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Highlands and Islands Journey exploring from Skye in the North, Through the Small Isles to Mull, Iona, Staffa, Islay.

Eda Frandsen is beginning her journey South to Cornwall with a cracking 6 day voyage from Mallaig to Oban. A chance to journey through some of the best Scottish Highlands and islands scenery from Mountains of Skye in the North, through to the basalt columns and caves on Staffa or the abbey ruins on Iona.

Sat, 24-08-2019 - 15:00
Fri, 30-08-2019 - 09:30
6 Nights
Eda Frandsen
Voyage No.

Berths and voyage availability


Eda Frandsen - Six Day Outer Hebrides Trip from Mallaig


Are you looking to sail amongst stunning scenery and discover the Small Isles, Skye and the Outer Hebrides on a beautiful traditional gaff cutter? No experience is required for these voyages as the expert crew will be there to guide you every step of the way. Smaller and maneuverable, Eda can navigate into the smallest lochs and islets that larger boats can’t reach yet she is incredibly seaworthy and sizeable enough to ensure an enjoyable smooth voyage around longer stretches of waters.


  • Expedition style voyage with hands on sailing
  • Dramatic Coastlines and Remote Islands
  • Endless Sandy Beaches and Secluded Lochs
  • Wildlife Galore!
  • Exceptional Fresh Food
  • Expert Crew and Skipper with Local Knowledge
Relaxing at anchor before supper on Eda Frandsen
Relaxing at anchor before supper on Eda Frandsen


Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. The Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg can be seen across the water, Skye is a few miles to the west, the remote Knoydart peninsula is on our doorstep and the beautiful Outer Hebrides are only a few hours sail away. 

Eda Frandsen has been exploring the delights of the west coast of Scotland for 15 years so knows these waters well. James and crew will greet you with a warm welcome as you step aboard. Before we set sail, you’ll receive a full safety brief and a refreshing cup of tea. 

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 below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Quality control from Chloe the cook


The Small Isles – a Haven of Peace and Relaxation

Rum is the largest of this group and is a national nature reserve, famous for birdlife. From our anchorage we often see deer, seabirds and Golden Eagles as well as the famous Kinloch Castle. Canna has many sites of archaeological interest as well as being a bird sanctuary since 1938. Between the isles we regularly see dolphins, sun fish and basking sharks.

Over the sea to Skye

Eda can head around the west coast to experience spectacular rugged landscapes, view the striking Cullin Ridge, anchor in beautiful Loch Scavaig or perhaps make a stop at the famous Talisker Distillery. Head east up the Sound of Sleat past Doune, a small dwelling where Eda was restored. This beautiful island is full of inlets, bays, tiny villages and mountains that literally meet the sea. A place where time means nothing and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.

puffin time of year - midsummer in scotland
Photo by Melissa Williams

Explore the Outer Hebrides

Thirty miles off the North West coast of Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, an idyllic chain of over 40 islands that offers spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history. The Atlantic facing coast is home to some of the finest white sandy beaches while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.

Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its stunning beaches and rich birdlife. One of our favourite locations in Loch Eport provides a striking backdrop for the evening sunset. South Uist offers impressive lochs, dispersed crofts and endless beaches.

Lewis has a captivating history and rich in culture and traditions, with many small lochs and moorlands. The Shiant Islands are rich in birdlife, with thousands arriving in summer to breed. Barra and Vatesay lie on the southern tip and are famous for beautiful beaches. A special place to visit by boat, it has become a favourite of many sailors. The impressive anchorage between Helisay and Gighay is a great location to arrive on Eda. The secluded entrance opens up to reveal fantastic mountain vistas.

Scotland - Canna

Wild Playground - Eagles, Whales and Otters

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream mean that we regularly see dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks in the waters around the Western Isles. The area is rich in seabirds including gannets, shearwaters, puffins, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, sea eagles, gulls and terns. On land keep an eye for soaring Gold and white tailed eagles around the cliffs, deer and otters.

Become involved in all aspects of running the boat, hoist the sails, steer, or perhaps you have always wanted to learn navigation? After a great day sailing, why not explore ashore or relax with a good book or glass of wine as the sun sets, the choice is up to you. Freshly cooked meals using local produce are provided. Perhaps we will catch the freshest crab or lobster from our own pots, just minutes from pot to plate.


