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Explore the Windward Islands on a traditional three masted schooner.

Explore the Windward Islands on a traditional three masted schooner whilst learning the ropes and receiving a warm welcome from the crew who will look after you with great hospitality and guidance. 

Embark
Tue, 28-01-2020 - 14:00
St George's, Grenada
Disembark
Sat, 08-02-2020 - 10:00
St George's, Grenada
Duration
11 Days
Vessel
Blue Clipper
Voyage No.
BC280120

Berths and voyage availability

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Blue Clipper - Grenada - Explore the Caribbean Islands

Adventure Afloat - Explore Ashore

Experience life under sail and explore the many islands that make up the island group of St Vincent and the Grenadines and potentially farther north to St Lucia Martinique or Dominica. 

Blue Clipper will be your floating home for the duration calling into spectacular remote anchorages and bays where you can swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board from the ship. Between these spectacular islands the sailing grounds are ideal for cruising and combining day sailing with longer passages to experience some night sailing under the beautiful Caribbean starry night sky. 

However far you travel, there will also be opportunity to experience the cultures of the many different islands and journey ashore, soaking up the atmosphere and beauty of the most quintessentially Caribbean island chain. At the same time, you will be learning from the expert crew and helping sail the ship to your next exotic destination. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore St Vincent and the Grenadines Island Chain
  • Secluded Bays and Remote Anchorages
  • White Sand Beaches and Caribbean Islands
  • Excellent Sailing between the Islands
  • Opportunity for some night sailing. 
  • Soaking up the local culture 
  • The very best way to explore these islands. 
Blue ClIpper in the sunset

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

The voyage begins in St George's, Grenada often referred to as the sun-soaked "Spice Isle", this laid back tropical Island has a number of soft sand beaches. Inland, mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, chocolate and rum factories are definitely worth exploring It is worth spending a day or two before or after your voyage to explore the charm of the old building, interesting shops, cafes and busy streets. 

Blue Clipper
Blue Clipper

St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines islands are arguably the prettiest chain in the Caribbean islands, they include the main island of St Vincent and a chain of smaller islands which are often only accessible by sea. This means you will be experiencing proper Caribbean culture away from the main tourist drags and often find yourselves in remote and secluded bays and anchorages. 

Blue Clipper

Possible Island Stops

Some of the likely islands that you might stop at include the beautiful but small island of Bequia with its sense of real Caribbean vibrancy, colour, music and culture. Grenada and the Underwater Sculpture Park. Carriacou with its coral reefs and clear shallow waters. Canouan is among some of the smaller islands which are less known, but all beautiful. If the winds are favourable, you may journey farther north to St Lucia and Martinique. 

Where you go and which islands you will stop at, how far you will sail, if you will do any night sailing will all be decided through a group discussion at the beginning of the voyage. The skippers decision will be final however and obviously the wind conditions will be play a key part in any plans. 

Blue Clipper carries kayaks, snorkels, yoga mats, stand up paddle boards and ship's tenders making it very easy to swim from the ship and use the ship's toys ashore. 

Under Water Sculpture gardens
Under Water Sculpture gardens

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

St George's, Grenada

Latest port updates

The exact location in St George's, Grenada will not be known until closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship's phone number from your booking confirmation - or use the ship's tracker to help locate the ship.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Grenada is accessible from major international cities including Miami, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, and the Caribbean. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport.

  • JetBlue Airways operates a daily non-stop service from JFK, New York.
  • American Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from Miami.
  • Delta Air Lines operates a weekly non-stop service from Atlanta
  • Caribbean Airlines: Toronto connecting through Trinidad
  • British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer twice-weekly direct flights from London, Gatwick Airport.
  • Air Canada Vacations operates a twice-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Grenada.
  • Condor operates a non-stop weekly flight from Frankfurt Germany to Grenada in the Winter season.

TAXI TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO ST GEORGE’S

You can take a taxi from the airport to St George’s for around 10 USD.

Grenada Airport Taxi Association 473 415 -8977

Progressive Airport Taxi Union  473 407-0109

Both located outside exit of Arrivals area

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Take a look at the common wanderer's article on how you can get involved in Carbon offsetting schemes. 

 

Link here. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

St George's, Grenada

Latest port updates

The exact location in St George's, Grenada will not be known until closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship's phone number from your booking confirmation - or use the ship's tracker to help locate the ship.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Grenada is accessible from major international cities including Miami, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, and the Caribbean. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport.

  • JetBlue Airways operates a daily non-stop service from JFK, New York.
  • American Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from Miami.
  • Delta Air Lines operates a weekly non-stop service from Atlanta
  • Caribbean Airlines: Toronto connecting through Trinidad
  • British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer twice-weekly direct flights from London, Gatwick Airport.
  • Air Canada Vacations operates a twice-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Grenada.
  • Condor operates a non-stop weekly flight from Frankfurt Germany to Grenada in the Winter season.

TAXI TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO ST GEORGE’S

You can take a taxi from the airport to St George’s for around 10 USD.

Grenada Airport Taxi Association 473 415 -8977

Progressive Airport Taxi Union  473 407-0109

Both located outside exit of Arrivals area

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Take a look at the common wanderer's article on how you can get involved in Carbon offsetting schemes. 

 

Link here. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Blue Clipper

Sail as guest crew on the three masted schooner Blue Clipper. Due to her previous life as a private super yacht she has an inherent elegance, space and luxury accommodation to offer all that sail aboard her.

Blue Clipper perfectly balances intrepid adult sail training voyages with superb hospitality, comfortable shared areas and spacious twin en-suite cabins. Most importantly, the crew's energy and commitment to sharing a passion for tall ship sailing comes across effortlessly and their enthusiasm is infectious. 

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 44m
  • Length on deck: 32m

 

  • Year built: 1991
  • Vessel type/rig:Gaff Schooner 

 

  • Guest berths:18
  • Crew berths: 8-10

 

Our Expert View: What Blue Clipper Does Best

Classic Yacht with Hands On Sailing

Tall Ship Blue Clipper is a spacious and luxuriously furnished gaff rigged schooner. In the construction of the hull modern elements are mixed with traditional elements, such as a clipper bow, an elegant yacht stern and a long ballast keel. The teak deck gives an opulent feel to the ship but with the security of a tough steel deck underneath. 

Blue Clipper.
Blue Clipper by Becky Prizeman

Blue Water Passages & Winter Sun

Are you a restless soul who wants a tan but prefers to earn it travelling, or doing something adventurous? If you love ocean sailing, salt spray in your hair and tropical sun, but at the end of the day an air conditioned cabin with shower en-suite, then Blue Clipper could be the ship for you. At 105 feet long she is big to stroll the wooden decks at sunset....and she is going to all the right places for a spectacular sun-downer: The Algarve, Canaries, Cape Verde, Caribbean, Azores and two big trans Atlantic crossings.She also carries four sit on top kayaks and two inflatable stand up paddle boards onboard, perfect for getting ashore or exploring with your snorkel!

Blue Clipper in the Caribbean by Becky Prizeman
Blue Clipper in the Caribbean by Becky Prizeman

Sailing Style

Step on board TS Blue Clipper for active sailing with an edge of luxury. Classic Sailing only work with dynamic sailing ships that offer 'hands on sailing.' It is part of our ethos and Blue Clipper's that everyone on board is encouraged to help sail the ship.

If you have never sailed before, the patient and attentive crew will enjoy showing you the ropes and encourage you to get involved in handling sails, taking the helm, helping with navigation and climbing the rigging if you wish. For more experienced sailors, there is always plenty to learn as the ship is constantly being maintained to a very high standard and the enthusiastic and professional crew are eager to share their knowledge with you as guest voyage crew. 

Sextant practice on Blue Clipper. Astro navigation on a schooner mid ocean

Life on Board

Blue Clipper's permanent crew is usually a combination of paid professionals, experienced volunteers and one trainee for those under the age of 25 years. The crew are all dedicated members and their energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Although Blue Clipper prides herself on hospitality and comfort, the main focus on all voyages is adult sail training where the crew will train you from the moment you step onboard in both emergency procedures, sail handling, helming, navigating, wildlife and anything else you would like to learn. 

Blue Clipper has no square sails (yet!), but she still has plenty of canvas to play with, including on the three masts, schooner, main and mizzen with topsails for each of those. There is also the option to have three head sails including the stay sails. With plenty of different sail sizes, there is a rig configuration for all conditions and there is always a reason to climb any of the masts or climb out on the bowsprit to help with dropping sails, or simply to gain a different perspective on the ship as she cuts through the water. 

For sailing on Blue Clipper, you will be required to climb, unaided a steep set of steps of over 2m to access the accommodation areas.

Blue Clipper
Blue Clipper handling sails on deck and up the rig.

WATCHES

On longer ocean passages, or trips that involve sailing through the night the ship will operate a watch system to keep the ship sailing 24 hours a day. There is Red, White and Blue watch. Watches are usually four hours long followed by 8 hours off. The afternoon watch is split in two to enable a complete rotation of watches every three days. 

Although not compulsory, you will get more out of the experience if you fully immerse yourself in the routine of being at sea. 

0000 – 0400 Red Watch
0400 – 0800 White Watch
0800 – 1200 Blue Watch
1200 – 1600 Red Watch
1600 – 1800 White Watch
1800 – 2000 Blue Watch
2000 – 0000 Red Watch

When on watch, it is the responsibility of the watch leader and their team to handle the safe navigation of the ship, adjust sails and keep a lookout for any hazards. You have a chance to learn all aspects of traditional sailing from our wonderful deck crew; having a chance to steer the ship, complete the log book entries, plot our course on the chart, climb the rigging, and experience amazing starry skies during a night watch at sea!

Laundry

We are able to do laundry on longer passages, depending on the sea conditions. If you would like to do laundry on board please speak to the hospitality manager or stewardess on board. The fee for laundry service is £5. Please note that the ship cannot accept liability for damage to clothing caused by this service.

Accommodation & Layout

Tall Ship Blue Clipper has extensive accommodation below decks and can accommodate up to 18 guest trainees on board, with 6 twin en-suite cabins, a four berth cabin with a huge shared bathroom there are also 4 bunks in the forepeak cabin, but these bunks are smaller and as you are right in the bow - are the least comfortable. There is also a well-equipped galley and plenty of places to sit and relax on deck. At capacity, she can sleep 28 people including professional crew. There will usually be between 8 and 10 permanent crew onboard with you, they are all highly experienced in their relevant fields. 

There is a large comfortable saloon area with a bar area to make tea and coffee. The saloon is on deck level with windows to both sides so you can enjoy the view without going outside on those wet days! Meals are served in the saloon and the onboard chef prepares 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and a two course evening meal. Drinks are available throughout the day, with alcoholic beverages available with evenings meals on a TAB system, this can be paid for at the end of the voyage by card or cash, or bar vouchers purchased before you join the ship. 

Blue Clipper Saloon
Blue Clipper Saloon

In mid ships, there is a large area of deck between the saloon and the galley which is perfect for a spot of morning yoga, a snooze in a hammock or a great place for briefings from the Captain. The hospitality element is not to be overlooked and the food prepared by the professional cook is always to an excellent standard. 

Cabins

6 of the guest cabins are twin, ensuite cabins with plenty of storage space, two spacious bunks (bunk bed style),a writing desk, bathroom with shower and toilet, air conditioning and heating, and are decorated and finished to a high standard. Each bed has a comfortable memory foam mattress, duvet and pillow. Each bunk has it's own reading light and all cabins have a porthole for natural light. 

There is also a four person cabin with a huge ensuite bathroom to share and plenty of storage space with double aspect views to both sides of the ship. 

Each cabin has heating/air conditioning available. This is controlled for the whole ship by the chief engineer. Each cabin has an individual thermostat on the wall so you can control the temperature.

All cabins have plug sockets for charging electrical devices. These are European 2 pin sockets. We ask that you do not leave items on charge when you are not in the cabin.

Blue Clipper Accommodation
Twin Ensuite Cabins

Ship Specification

Hammock on Blue Clipper crossing the Atlantic 2017
Hammock on Blue Clipper crossing the Atlantic 2017

· Class: B

· Year built: 1991

· Rig: 3 masted Gaff rigged Schooner

· Length overall: 44m

Length on deck 32m

· Beam: 7.41m

· Draught: 4m

· Height: 31m

Sail Area: 675 m²

· Areas of operation: Worldwide

· Number of guests: Up to 18

· Number of permanent crew: 8-10

· Berth types: Twin Cabins, single bunks/One Double Cabin

 

Blue Clipper Captain Chris Rose is an experienced high latitude skipper
Captain Chris Rose with the professional crew

 Chris Rose - Captain of Blue Clipper

  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean 

  • Powerboat Instructor

  • STCW 95

  • Medical Care aboard Ship

  • Sea Survival Instructor

  • Before joining Maybe Sailing as Skipper of Blue Clipper, Chris was Skipper of Prolific, undertaking many Arctic expeditions.  An outdoor enthusiast and former teacher, Chris brings with him an abundance of knowledge and experience. 

Interests: Outdoor adventure activities, swimming, keeping fit, high latitude sailing.

Dislikes: Instant Coffee!!

Favourite Sandwich: Chip Butty!!

Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Blue Clipper

Becalmed mid ocean on Blue Clipper

 Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, two course evening dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet 

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Towels
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but there is a TAB system onboard so you can purchase drinks from the bar. 

What to Bring

In Europe, on transatlantic trips or in the Arctic warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get very cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet!

In the Caribbean or on ocean passages in the tropics, then a lighter waterproof jacket should be fine. Waterproof trousers are probably not needed if you have several pairs of shorts. You can get occasional torrential rain in the Caribbean but it is short lived and clothes dry quickly (if it is only rain water on them and not a large dollop of salt water). 

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

LAUNDRY

We are able to do laundry on longer passages, depending on the sea conditions. If you would like to do laundry on board please speak to the hospitality manager or stewardess on board. The fee for laundry service is £5 per load. Please note that the ship's operators do not accept liability for damage to clothing caused by this service.

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and gloves (or sun hat and very good sunglasses for Caribbean)
  • Wet weather clothing – waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers for Europe.  (Caribbean - a waterproof jacket for occasional tropical downpours)
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers for Europe or cotton for tropics)
  • In Caribbean you might need long sleeves and trousers against sunburn or mosquitos ashore in evening (or a good repellant).
  • Trainers or deck shoes (2 pairs handy if not bringing boots)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance
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Blue Clipper Reviews

Blue Clipper

Blue Clipper - Customer Comments

Excellent!

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Excellent

 

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

 

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

 

How was the sailing?

Just right

 

Did you have any rough weather?

Some

 

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

 

What was the best bit?

The first 2 days in F 5-6 & getting 12 knots in parts

 

What was the worst bit?

I can't think of any worst bits, it was all brilliant

 

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

It's just great fun

 

Any other comments

Looking forward to another trip sometime

By Dave 

More Adventurous than Visiting Tourist Traps

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Excellent

 

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

 

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

 

How was the sailing?

Just right

 

Did you have any rough weather?

Some

 

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

 

What was the best bit?

Seeing whales, exploring the tiny fishing towns of northern Iceland or visiting the Faroes

 

What was the worst bit?

