A good mile building trip from Scotland down the Irish Sea and into Falmouth in Cornwall
The dates of this trip are 3 - 10 October in 2020.
Join the Yacht in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland and sail south through the Scottish Iles, down the Irish Sea, around Lands End and in to Falmouth. A good mile building trip with two or three stop overs depending on the weather.
The yacht is a 55ft Bruce Roberts ketch. There are only two luxury double ensuite cabins available. Be 1 of 4 guest-crew.
Oban on the West Coast of Scotland is a principal town and port on the West Coast and is surrounding by islands and Scottish hills. Food, particualrly seafood is renown and after joining the yacht and settling in your will cast off bound for Falmouth. There are a number of options to stop along the way.
You will get some good miles in before arriving in Falmouth. Falmouth is nestled into the Cornish country side of rolling hills and sea views. There is lots of maritime history here, along with a vibrant coastal town nightlife and good pubs and eateries.
You will likely cast off from Oban and overnight at an anchorage before heading south down the Isle of Jura round the Mull of Kintyre and on down into the Irish Sea. Strangford Loch in Northern Island could be an option or you may press on. Other potential stop overs are Fishguard, Milford Haven or perhaps St Ives. Once at Lands End you will round the corner, pass The Lizard and head into picturesque Falmouth.
This trip is more about building miles and you should have done some sailing before.
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.
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 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, bar 2 or 3 meals ashore, giving you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine! 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 in set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.
The trip will not be as cold as you might expect. The weather in Scotland can be fickle but crystal clear and sunny days are not uncommon.
It may be chilly at night but you could well be in shorts and t-shirt during the day.
Two luxury double ensuite guest cabins are available.
Comes as a couple, by yourself or with a friend.
The price is £2200 per cabin which works out at £1100 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 SANTOSA4120.
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.
Getting to Oban is striaght forward. Fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh and then it is around 3 hours by car, coach or train. If you come by train the journey takes you along the world-famous West Highland Line.
Falmouth is on a main line train station.
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 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