While the weather is not always sweating sunshine, the Hebrides are some of the more stunning cruising ground in the UK. The beauty of these sailing grounds is there are always protected waters to sail in no matter the wind strength. Pack for every eventuality and a good pair of boots and woolley hat are a must!


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.

Eda Frandsen sailing downwind


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.


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.


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


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance



Mallaig, Scotland

Latest port updates

For voyages joining Eda Frandsen head to the small marina about 200m along from the railway station. Eda Frandsen will more than likely be berthed on the end of the first hammer head pontoon. You can't miss her distinctive green hull and wooden mast! There is a code on the gate which you will need to ring the skipper for once you are there.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond and its steam ships and all the way to just beyond Fort William. Past Fort William turn left on the A830 to Mallaig.

There is free parking just before you enter Mallaig on the left hand side. In frequent use by sailors, people leave their cars there for a week at a time.  

Rail & transfers

The train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig is one of the most scenic journeys known and also made famous in recent years by the Harry Potter films. Fantastic views across Glencoe, observe Ben Nevis, see across to Skye and the small isles as well as marvel at the highlands mountains and valleys from your window. All of this before you even arrive!

ScotRail has direct trains for Mallaig that leave from Glasgow Central Station or via Inverness leaving Buchanan Street Station, Glasgow or from Waverley Station in Edinburgh.

Air & transfers

The nearest airports are Glasgow and Inverness, from there you could catch the train or bus to Mallaig. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Seaview Guesthouse

Main Street, Mallaig, Inverness Shire, PH41 4QS

Tel: +44 (0) 1687 462 059


Moorings B&B Guesthouse ‎

East Bay

Mallaig, Inverness-Shire PH41 4QS

01687 462225 Contact Martin


West Highland Hotel 

Davies Brae,

Mallaig PH41 4QZ

01687 462210 

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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

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’

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 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.

Oban, Scotland

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Getting to Oban

By Train
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.

By Road:

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond. When you get to Tyndrum turn to port (left) onto the A85 for Oban. Find the North Quay and then further into Town and near Tesco you will find secure parking at Oban Car Hire which does have to be paid for. Please call 01631 566476 for opening times and charges.

Other Parking Options:

Since 2018 there is now no long stay Council Parking or free car parking. Please let us know if you find anywhere that might be suitable for sailors on an Oban to Oban voyage

There are private secure car parks for a fee.

For larger vehicles like motor homes, the Visitor Centre suggests contacting the following companies for parking:

Stoddards Campsite - offers parking

Hazel Bank Motors (otherwise known as Oban Car Hire) - offers car parking

McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking

By Coach

CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.


Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Oban has been described as one of the most scenic travel destinations. The sheltered port of Oban (“little bay” in Gaelic) is surrounded by views of earth, sea and sky, which have enthralled artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries.

Known as the gateway to Argyll and the Western Isles, Oban is the perfect origin for your own journey to discover the enchantment of the west coast of Scotland. Oban has always been known as the traveller’s rest. As a small town with a resident population of 8,500 this unofficial capital of the West Highlands often swells with large numbers of visitors.

Oban is renowned for its glorious gardens, its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, islands all around, ancient monuments and castles, and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting - especially from pilot cutters and tall ships. Queen Victoria visited the town and gave it the royal seal of approval when she described it as "one of the finest spots we have seen".

There are lots of places to stay in Oban, The Official Oban Tourist Office has the best local directory.

Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen is an incredibly popular adventure charter vessel with many repeat customers. Her professional crew to guest ratio is one of the best in the business. With only 8 guest crew on board and the tight knit team of skipper, mate and chef to look after you, they have everything covered from cakes and freshly caught crabs to where to land for the best walks ashore.

Eda Frandsen specialises in sailing in north west of Scotland and Cornwall. Combine the good company and relaxed sailing instruction with some of the finest sailing grounds in Britain and you can see why Eda Frandsen was voted one of the 100 Greatest Holidays on the Planet’ in the Sunday Times and why this 1915 gaff cutter featured in the Independent’s guide to the ‘Best European Sailing Holidays'



  • Length overall:73 ft 
  • Length on deck:56 ft


  • Year built:1938/1995
  • Vessel type/rig: Gaff Cutter


  • Guest berths: 8
  • Crew berths:  2


What Eda Frandsen Does Best

Exceptional Customer Care

Eda Frandsen offers authentic hands on sailing experience with a team well used to helping people get the most out of the sailing. Skippers James and Gabriel, the mate James Steveenson and Chloe the cook are passionate about your adventure, enjoyment and meeting your expectations of a sailing voyage.  You can expect to explore some amazing places and sail to the fullest extent that the weather allows. The care and attention you get on Eda Frandsen and a happy crew atmosphere, is a culmination of that experience.

