England to Scotland Passage Making Masterclass
Dartmouth to Oban. 11 -24 April 2020: (£1,699)
Portsmouth to Oban. 26 April – 10 May 2020: (£1,699)
Falmouth to Oban. 10 – 23 April 2021 (£1,799)
Falmouth to Oban: 04 – 16 May 2021 (£1,799)
MINIMUM RYA DAY SKIPPER OR ASA 103 REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR AS PART OF A GROUP
Intensive sail training and a huge adventure sailing from England to Scotland.
Join us for two weeks of sailing, training and adventure that will take your seamanship and skippering skills to a new level.It can be hard to build the next level of skills after doing your RYA or ASA qualifications. This course is designed for everyone who has obtained their basic qualifications (from Day Skipper up) and now wishes to make a really big jump in their skills and experience levels. As we sail between the UK, France, Ireland and Scotland you will face constant challenges, be asked to make decisions and then act on them, all the time under the watchful eye of our top skippers who are there to guide and explain in a really friendly, supportive environment. Fantastic tuition and great sailing.
YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST AN RYA DAYSKIPPER OR ASA 103 QUALIFICATION FOR THIS TRIP.
This is a typical itinerary. What makes a Passage Making Masterclass so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary with long distance sailing and so this is indicative only. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. Please note the Masterclass starting April 11 2020 is from Dartmouth and the masterclass starting on April 26 2020 is from Portsmouth.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat at 1000hrs on the start day and after introductions we will get straight into issuing equipment. After lunch we will spend the afternoon in the Rubicon 3 training centre beginning some intensive tuition.
Day 2: Intensive theory and skills and drills
From chart work to COLREGs, this morning is going to be an intensive session where we evaluate your current skill set and make you better. It is always a very supportive environment and at no time will you be left to flounder. This is about pushing you hard to improve, not showing anyone up. Most of all, we know the areas people usually struggle with or aren’t that confident in… and that’s where we’ll go straight to! After lunch, we’ll be out in the Solent, working through all the key manoeuvres following the theory.
Day 3: Sailing across the English Channel
Your first passage to plan and execute. We’ll set off across the English Channel, getting to grips with the strong cross tides and heavy commercial traffic. It is about 60-70nm, meaning a really full day of sailing and training. The wonderful Brittany coast or Channel Islands await.
Days 4-6: Training & exploring in the Channel Islands
We’ll spend the next few days sailing through and exploring the Channel islands and getting off the beaten track to lesser known islands such Sark & Herm. These are wonderful places to visit and the strong tides and technical harbour entrances are a fantastic classroom. Welcome to a mix of superb training and wonderful sailing holiday!
Days 7-9: Offshore passage to Ireland
We now turn north again for a lovely passage to Dublin that should take us around two days and nights. This will really test your skills development and the addition of night sailing across busy lanes of commercial traffic will add a new challenge. Exact landfall will, of course, depend on the weather and timings but it’s always fun if we can get to Dublin for a well earned pint of Guinness and a day of R&R.
Days 10-12: Exploring Northern Ireland
It may be we wish to to sail to the Isle of Man or straight to the western isles of Scotland, but another option is to sail into and explore the beautiful inland seas of Northern Ireland such as Carlingford Lough. These are not only a lovely place to sail but present some interesting tidal and anchoring challenges.
Days 13-14: The western isles of Scotland
By now you will have made very significant gains in your seamanship and you will largely be calling the shots and running the passages. The tides here are strong and the weather can be challenging so you will have to put all your learning into practice as we sail north to the stunningly beautiful western isles of Scotland. Both Islay and Mull, with their respective whisky distilleries are very real options before we finally pull into Oban for some very well deserved post course meals and drinks.
Day 15 – Cleaning, debriefs and goodbyes
The end comes all too soon but there’s no doubt that you’ll go home with some unforgettable memories and having had a huge amount of fun. After cleaning up, swapping photos and saying goodbye to the boat and the crew, you’ll be free to disembark from 1200h.
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
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- You should join the boat in Dartmouth (April 11) or Portsmouth (April 26) promptly at 1000hrs on the start day. The boat will be in Haslar Marina, Gosport, which is easily reached from Portsmouth Harbour railway station by a two minute ferry ride. There is also parking available should you wish to drive.
- You will disembark the boat in Oban at 1200hrs on the last day. It is around a four-hour train journey to Glasgow Airport (IATA code: GLA) so you can catch a flight any time after approximately 1600 hrs but do check your train times.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
The Passage Making Masterclass™ is open to everyone aged 18 years and over who has the RYA Day Skipper qualification or above. (International equivalents are accepted). If you are aged 70 or over or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: OCEAN SAILING
Extended periods offshore and greater possibility of encountering bad weather. If you are new to ocean sailing, please read our introductory notes here: Ocean sailing – what to expect
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.
The Passage Making Masterclass is part sailing holiday and part intensive tuition. You will spend more time sailing and training than on a normal Rubicon 3 voyage and your gains will be significant. To find out more about what to expect, visit our PMMC page.
DO I NEED PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE?
No. All of our trips are designed to be accessible by anyone, whatever their previous sailing background. We will train you in all the key skills you need, allowing you to be an active member of the crew from Day 1.
DO PEOPLE COME ALONE?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo, so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON BOARD?
Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 (except for Atlantic crossings) plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sail the boat safely but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.
IS THIS A SAILING HOLIDAY?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try.
WHO ELSE JOINS?
We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BOOK A PLACE?
Go the ‘BOOK NOW’ button near the top of the page. This will take you through to our booking system, and it will ask you for a deposit of £400. As soon as this is paid, your place is reserved. The balance of the trip must be paid by 60 days before departure.
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