Jul 28 - Aug 12 2017
Starts: Bodo, Norway
Ends: Isafjordur, Iceland
One of our most sought after routes every year, the passage between Norway and Iceland has everything. Incredible coastline, open ocean sailing, the Arctic Circle, whales and more. For a true, incredible adventure with loads of learning included, there is simply nothing to beat this.
Day 1: Joining day
Day 2: Briefings and training
Days 3-7: Across the Norwegian Sea to the NE coast of Iceland
Days 8-10: Exploring NE Iceland: whales, waterfalls & awesome nature
Day 11-15: The north coast of Iceland
Day 16: Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
Whichever qualifications you have, skippering a yacht offshore or internationally is quite a step up and not something to be undertaken lightly. There are much greater weather routing issues and international regulations to deal with. You are going to be in amongst heavy commercial shipping, interacting with foreign port controls and coming across unfamiliar situations on an almost constant basis. On top of that, away from land, your crew and yacht are entirely reliant on you to keep things moving along successfully. It can be stressful, tiring and difficult. It is also one of the most rewarding types of passage making you will have as a skipper. There is nothing quite like pulling in to a foreign port, having crossed a sea on a yacht that you skippered.
Your current qualifications may not have given you what you expected
If you're like almost every other client of ours, you'll have got your Day Skipper or Yachtmaster, with the expectation that afterwards you would be free to roam the seas and head off to all corners of the world. The reality is that you are probably not ready to do that. Even the Yachtmaster is really a 'licence to learn' - the equivalent of passing your driving test. As we all know, it's only once a new driver is let loose at the wheel that their education really begins!
What a new ocean-going skipper needs
Getting offshore sailing experience is often tricky, even more so if it needs to be an RYA ocean qualifying passage. It often involves just jumping on a long-distance yacht delivery and making the best of it. But let's be honest - anyone can head off to sea and have a successful voyage. That doesn't necessarily make the skipper competent or safe. It just means that nothing went wrong that time. To be competent and safe, a developing skipper needs to experience offshore and international passage-making in a controlled environment. Able to plan the routes and make the decisions but with expert backup and advice at every stage. This is the very best learning environment. No theoretical exercises. This is a real ocean passage, dealing with real situations at every stage.
What you get on the Masterclass
Every Ocean Crossing Masterclass has two highly experienced instructors on board. While you victual, plan and execute the passage, they will constantly feedback, teach you more and demonstrate further techniques. It is quite different from crewing for a delivery skipper; with this expert tuition your skills and experience will improve rapidly.
Get some training in celestial navigation
A ocean passage is a superb opportunity to use a sextant and navigate your way using just the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. If you would like to use the sextant on-board, you must have prior training. Look to come on our intensive two day celestial navigation course. See in 'Expedition Extras' below or click here
On non ocean passages, the maximum number of crew is 8. This gives an instructor - crew ration of 4:1 which is ideal. It also means you will have plenty of time on the helm, navigating and improving your sail trim. For ocean passages, we increase the crew size to 9 which makes the watch system far more comfortable and means you can get better rest.
Men and women
Our expeditions are usually pretty evenly split between men and women with, if anything, a slight bias toward women. Of course, some expeditions can vary from this balance, but it is unusual. It would be very unlikely indeed that you were the only man or the woman amongst the crew.
Anyone joining us must be 18 years or over, but there is no upper age limit. Indeed, we've had a 75 year old novice sail with us up into the Arctic and he coped superbly. There's a full range of ages on board with the majority being between 30 - 60. We find age immaterial on board as it's a mindset that draws people on to these expeditions and you will be with some fun and inspiring fellow crew.
Our most common crew profile would be - "I've sailed a bit in the past and got my Day Skipper, but I'm very rusty". Everyone thinks they're unique in that but they're not! That said, we also get complete novices on most expeditions along with one or two more experienced crew members. the point is - don't worry. If you're new to sailing, we'll work with you from the first steps and if you're much more experienced, we can help you develop some advanced concepts and techniques.
Couples & singles
The vast majority of our crew come alone, although couples or groups are absolutely welcome. Being an ex race boat, the accommodation is open plan and we cannot give individual cabins.
The Rubicon 3 Yachts
These yachts are large, powerful and have amazing ocean-crossing pedigrees. They're also incredibly safe, fun and accessible by anyone. Oriole is new to our fleet in 2017 and will soon be branded with a stunning Rubicon 3 design. Click on the pictures to find out more about each yacht.
Strictly no smoking on board. E-cigs are fine.
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