James and Chloe welcome you on Eda Frandsen

A Different Anchorage Every Night

Eda Frandsen has spent decades exploring Scotland and her current owners are still revelling in the fact that they can still find new places to anchor, almost every week of the year.  With over 450 miles of coast around Skye alone, plus the Inner and Outer Hebrides within easy reach of a week voyage from Mallaig, you are really spoilt for choice.

Originally built as a Danish fishing boat Eda Frandsen has a tough oak hull with high bows which shrug off big seas. Equally at home sailing in the Western Approaches around Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, or making passage up and down the Irish Sea, there will always be a very special spot to anchor over night to relax and enjoy the wonderful food prepared for you.  

Eda Frandsen settles into a remote anchorage.
Eda Frandsen credit Georgia Witchell

Seafood, Local Produce and Wild Foraging

The combination of James and Gabriel's enthusiasm for catching crabs and lobster with the ships own creels (pots) with ships cook Chloe creating amazing puddings and home baking means the food is definitely going to be a highlight of your voyage. At Classic Sailing we are lucky that many of the vessels we work with cook exceptionally good food. On Eda Frandsen really everyone pulls out the stops to impress those taste buds on every voyage.  Most voyages start and finish in Mallaig, so the crew have established excellent sources of meat, cheeses and fresh vegetables. You really are getting a taste of the best that the Highlands and Islands can offer.  Eda Frandsen has run several whisky tasting voyages so the crew can tell you about the different drams you can taste on board.

Mallaig is a busy fishing port and the local fishermen respect that Eda Frandsen crews are out daily in all weathers just like them and this respect comes in handy when bartering for the fresh catches of scallops, langoustines or prawns from local fishing boats in out the way places.

Seafood is very popular on Eda Frandsen.
Seafood is very popular on Eda Frandsen.

Sailing Style on Eda

On Eda Frandsen the crew of three look after you well working hard to create stimulating itineraries around their favourite sailing ground that vary from week to week.  Memorable adventures under sail and opportunities to explore ashore are all based on their pioneering spirit to see what is around the next cove and over that wave ahead! 

Fundamental to your sailing holiday is the sailing action: Whether you are a newcomer, or already hooked on sailing, you will receive plenty of calmly given instruction on sailing how to sail this big gaff cutter. With no winches aboard, everyone is encouraged to join in as this is a truly hands on sailing experience. Don't worry if you are not built like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. It is all teamwork to use block and tackles to hoist up to 2210 sq ft of  glorious sail. Eda Frandsen is an incredibly seaworthy and stable stronger winds, yet with all 5 sails set in lighter airs is still quick and graceful through the water.

Owner and skipper James seamlessly creates a fun and friendly crew, with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere onboard. He describes a typical day in the Hebrides: "Each morning we will set sail to a new destination, find a secluded anchorage or bay for the night. Our plan for the week is flexible, we go with the weather rather than fight it, meaning every trip is different. If you have any places you would like to visit we will do our best to include requests where possible."

In the Hebrides you are usually day sailing and on any longer passages you may be sailing through the night. At night the guest crew will be part of a watch keeping system with the skipper or mate as your watch leader. Usually this is only for four hours and when you are off watch Eda Frandsen and the other watch team will keep you sailing whilst you are tucked up in your bunk.


2210 square foot of sail and a big bow wave on Eda frandsen

Life on Board

Eda has lovely wide decks, plenty of seating areas and a quirky saddle to sit astride when steering. The gleaming varnished woodwork and beautiful original features are hard to miss. 

Dinners are very sociable around Eda’s beautiful saloon where everyone can enjoy great food and discuss the events of the day in good company. In fine weather, lunch will be on deck, either sailing or in a beautiful anchorage. The kettle is always on with plenty of tea, coffee and home baking available. 

Eda Frandsen's ships wheel and saddle in Loch Huron


Accommodation on Eda Frandsen

The Saloon

The companionway steps are quite steep and have a descent of about 7 feet. Down in the depths of Eda is a cosy saloon and is the heart of the ship where there is full standing headroom. 

