To starboard 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 with TV/DVD 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 you need to have done some sailing before. We would advise against this particular trip if you have no sailing experience.
You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Meals on board are included and made for you, apart from 2 or 3 evenings where you will have the opportunity to eat ashore and sample the local cuisine! We do not provide alcohol on board but you are very welcome to bring your own. Whilst our experienced skipper and mate are quite capable of sailing the yacht by themselves it would work best if you are keen to take part in all aspects of keeping a watch, navigating and sailing the boat.
You should get some exciting sailing in set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.
Two luxury double ensuite cabins are available.
Come by yourself, as a couple or with a friend.
The price is £2900 per cabin which works out at £1450 per person if you come as a couple. A cabin could also be suitable for two good friends who don’t mind sharing as the bed can be split in two with a lee cloth.
Included in the price is all food on board (except 2 or 3 meals), 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 SANTOSA4172 in the check out stage.
You should aim to join the yacht as close to 2pm as possible on 23rd April.
On the final day you will disembark from the yacht at 10am.
Getting to Falmouth is straight forward and has a main line train station. The nearest Airport is Newquay which is 20 miles away.
At Inverness there is an airport and train station. There are also airports Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK, west along the South Coast, up the Irish Sea to Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal, over to Stavanger in Norway, then up the Norwegian Coast to the Lofotens and onto Tromso before heading to Spitsbergen in Svalbard. From there she will come back down as far as Trondheim before heading back across the North Sea to the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, through the Caledonian Canal to the west Coast of Scotland, then back down 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
Shetland to Inverness - 200nm. Via the Orkneys
Inverness to Isle of Skye -150nm. Through the Caledonian Canal
Isle of Skye to Oban – 70nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Bodo to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Bodo to Tromso - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Tromso to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Falmouth to Scotland - Up the Irish Sea and through the Caledonian Canal
Inverness to Bergen - Cross the North Sea and cruise the Fjords
Tromso to Svalbard, Spitsbergen - 580nm. Wild and remote
Svalbard, Spitsbergen to Tromso - 580nm. Wild and remote
Trondheim to Shetland - 350nm. Cross the North Sea
Shetland to Inverness - Via the Orkney Islands
Inverness to Skye - Through the Caledonian Canal
Skye to Oban - West Coast of Scotland Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea