Grayhound's New 2019 Schedule
We are really excited to launch Grayhound's new schedule for 2019. Marcus and Freya both have always loved to go exploring and venturing further afield, which saw Grayhound complete a North Atlantic circuit in her first season. Next year they want to spread the wings again and go exploring south taking Grayhound and her crew to Galicia, Portugal, Madeira and the Azores. These are all places that they have sailed to before when completing Atlantic crossing in the past and they are keen to return and share their love of the islands and their culture with those onboard.
There are voyages to suit everyone with a great balance between open ocean sailing, relaxing sailing retreats with nature, and coastal hopping and Island exploration .We in the Classic Sailing office are incredibly excited for them and wish we could all come too.
They will also be continuing with doing their regular and in demand cargo runs across the Channel, picking up Ale in the Scillies to deliver to mainland Cornwall and day sails in Dartmouth.. There are plenty of opportunities to sail on this beautiful three masted lugger in 2019 and to meet her adventurous and inspiring young crew who are behind her great reputation for fantastic hospitality and amazing sailing.
Sailing Retreats in Galicia 2019 - 'Islands of the Gods'
We think Grayhound is the perfect ship to create these new summer voyages in Northern Spain as they have been doing something similar in the Scillies with families for years.....but this one is for grown ups. Escape mainstream life for a week and top up with heath and vitality. Sail and relax on a 64ft wooden sailing lugger amongst the offshore nature reserve islands and Spanish Rias of Galicia.
Ideal for those who want to escape their frenetic modern lives for a week, re connect with all their senses and re charge their energy levels. Northern Spain is not far to travel and sailing lugger Grayhound is waiting for you as your wooden home, food provider and creator of wholesome outdoor activities.
The Isles de Cies near Vigo offer pristine beaches and nature trails for what ever you want to do. The Grayhound crew have been here before and think it makes a great venue for enjoying their always healthy food on board, supplemented by Galicia's great seafood. Whether you are into yoga practice on the beach, reading, swimming and pulling on ropes, this holiday is designed to be comfortable, relaxed and peaceful.
The Romans called them 'Islands of the Gods' and the Guardian Newspaper voted Rodas Beach one of the best beaches in the World.
Outside the school holidays this is a break for grown ups who still like to play Robinson Crusoe, walking barefoot in sugary white sand, collecting shells and exploring nature trails on pine covered islands without huge numbers of tourists at this time of year.
On Ile de Cies there are a couple of secluded naturist beaches if you need an excuse to take more clothes off .....or there are 6-7 other sandy beaches for those that prefer not to. For nature lovers there are hiking trails.
Ocean Sailing between France, Portugal, and Madeira 2019
In 2019 Grayhound is doing a mini scale Atlantic Circuit with several decent sized ocean passages, each with a few days to a week spare at the end of the ocean passage to explore ashore or island hop.
The first ocean passage is an early summer sail across Biscay from Douarnenez to Vigo. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the Ile de Cies National Park and possibly a Spanish Ria or two before you eventually depart in Vigo. Grayhound spent an autumn in this corner of Northern Spain back in 2014 and were blown away by the beautiful beaches and smell of pine forests on these small islands.
The second 700 mile ocean passage is taking wine and olive oil from Porto to Madeira. This voyage is a nice mix of about 5 days blue water sailing and 3-4 days days to explore ashore in Madeira. Famous for its lush vegetation and flowers you cant trek along the Levada canals of the Eastern island and visit Funchal town and market.
Bound for the Azores ...and back 2019
The much awaited return of Grayhound to the Azores is next on the agenda. Probably skipper Marcus favourite place on the planet, as he lived out in the Azores for a while, this archipelago of nine islands is pretty special, with a pleasant summer climate and lots to see and do.
The first voyage from Madeira to Horta is already half booked. Join this short ocean passage from Madeira to the Azores Archipelago with good whale spotting opportunities. The ocean bit is 670 miles taking around 5 days and you still have about 7 days to island hop.
Grayhound is picking up a cargo of Azores tea on Sao Miguel so you are likely to spend more than one day exploring Sao Miguel. Volcanic craters filled with emerald coloured lakes, thermal pools and great hiking to enjoy on Sao Miguel. You might visit the tea plantation and their are pineapple plantations too.
Sailing west from here you head towards a group of five islands including Pico with its classic 2351 metre high volcanic cone, Faial hidding behind, Sao Jorge, Tereira and Graciosa. It is unlikely you will visit Flores or Corvo as they lie another 130 miles to the North West.
Marcus and crew will be keen to show you Faial as they know it well. Bikes can be hired and once Grayhound is in Faial you can usually visit Pico island. Whilst the volcano is semi dormant the slopes bristle with recording devices to warn of future eruptions and their are hot steaming fumeroles in places. Pico supplies the archipelago markets with peaches, apples, oranges, plums and by august is has an outragous amount of figs to harvest.
Plenty more Grayhound Adventures in 2019
Apart from this much anticipated bit of ocean sailing for Grayhound she is still managing to fit in Cornwall day sails, Regular cargo runs between the West Country- France and the Isles of Scilly. There is only one family Scillies holiday in 2019, so book early and the sail cargo voyages now involve a bit more coastal sailing as more local business want to have their beer and wine orders hand delivered by YOU.