The cabins are tucked away from the main social area with a door, so you can use the upholstered seating around the table to relax any time of day.  The galley area is visible so you can chat to the cook from the saloon table and glean some cooking tips! 

As you look forward beyond the mast there is a bulkhead with the galley to starboard and a companionway to port which leads to two toilets - one with a shower and one with just a basin.   Beyond another door you can access the deck an alternative way via the fore hatch steps. Beyond are two more twin cabins and a small workshop.

Eda Fransden Saloon



Eda Frandsen has 8 guest berths in 4 twin cabins. Two cabins are tucked either side of the main companionway, and two cabins are located forward. Any cabin can suit couples or individuals (bunks). There are two WC - one with a hand basin and a second WC with a shower. The water is heated by the engine or an immersion heater, so there should be hot water for a shower when you need it.

There is a separate crew quarters below the chart room accessed by a different companionway. The engine room is completely separate from the guest living area and well soundproofed.

Layout Plan showing cabins on Eda Frandsen


The galley looks too small to produce the amazing creations that the chef produces. As Chloe is from the Isles of Scilly she has grown up around boats, sand, sea and excellent sea food! 

Cooking on Eda Frandsen with Chloe Gillat

Plenty of Deck Space

On deck Eda Frandsen has a big ships wheel and an unusual saddle to sit astride when steering. Around the helm there is plenty of seating  and meals are often served up on deck when the weather permits. Many a lunch time buffet or afternoon tea has been consumed with 360 degrees of sea, mountain or cove as a jaw dropping backdrop.

Eda is15ft wide with wooden decks and high bulwarks, so you feel like you are on a proper ship when sailing in rougher weather, and at anchor you can usually drop down out of the wind behind the ships sides for a sunbathe or to tuck into a fresh crab salad.

Home made birthday cake!
Gaff Cutter Eda Frandsen -Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen - Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen History

Eda Frandsen was built in Grenna, Denmark in 1938 and started life fishing for lobsters and seine netting out of Lemvig.  Between 1990 and 1995 she was restored, however, these 5 years hide a story of amazing determination. Her past owners watched in horror one night as their painstaking restoration went up in flames.  A huge effort from volunteers and shipwrights saw the ship substantially rebuilt although many areas retain the original undamaged wood. In 1995 she rose like a phoenix to the admiration of the wooden boating world as an incredibly strong ‘new’ wooden charter boat and soon gained a loyal following of supporters who came to sail her.

She has sailed extensively in Spain,  Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and in 2002 she crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean  winning the Concourse D’Elegance prize in Antigua Classics.

Ship Specification

Year Built 1938  
Year Restored as Sailing Vessel 1995  
Length overall 73ft 22m
Length on deck 56ft 17m
Beam 15ft 4.6m
Draft 8ft 2.4m
Sail Area 2210 sq ft 205 sq m
Guest Crew Overnight 8  
Professional crew 3  

Facilities on Eda Frandsen

Eda has a large tender (ships boat) with outboard for getting ashore in remote places.  The ship is usually anchored most nights in stunning surroundings, as there are few places in NW Scotland where you can moor alongside.  Your landing stage is usually a beach or rocky shoreline.  There is a boom and capstan to hoist the ships boat aboard.  Eda a hydraulic anchor windlass so the guest crew don't have to haul up her long anchor chain.  The powerful engine is brand new - installed in 2016 and there is also a generator tucked away in the engine room, so there are 240V electricity to charge phones and cameras (UK 3 pin plugs) when the generator is on.

Safety Equipment and Emergency Proceedures

Eda Frandsen is a UK Maritime Coastguard Agency Coded Vessel with an operational area upto 60 miles from a safe haven.  She is equipped to this standard and beyond, and her Standard Operating Procedures and manning levels all conform to MCA requirements for commercial charter.

Communications and Navigation

Eda Frandsen has VHF DSC radio, Radar, Chart Plotter, AIS and an EPIRB

Hull design: Original lines of Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen - Meet the Skippers & Crew

Skipper James with Guest and a proud crab catch
The dream team will look after you, and protect you from fierce crabs

Skipper Profile - James MacKenzie

James owns Eda Frandsen and has skippered her full time for 5 years. In 2018 he is handing the full time skipper job to former mate Gabriel for most of the season, but James will still be skippering some voyages.

