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August Proper Holiday - Have I missed the Boat?

Lofoten Islands - Alamy Stock licence e6btkl

It is August in less than a week. If you are so busy you have not booked a holiday yet this summer….then you probably need a proper holiday, not just a weekend break.

So do we have room for you on a longer voyage with real scope for adventure? (whilst escaping the crowds in the summer vacation)

  • You have not missed the boat….but you are cutting it very fine.  
  • These are the best of the 6 days+ voyages in August and early September that still have places.
  • They are not voyages we need to discount. They all are real gems that are almost full. 

How to Clinch the Last Place

Seize the Day - Best to ring us to secure a place on 0044 (0)1872 580022

In the evening or weekends - send us an on line booking form. You can do this via our BOOK NOW blue buttons on every voyage description.  

The office is officially shut at weekends, but the team here do keep an eye on incoming booking forms so for last places we do have the ability to reserve a place on most vessels during the weekend.

We then reserve you a place, if it is still available, and send you a provisional booking confirmation. You then have a few days to check you can really do it, before you decide to commit with a voyage payment.

Please note that full amounts are due this close to sailing....but we do take credit cards!

Blue Clipper will be sailing down the Lofoten Coast
The midnight sun will be begin to set in August High Arctic. Photo Valery Vasilevsky

Norway’s Lofoten Islands – Majestic Mountains & beaches

Blue Clipper is having a cracking time in the Arctic Circle this summer and one of the highlights is to explore the unmistakable coastline of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of Majestic mountains, deep fjords and long surf-swept beaches.

On this adventure voyage you will explore the chain of islands known as Lofoten. Setting sail from Tromso gives brilliant sailing grounds and the opportunity to call in at dozens of anchorages on your way through the intricate channels down the west coast. Sail through some of the world's richest waters and anchor in picturesque fishing villages nestled at the foot of 1000m high mountains. The exact route will depend on the conditions, but expect pristine bays, vast cliff faces, remote and silent anchorages and unmissable opportunities to explore ashore. 

BC140818 Schooner Blue Clipper

14-24 Aug 2018

10 days for £ 2900 per person (2 berth cabins) – ONE MALE BERTH LEFT



Sail where the seals live in the Scillies
Sail where the seals live in the Scillies

Island Hopping in the Scillies & Bird-watching Safari Ashore

In our view this is potentially the best of Leader's Scillies voyages this summer, as it has local Scillies naturalist Will Wagstaff on board to point out the wildlife and take you ashore to get the most out of each island.  Also mid August the access ban on some un-inhabited islands like Tean is lifted, so you may get to go ashore in some unusual places. As it happens this is the last Scillies Leader voyage with places - 4 berths left.

  • Unique group of granite islands
  • Sub tropical gardens, flower fields & heather moorland
  • Good for bird watching, dolphins and seals
  • Clear waters for snorkelling
  • Dazzling white sandy beaches

Leader has a big ships windlass and a lot of chain so she can anchor in deep places,  including many spots in St Mary's Sound where the gig rowing takes place. Her overall length and impressive bowsprit means she cannot easily fit into the smaller coves, but she has a large zodiac able to take crews ashore from quite far out. With local legend and bird watcher Will Wagstaff on board you have a vast amount of local knowledge and gossip to tap.  Will is well used to boats, as a naturalist that guides in places all over the world from Falklands to Antarctica, he has plenty to say, and he may be able to help get Leader into some new anchorages.

St Helens Pool under the sweep of Round Island lighthouse has historically provided an anchorage for much bigger sailing ships than Leader and there is sometimes anchor space north of Cromwell's Castle in the fjord like passage between Tresco and Bryher; She can anchor close to Hugh Town harbour if the wind is from the South East or relatively calm; or chill out amongst the uninhabited Eastern Isles with only seals and Peregrine Falcons for company. The white glittering sands are reminiscent of the Seychelles, the turquoise waters are crystal clear, but the water temperature is refreshingly British! It is a paradise for divers so if you are into snorkelling please feel free to bring masks and wetsuits.

