Expect some sheltered cruising of the Shetlands, followed by a day sail across to the Orkney Islands with a few days to explore, before making your way south to Inverness.
The dates of this 8 day trip are 1 - 9 September 2020.
Join the yacht in Shetland on 1st September. The intention will be to explore the Shetlands for a few days before hopping across to the Orkney Islands for some more sheltered cruising, before making your way south along the North East coast of Scotland, past John O'Groats and Wick, to Inverness. There will be plenty of remote islands and deserted coves to explore with largely sheltered cruising mixed with a manageable day or two of offshore sailing.
The yacht is a 55ft Bruce Roberts ketch that takes 8 people. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two double en-suite cabins available to book.
The Orkney mix of dramatic cliff faces and tranquil sandy beaches. The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures warmer than perhaps you would expect for somewhere so far north.
The archipelago is a part of Scotland famous for the Scapa Flow and it's UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Ring of Brodgar (built around 2000BC). Following the end of World War 1, 74 ships of the German Navy were scuttled here leading this site to become an recognised as one of the best wreck diving locations in the world. 1,000 years ago, vikings anchored their longships here. The history is vast as the shelter provided by the surrounding islands forms one of the best natural harbours in the world.
Here wildlife is thriving. There's an abundance of birdlife including puffins and white tailed eagles. Marine mammals include orcas, seals and porpoises. All of this leads to great bird watching, hiking and photography opportunities.
The climate is very changeable and a beautiful clear sky, could become fog in a matter of seconds. At this time of year the light stays late into the evening.
Have a look at the following website to get a good idea of the dramatic and quite breath taking scenery: https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/orkney/11-breathtaking-photos-of-orkney/
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 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. 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.
There are 3 double cabins, two of which are available.
The price is £2,200 which works out at £1,100 per person with two sharing a cabin.
Included in the price is all food on board (except 2 or 3 meals), mooring fees, fuel, gas.
You will need to purchase your own insurance which will cost around £35 from someone like Topsail Insurance.
To pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4117.
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 yacht will be in Lerwick in the Shetlands. Flights to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland and out of Kirkwall in Orkney frequently run through one of the Scottish airport hubs of Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow. So, unless you live close by one of these cities then it usually take 2 flights to get there. Total flight times range from 4-6 hours from London. From the Airport it is about 20 minutes by bus/taxi to Lerwick.
The yacht will sail through the Caledonian Canal to the Isle of Skye off Scotland's West Coast, followed by a cruise down to Oban. She will then head south down the Irish Sea to Falmouth.
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