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Ocean sailing and racing with Steve White
Hannah Strodel ocean racing and sailing
Simon Rowell ocean sailing and racing
Sailing course for ocean racing


Leg 1: Solent to Vigo Spain

Leg 2: Vigo to Canaries


Leg 1 or 2: £2,199

Both legs:  £3,980


Canaries Ocean Cup / COC061018

Ready for a seriously fun sailing holiday this autumn?

The Canaries Cup 2018 is open to everyone, from complete beginner to more seasoned sailor. It is your introduction to the huge fun of two identical 60' yachts and what we call 'competitive cruising'! All the fun of a few races but none of the pressure or shouting. As the two yachts sail from the UK down to the warm winter Sun of Spain and the Canaries, you'll be getting fully involved, learning loads and seeing who gets into each port first! There'll be points up for grabs at every stage and some great social evenings with the two crews along the way. Each leg includes a unique opportunity for a day's training with a world champion sailor and a Vendee globe racer. Ideal for novice racers and those wanting a low pressure, huge fun sailing holiday with a difference.

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Want to have a chat about this adventure and check it's the right one for you and your holiday? Don't hesitate to get in touch. We love to chat away about these trips and it's hugely important to us that you pick the one that's right for you


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6 stages .... 1 trophy to be won!


Leg 1 'Viva Espana' October 5th - 20th 2018

Heading from the Solent on the south coast of the UK, across the English Channel, along the coast of Brittany and finally across the Bay of Biscay to the warmth and sun of north west Spain. Divided into 3-4 stages, with points to be won on every one! Some brilliant stop overs along the way.


Leg 2: 'Ocean Chase' October 21st - November 04th 2018

Two stages. First we head out into the Atlantic Ocean for the 600nm sail to Madeira, followed by the short hop south to Gran Canaria. Pick up points and prizes for coming first on each stage, and have some great times in Spain, Madeira and the Canaries as you go.


Meet, sail and train with two amazing sailors

Each leg starts with the unique opportunity of a day's sailing and training with a world champion and a Vendee globe racer. You'll also get one of the best meteorologists around to help you understand the mysteries of what's happening up there! Tips, training, insights and stories to help speed both teams on their way!

Extra optional courses provided by  Hamble School of Yachting

Why not sign up to these extra courses being put on by our partners Hamble School of Yachting.

Is this for me?

This is a great opportunity to experience the fun of two identical boats sailing together from one country to another, as they vie for  points, line honours and some serious fun. You will learn loads about sailing an you will get a great introduction to the world off offshore racing with none of its associated pressure.  Don't miss out - grab a place now before they're gone!

Includes a day to meet, sail and train with:

Steve White: Vendee Globe racer

Steve is one of the world's leading solo sailors, having a very successful campaign in the 2008 Vendee Globe race. He is currently preparing for a world record attempt on the west-about or wrong way round circumnavigation.

Hannah Strodel: World champion sailor

Hannah is one of the UK’s most ambitious and renowned Paralympian Sailers. She is a 3 x World Champion and 4 x Paralympian. She is now aiming to become the world's first disabled athlete to compete the Vendee Globe.

Simon Rowell: Meteorologist to British Olympic Team

Simon Rowell has been the meteorologist for the British Sailing Team since 2015. He has won the Clipper Round the World Race and is regarded as one of the world's leading sailing weather forecasters and yacht routers.



Leg 1 begins in Southampton on October 5th and finishes in Vigo on October 20. Leg 2 starts in Vigo on October 21 and finishes in Gran Canaria on November 04th. You should join and leave the boat at 1200hrs on these days. We are still awaiting final confirmation from marinas and expect this in early June, so please do not book flights until we pass on the details to crew.


  • Joining party at Hamble School of Yachting (leg 1) & Vigo Yacht Club (Leg 2)
  • Race tuition from three world experts.
  • 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
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable. Find out more about RYA certification here


  • Your flights to and from the start and end points (see the Essential Info tab for full details)
  • Any alcohol - but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore
  • Travel insurance


  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

Terms & Conditions

Trip Notes


These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. 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.



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.

See more information and the full kit list here


We are committed to helping as many people as possible 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. 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.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your trip so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
  • Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


Leg 1: Oct 05 - 20 2018

Leg 2: Oct 21 - Nov 04 2018

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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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Customer reviews after the adventure sailing holiday
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Canaries Ocean Cup area map
Ocean sailing and racing with Steve White
Hannah Strodel ocean racing and sailing
Simon Rowell ocean sailing and racing
Sailing course for ocean racing
Canaries Ocean Cup route map

Get in touch with us

We really encourage you to get in touch with us and have a chat about the various trips and the options open to you. We're always happy to spend time with you to ensure that you end up on the perfect trip.

Customer reviews after the adventure sailing holiday
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