An experienced skipper, shipwright and furniture maker, James has been working at sea in one form or another since becoming the ‘boy’ in a small boatyard on Lake Windemere. James now has over 100,000 miles as skipper under his belt! James learnt the ropes of gaff rig sailing craft while working for 6 years for a sail training charity as mate and then skipper of Provident a 90ft ketch rigged Brixham Trawler. After a spell in the Caribbean on his own boat, working as a boat builder and yacht furniture maker, James returned to the UK in 2012. Classic Sailing whisked him literally off the pontoon to work for us as full time skipper of pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes. James revelled in the chance to throw a small traditional gaff cutter around, after the bigger vessels he had commanded. He introduced some great new voyages for us including 'The Wind Power Challenge' where crews tried to do everything under sail and oar, and well respected RYA Yachtmaster Exam Prep Courses on Eve.

James is the best instructor we have ever employed" Adam Purser, Managing Director of Classic Sailing

With 5 Atlantic crossings, one single-handed and numerous offshore races James has a wealth of experience. Although he enjoys the fast pace of modern race boats, the gaff rig has always drawn him back. His real passion lies in the beauty and peace of sailing a traditional boat, as it should be sailed. In 2013 James found the perfect charter vessel to set up his own business, and bought the impressive 56ft gaff cutter Eda Frandsen. Eda was already well known in Scotland as an adventure charter vessel for many years and James could envisage lengthening the season by sailing in and around Cornwall in the Spring and Autumn returning to the wild and beautiful Hebrides for the summer. Whilst James does not run RYA courses on Eda Frandsen, he is a patient and humorous RYA Yachtmaster Instructor who loves to teach guests everything from Matthew Walker knots to navigation or the finer points of crab creel placement.

James MacKenzie is a very calm RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and was Classic Sailing's instructor of choice for our Yachtmaster exam preparation courses on long keeled boats for many years.  He has worked on everything from Brixham Trawlers like Provident, sail training yachts to super yachts, and spent years thinking about how he would do things better with his own boat and sailing business.

Gabriel - Skipper

Gabriel has been the mate on Eda Frandsen for several years and is back again on Eda for another season, but this time as skipper. He has been relief skipper when James has taken time off, but this time Gabriel will be the full time skipper and James will be the relief. Well practised at running the guests ashore into rocky and beach landings in the ships dinghy, Gabriel is also a fanatical fisherman and will encourage one and all to join him in catching something for the pot.  

Eda Frandsen mate Gabriel is a keen fisherman
Eda Frandsen mate Gabriel is a keen fisherman

The New Mate - James Steevenson

Filling the yellow wellies left by Gabriel as he steps up to full time skipper in 2018 will be a challenge James Steevenson will be delighted to fill. A life outdoors as commercial fisherman, skier and sailor is just the energetic proving ground a new member of crew needs for Eda Frandsen adventure voyages. James spent several seasons working on West Country Trading ketch Bessie Ellen and passed his RYA Yachtmaster offshore on pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes.

The Chef - Chloe

Chloe comes from the Isles of Scilly so she is well used to boats and island life. Chloe's culinary creations are legendary even in Scotland and this popularity has been been instrumental in developing Eda Frandsen's special brand of sailing holiday and a major reason why guests return year after year. Her 'restaurant' is a 56 ft Danish sailing cutter, with panoramic views. Rhubarb pudding, fresh cinnamon buns for breakfast, crab salad with flat bread, haggis, roasts are all on the menu and Chloe is forever finding new ways to serve the fresh fish and seafood that the bountiful sea and local fishing boats provide. James and Chloe like to support Scottish butchers too and local vegetable suppliers. As James and Chloe live in Cornwall in the winter they know good local food suppliers locally so your voyages in Cornwall will have a distinct local flavour!   Please note that Chloe will bake pasties in Scotland or Cornwall so don't worry about missing out. 


Chloe is a passionate cook and enjoys using local produce.





Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Eda Frandsen

Footwear choice is important on Eda Frandsen in Scotland

Kit List for Eda Frandsen 


  • Sailing instruction 

  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day.

  • Bed linen, duvet and pillow

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
  • Towels
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore (if taken by agreement by all guests)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

What to bring

There is limited storage space on Eda Frandsen so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Eda Frandsen has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
  • Swim suit & beach towel
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments


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.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.


In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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