LD180818 - Brixham Sailing Trawler Leader

18-24th August Falmouth- Falmouth

6 nights £850 4 places



STOP PRESS - One more Scillies place left for August

If you can't make these dates, sailing ship Irene has just had a cancellation on a Scillies trip (male) and Grayhound has one berth left on a Scillies voyage which might be more suitable for a female sailor as there are already two families with children on board.

IR120818 Irene West Country Trading Ketch

12-17th August 2018

Scillies voyage from Newlyn - 5 days only - £825

one male berth now available (sharing a two person ensuite cabin with another male guest)



GR240818 - Grayhound - Three masted sailing Lugger

24-31st Aug 2018 - 7 days £980

Scillies holiday voyage (Penzance - Penzance)

Scillies voyage - aimed at families but one space left for an individual - probably a swallows and amazon type that likes messing about on boats. Proably best to ring us if you want to know if this might work for you with the groups already on this trip. 01872 580022



Irene under full sail in St Mary's Sound in the Scillies
Irene under full sail in St Mary's Sound in the Scillies

September  - Scillies

Also don't forget that Grayhound now includes the Isles of Scilly on some of her regular cargo runs.  There are still TWO places on her Douarnenez - Scillies - Plymouth voyage dropping off wine in the Scillies and transporting Scilly Ale to mainland Cornwall.

GR260918 - Sailing Lugger Grayhound

26th Sept - 3rd October 2018

Sail Cargo Voyage from Douarnenez - Scillies - Plymouth

7 nights £720 pp - TWO spaces left



High Arctic sailing in East Greenland - true wilderness
High Arctic sailing in East Greenland - true wilderness

Time Poor Types wanting to reach real wilderness

If you want to experience a polar region on a wooden sailing ship and only have a limited time, then flying out from Iceland to East Greenland, Scoresby Sound at latitude 71 degrees north gets you deep into the Arctic Circle to begin your action packed 7 days expedition. Wooden schooner Opal takes 12 guest crew and you would be number 12.

Talk to Debbie at Classic Sailing who has done this trip. Her verdict on Scoreseby Sound –

“Mountain trekking amongst granite spires as good as Patagonia, icebergs to dodge, no other humans in sight and 350 miles of fjord sailing in flat waters.”

OP010818 Schooner Opal – LAST PLACE

1-8th Aug 2018

7 nights 4600 euros (Constable Point – Constable point)

The return flight to East Greenland and back from Reykjavik is €940 but this takes you deep into the Arctic Circle. a seat will be reserved for you by our flight brokers in Iceland and you can pay them direct.  All you need to organise is getting to Iceland to join this flight (a whole lot cheaper)



DW220818 - gaff ketch Donna Wood - LAST PLACE

22-29th Aug 2018

7 nights 4600 euros (Constable Point, Greenland – Constable Point, Greenland)

A bit more time to organise than the Opal trip, but get your reservation in quick. The return flight to East Greenland and back from Reykjavik is €940 but this takes you deep into the Arctic Circle. a seat will be reserved for you by our flight brokers in Iceland and you can pay them direct.  All you need to organise is getting to Iceland to join this flight (a whole lot cheaper).



West Greenland Next Year 2019

Tall ship Tecla is in Scorseby Sound at the moment and is fully booked for  3 week long expeditions this year, but she has just released two incredible Greenland voyages for 2019 which will appeal for the more hardcore sailor who wants a bit more ocean miles with their icebergs.

NW Iceland to East Greenland coast and around Cape Farewell to West Greenland - Tecla -27th June - 18th July - 22 days €4180 euros  LEARN MORE

Adventures in West Greenland sailing from Nuuk to Disco Bay - 20-30 July 2019 -  Tecla - 11 days €2090 euros    LEARN MORE


TEASER - North West Passage - Roald Admundsen was the first to transit the passage in 1903-1906 on a gaff cutter called Goja. Be the crew on first tall ship to sail it on Tecla in modern times in 2019.

More details of this once in a lifetime opportunity in next months newsletter. Sign up for our e-newsletters below.

Tecla crew in Greenland - To boldly West Coast next year
Tecla crew in Greenland - To boldly West Coast next year



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