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Lofoten Islands Explorer, the Most Magical Place on Earth!

The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of Majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long surf-swept beaches. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.

Embark
Tue, 14-08-2018 - 14:00
Tromso
Disembark
Fri, 24-08-2018 - 10:00
Bodø
Duration
10 Days
Vessel
Blue Clipper
Voyage No.
BC140818

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Blue Clipper - Lofoten Islands Explorer

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This is an adventure style voyage, but that doesn't mean you need previous sailing experience. With 24 hours of daylight and little tide to worry about, sailing in this area is undeniably stunning. 

Blue Clipper is perfect for beginners and more advanced sailors alike. You really don't need any sailing experience as the professional crew will go through everything from safety drills, how to pull ropes efficiently, find the right halyard or steer the 144ft schooner. You don't have to be super strong.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • WIldlife and wilderness
  • Dramatic moutains
  • Deep Fjords
  • Magnificent light conditions
  • Fascinating birdlife
Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. 

The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists and drawn them to this area for several decades, which is evident in the many art galleries and photo exhibitions.  

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. 

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, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. 

Blue Clipper under sail and person relaxing in a hammock in the sunset

 

Tromso

Explore the various attractions of this Northern Norwegian metropolis that is know as “Paris of the North”, including Polaria, the modern polar experience centre, and the old-style, but very charming, polar museum.

Senja

Depending on the wind conditions, we will sail along the East or West Coast of Senja, with the opportunity to stop in a number of pretty anchorages.

Harstad

Explore this interesting town, once a metropolis of trading and fishing, but in the 20th century it benefitted form the oil and gas industry and the military presence. 

Nyvangar

Opportunity to go ashore and visit an interesting aquarium, art gallery and a few museums, all providing deeper knowledge and background in the traditions and cultures of Lofoten.  

Digermuelen

A magical hidden gem where we will anchor.  There is the opportunity for hiking, and exploring ashore.

Trollfjord and the surrounding mountains

Trollfjorden is famous for its steep granite walls descending 500 metres right down into the narrow fjord. At only 100m wide this narrow passage through the cliffs allows for spotting the birds nesting on the cliff walls as we get right up close.   Walk up into the homeland of the Trolls and feel the trollic atmosphere.

Haversand

A great isolated anchorage for a spot of swimming!

Skorova

Climbing the mountain Skrovafjellet with its great views of all the Lofoten Islands towards the West and the West fjord, Hamaroy and Steigen in the east.

Lille Molla

Anchorage of Lille Molla.  Hard to do justice to, when you look at brochure shots of the Lofotens, this is often the view they will choose!  There will be time for a hike ashore.

 

Reine and the Reine Fjord.

Reine is a beautiful harbour, one of the most photographed places in Lofoten.  Opportunities to go ashore and hike to the Bunes beach on the North Side.  Also, can hike up to the “peak of Hell” reaching straight up from the beach 66 metres into the air.  The peak of Reinebringen is an obvious choice for extraordinary views. Rent a kayak for a few hours.

 

Tromso to Bodo on Blue Clipper
Tromso to Bodo on Blue Clipper Example route

 

A Photographers Dream

The flora and fauna are unforgettable and you may well see sperm whales, minke whales, puffins and sea eagles in their natural habitat. The many anchorages around Lofoten before your open water crossing to Bodo will mean that by the end of the trip, you are an experienced crew member and can put your skills to the test on the final leg. 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

In the summer months, Lofoten can be hot and sunny. The weather can be unpredictable, but weather moves quickly creating unbelievable skies. The mountains rise dramatically out of the water and the bird life ashore as eagles soar above is mighty. 

Sunset on Blue Clipper

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 on board Blue Clipper – including breakfast, lunch and 2 course evening meal
  • The services of our hospitality and guest services manager
  • 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 (a TAB system is in place during your voyage. Payable at the end of your voyage in cash (GBP or EUROS) on board.
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Tromso, Norway

Latest port updates

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

Tromso in the major town of Northern Norway.

It's a deep water sheltered port with its own airport very close to the town.

The Visit Tromso web site has lots of helpful information.

Rail & transfers

There is no train service to Tromso. You can take the train from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim to Fauske, where you must transfer for a long-distance bus to Tromso via Narvik.  For more information about trains and booking, please visit: https://www.nsb.no/

Air & transfers

There are many daily domestic flights to Tromso Airport Langnes. Check out SAS, WIderoe and Norwegian Air.  Most international flights to Tromso require a change at Oslo Airport.  There are some seasonal direct flights from London Gatwick, and Stockholm.  Tromso Airport Langnes lies only 5 km from the city centre, and the airport express coach stops in central Tromso.

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.

Bodø, Norway

Lofoten Islands
Latest port updates

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

Rail & transfers

Bodo station is the end station on Nordlandsbanen.  The station is located around 400m East of Bodo. Train tickets are available at http://www.nsb.no/ The train from Oslo to Bodo takes around 18 hours.

Air & transfers

Bodø Airport is located 2 kilometres from the city centre. The airport bus has many daily departures and covers the distance in about 5 minutes.  

Discount airlines

Check out SAS, WIderoe and Norwegian Air. A flight from Oslo to Bodø takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can take either bus line 1 or bus line 4 to get to the centre of Bodø, travel time to ‘Bodo sentrum’ is not more than 10 minutes.

The starting point at the airport is located directly in front of the main entrance. On weekdays, a bus runs at 15 minute intervals to and from the airport. The price of a bus ticket is 40 NOK.

Please consult website and timetable bus line 1 and bus line 4 for more information. Bodø Airport is at a short distance from the centre. If you have little luggage, you can even walk to the city centre. Going on foot takes 10 to 15 minutes. 

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

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!

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
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • 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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RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

Solo Sailors and Solo Occupancy

The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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Why book with Classic Sailing?

The call of the sea

Destinations for sailors & explorers

Over 300 voyages a year

11, 051 customers introduced to

traditional boats and tall ships.

Tell us your sailing dreams

Experts

Office Team of 4 Skippers

6 Times Around the World between Us

Selling Holidays for 22 Years

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