Got a tad seasick

 

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

I enjoy doing something a bit different and more adventurous than the usual tourist traps when I'm travelling

Thanks Charlotte B for the feedback! Summer 2019

 

Guest Photo feedback from Liverpool to Ullapool trip 2019
Shiant Islands

What was the best bit?

The views generally, but views of Scottish islands in the sun and /or covered in dramatic clouds were spectacular. The Shiant islands were an amazing place to stop and get off the boat (careful not to disturb the birds though). Another highlight was dolphins swimming alongside. The crew were wonderful.

 

What was the worst bit?

Finishing the voyage and heading home. - voyage feedback from Liverpool to Ullapool 2019

Scottish Islands
Spotting an Orca!

Over the first couple of days we got to go out onto the bowsprit with a member of the crew. It was wonderful to sit there and watch the sea stretch for miles ahead, and see the whole boat behind us. The best bit came a few days later when I got to go out on the bowsprit again but this time to help bring down some sails. The seas were a little choppier this time round, but wrestling the jibs against the winds was truly exhilarating!

Best bit? Spotting an Orca on the 4am watch, off the coast of Ireland. Plenty of dolphins, and my first great skua. The last day was a fantastic sail, beautiful weather, perfect conditions, (we had an awful lot of rain) The crew were super; friendly, supportive, good fun, and professional. They obviously get on well together, which makes a huge difference. They were particularly helpful in an unobtrusive way, bearing in mind that I have one arm. I can't praise them highly enough - guest crew from Liverpool to Scotland 2019. 

Remote Islands

I sailed this time because I never had and wanted to try something new. When I was 11 I had read Swallows and Amazons and had become a little obsessed with the idea of sailing, but I couldn't sail then. So part of me wanted to give my 11 year old self a gift! I will be sailing more now that I've experienced it. In particular I enjoyed the large amounts of learning on board the vessel. I loved learning about knots, the weather, the stars, course plotting, the different lines and sails. I also like the idea of visiting remote islands, and sailing seems like a good way to do that over the next couple of years. Visiting the Pacific Islands would be particularly exciting! Ludo T 30 March 2019

Guiness - Whisky

I thoroughly enjoyed the voyage with Steve, Emma and their crew. We were well looked after, the cabins were warm, the beds comfortable, the food was great. Particularly Emma was very keen to get us involved and to increase our boating/sailing knowledge. the hospitality was phenomenal. The boat is clearly well looked after and the crew function well as a team. they went out of their way to teach us Gaelic, Scottish songs (much appreciated!) and organise day trips on land. Victoria Janes (Guinness – Whisky TS Blue Clipper)

Crew were amazing!

Just a quick note to say that myself and Marika really enjoyed our trip. The staff were amazing so please do pass on my thanks especially to Ezmay for her amazing food (although have gone up about two dress sizes in about a week!) and to the two Kats and Katie who really looked after us. The scenery was also out of this world. – Vicky Adnitt (Guinness – Whisky TS Blue Clipper)

Blue Clipper on the horizon

Thank you for providing one of the best experiences of my life. It was too short, guess I will need to do more voyages. - (J Whistler, 2018)

Best bits: Taking the helm and holding the ship to the wind as we ripped along. Working with ropes and being part of a team. (M Lewis)

 

What was the best bit?

It's hard to choose one best part as it was a wonderful trip with a lovely crew. But if pushed I would say going out on the bow sprit with the sun shining and the turquoise sea below my feet - definitely the best place be when sailing.

What was the worst bit?

Discovering for the first time in my life that I do actually suffer from seasickness. Boooo

Why do you sail?

I sail primarily to see the world in a different way, to slow down and arrive in ports they way they are intended to be seen. I like going to parts of the world not primarily to sit around, but to be active and for the journey to be as important (or more important) than the destination. And to sail tallships is always to be smug about arriving on the best vessel in the bay :)" - Jan B - Caribbean voyage

Blue Clipper in the sunset by Jan Broderick - Guest crew in the Caribbean
Blue Clipper in the sunset by Jan Broderick - Guest crew in the Caribbean
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