Explore the Faroes and Sail south to the Isle of Skye of the West Coast of Scotland on a luxury 55ft yacht.
The dates of this trip are 9 – 19 September.
Join the Yacht in Torshavn, spend a few days exploring and then cast off for a 280nm passage South to the Isle of Skye.
The yacht is a 55ft steel Bruce Roberts There are only two double ensuite cabins available. Be 1 of 4 guest-crew.
You will join the yachtg in Torshavn, the capital of the Danish owned Faroe Islands, on Streymoy. There are 18 islands that make up the Faroes. It is a wind swept place that lies exposed to the full fury of the North Atlantic Ocean. Rising 882m, almost vertically, the cliffs of Slaettaratindur are the highest in Europe. It is a wild location and life for those that live there has been and still is tough.
The islands are truly spectacular. There is plenty of hiking with high trails and with mountain summits to conquer. If you love hiking, swirling mists, an air of Viking, teeming seabirds then the Faroes are for you.
Fishing and whaling were a major part of life here and there is evidence of it everywhere. Viking Village remains can be scene along with more ‘modern’ turf roof houses.
The Route south is 280nm across the North Atlantic and should only take 2 or 3 days allowing time to explore at the start of the holiday and at the end when you arrive on the Isle of Skye.
Once at the Isle of Skye there will be more opportunities for hiking and exploring. The beauty of being on a boat is the unique opportunities it provides to access otherwise very out of the way places.
The West Coast of Skye is engraved with a number of beautiful and dramatic lochs. The scenery is breath taking and there are plenty of wild life spotting opportunities.
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 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 is you have done no sailing before. You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit. You will be expected to help with all the cooking and cleaning throughout the trip and take part in all aspects of keeping a watch 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 SANTOSA4981 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.
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 West Coast of Scotland to Oban then down the Irish Sea to Falmouth.