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Offshore sailing from Scotland to Spain

Departure
3 August 2024 16:00
Return
17 August 2024 10:00
Days
15
Sailing area
North Sea, South Europe
Port of departure
Oban (UK)
Port of arrival
La Coruna (ES)

Sail the tall ship Florette on the west coast of Scotland through St George’s Channel and explore the coasts of Ireland and Cornwall before crossing the Bay of Biscay to eventually reach La Coruna in Spain. This trip is the perfect opportunity to clock up some sea miles and experience life on open water aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship. Exactly where you moor and anchor depends entirely on the weather forecast. The trip lasts 15 days. This includes buffer days to make the most of the wind.

The gentle, steady rise and fall of the hull in the waves, the vastness of the sea and the gentle creak of the rigging are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing yet adventurous holiday experience. During this voyage, the Florette is likely to make stops on the coast of Ireland and perhaps Cornwall before crossing the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay!

Offshore sailing passages are only suitable for the bravest adventurers looking for the ultimate challenge. Once we leave port, there is no turning back! We recommend that beginners first gain some experience on the water and spend some time on a boat or ship before embarking on a trip. This could be a trial sailing weekend, a dinghy sailing club membership or a weekend on your grandparents’ boat. The professional and experienced crew will teach you everything you need to know as you sail along and become part of the crew, hoist the sails, stand at the helm and become familiar with all aspects of sailing a traditional brigantine. The Florette operates a 3-member watch system for all guests and crew throughout the voyage. You will never be without a crew member and the watch system is not worked out until everyone is on board to assess the guests’ skills.

From plotting the route on the chart, cooking together, navigating astronomically, hoisting and trimming sails to working on and repairing the sails – there is something for everyone to do during the watch. The rest of the time is free to enjoy the inky night sky, read a book or three or play cards together. The sea gives you the opportunity to detach yourself from the obligations of the modern world and fill your soul with “vitamin sea”.

More information on arrival/departure options to and from Oban or La Coruna is available from us on request.

Florette

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Frequently asked questions

If you are travelling alone and have not booked a private cabin, you will be accommodated in a shared cabin. Shared cabins are normally occupied separately by gender Only on the Belle Amie and Seatrips yachts there are sometimes mixed cabins.

Yes, this is possible. However, there is only one menu per day on the programme. Therefore, please let us know during your booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

In principle, all our trips are suitable for both experienced and novice sailors. The professional crew on board will teach you everything you need to know. In some cases (e.g. on Atlantic crossings) initial sailing experience may be an advantage/requirement. In this case, this will be clearly indicated in the cruise description.

Prices

DescriptionPrice
Hammock berth (under 30's)
Adult€ 1.200
Child
Young sailor (13 -25 years)
Adult€ 1.580
Child
Adults (Double cabin)
Adult€ 2.499
Child

Included in price

Half board - breakfast (incl. tea and coffee) and six or 12 meals (lunch or dinner, depending on sailing schedule and duration of trip)
Use of all facilities on board, including snorkelling equipment, paddle boards, kayaks and board games
Bedding
All trips to/from the ship
Personnel costs for the captain and five other crew members

Not included in price

Extra meals (ashore)
Drinks from the bar (payable in Euro)
Towels
Arrival/departure to/from ship (airfare + transfer to ship)
Travel/cancellation insurance

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