ocean going sailing yachts for adventure sailing holidays

Find out more about the incredible ocean going sailing yachts used by Rubicon 3

Sailing yacht Hummingbird. Round the world race yacht and expedition yacht
Cat 0 sailing yacht Oriole

60' expedition sailing yacht

Hummingbird is a powerful expedition yacht designed with safety and simplicity in mind. Originally built for the Clipper round the world yacht race, she has more than proved her seaworthiness with three successful circumnavigations of the globe. Her long fin keel means she has exceptional stability and the cutter rig gives a versatile sail plan that can be quickly matched to conditions as they change.

 

Highest safety rating possible

Hummingbird has the MCA’s top rating: Category 0. This means that they have designated her and her equipment fit to sail unlimited distances off shore for any period of time. This rating requires the top rated life rafts, an EPIRB, advanced medical kit, satellite communications, three different watertight compartments and more. There is no higher standard for such a yacht. Most sailing schools will be using Cat 2 rated yachts, limited to no more than 60nm offshore. These expeditions are true adventures, often heading far out to sea and to remote shores, but safety remains at the centre of everything we do.

 

A true expedition feel

Hummingbird is not a cabin cruiser! Built to race and now converted for expeditions, she retains much of the look and feel of her early days. Crew accommodation remains as it was in her racing days. It is open plan, divided up into two cabins of 4-5 people each. The camaraderie down below is superb and this arrangement is far preferable to being in a small cramped cabin with someone you don't know! One of our clients described as being like a mountain hut but on the water, and that's probably not such a bad description!

 

Warm and comfortable

You will never be anything other than warm and dry down below. The headroom is around 8’ in most areas and all crew have large amounts of personal storage space. Bunks measure 6’ 7” in length with high lee cloths giving you plenty of room to yourself. There is powerful heating throughout to keep us warm, while a well equipped galley allows us to make some great meals underway, often with freshly caught fish. The saloon has books, a TV & DVD player, games and a selection of films.

 

Please note: Hummingbird is one of three Rubicon 3 yachts and we cannot guarantee this is the yacht you will sail on.

57' expedition sailing yacht

Oriole is a Bowman 57, designed by the legendary Holman & Pye. Bowmans are world renowned as some of the finest blue water cruisers ever made and this makes her perfect for our fleet. She is built with comfort and seaworthiness in mind at every stage. Her long fin keel is almost identical to Hummingbird's and means she has exceptional stability. Like Hummingbird, she also has a  cutter rig, giving a versatile sail plan that can be quickly matched to conditions as they change.

 

Highest safety rating possible

Oriole has the MCA’s top rating: Category 0. This means that they have designated her and her equipment fit to sail unlimited distances off shore for any period of time. This rating requires the top rated life rafts, an EPIRB, advanced medical kit, satellite communications, three different watertight compartments and more. There is no higher standard for such a yacht. Most sailing schools will be using Cat 2 rated yachts, limited to no more than 60nm offshore. These expeditions are true adventures, often heading far out to sea and to remote shores, but safety remains at the centre of everything we do.

 

Accommodation on-board

Oriole was designed and built to sail long distances in any conditions and everything about her build, above and below decks, reflects this.  Crew accommodation is in single pipe cots, meaning you are never rolling into someone you don't know and can angle the bunk to counter the heel of the boat. This is far better than most cabin cruisers you will encounter! Oriole is a true ocean going yacht and these are genuine expeditions and voyages. This means the sleeping areas (three 2 or 3 person areas) can seem a little cramped at first but do soon feel like home. Sailing is very much about the adventure and exhilaration of being out on the ocean and this more than compensates for the inevitable compromises of life aboard. There is a lovely large, light saloon in which to sit, read and eat some great meals.

 

Warm and comfortable

You will never be anything other than warm and dry down below. There is lots of headroom and powerful heating throughout to keep us warm. A well equipped galley allows us to make some great meals underway, often with freshly caught fish. The saloon has books, a TV & DVD player, games and a selection of films.

 

Please note: Oriole is one of three Rubicon 3 yachts and we cannot guarantee this is the yacht you will sail on.

 

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We operate a strict no smoking policy

The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.

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WZ Limited, trading as Rubicon 3. Registered office is 179 Hunts Pond Road, Fareham, England, PO14 4PL, United Kingdom. Company number 086601873. VAT number 166844768. ABTOT Bond and Membership - number 5278. The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for WZ Limited, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; 2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and 3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled.  1 and 3 provides for repatriation.  Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with WZ Limited.

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ocean going sailing yachts for adventure sailing holidays
Sailing yacht Hummingbird. Round the world race yacht and expedition yacht
Cat 0 sailing yacht Oriole
Customer reviews after the adventure sailing holiday
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
ocean going sailing yachts for adventure sailing holidays
Sailing yacht Hummingbird. Round the world race yacht and expedition yacht
Cat 0 sailing yacht Oriole
Customer reviews after the adventure sailing holiday
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo