The Best Ocean Passages for Mile Building
The Best Tall Ship Mile Building Voyages - perfect for Gap Year Travel
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Distance in Nautical Miles
Here are some of our longest voyage legs. To help those interested in mile building we are adding a rough estimate of the nautical miles you might cover in the voyage descriptions (click on the voyage descriptions below). If you have more time you can spend months on ships like Topsail Schooner Oosterschelde and Barque Europa following a trade wind circuit like the sailing cargo windjammers of the 19th Century and early 20th Century. I
f you prefer a smaller vessel then three masted lugger Grayhound will be offering ocean voyages in a classic circuit around the North Atlantic - including Cape Verde the Caribbean and the Azores.
Three Wildlife Expeditions in one trip
South Georgia, Weddell Sea & Antarctica
A full Antarctic and Southern Ocean Circuit starting in the Falklands. Sail downwind amongst the albatrosses to one of the most most
prolific wildlife breeding grounds on the planet - South Georgia. After a week exploring the anchorages of this mountainous sub antarctic island with thousands of penguins, seals and seabirds, Europa may repeat her 2011Centennial voyage by visiting South Orkney as she sails further South to catch the Polar Easterlies back towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Dodge the icebergs of the Weddell Sea and explore islands rarely visted by cruise expedition ships on the east side of the Peninsula. Cross the infamous Drakes Passage to Argentina.
Antarctica, South Georgia, Tristan Da Cuhna and Ascension, Azores and Amsterdam 111 day Voyage Just the longest so far.
Look for humpback and killer whales amongst the icebergs. Wildlife safaris ashore amongst the penguins, fur seals and elephant seals. Climb the rigging and marvel at the icecaps, untrodden glaciers and mountain peaks. Sail the same route from Elephant Island to South Georgia as the rescue voyage in the James Caird by Shackleton and his men.....and in the same voyage sail north towards the equator and a warmer climate and set skysails and stun'sails ready for the lighter tropical sailing.
Challenging Trans Atlantic Voyage on Sailing Lugger Grayhound
This is the old route home following the North Atlantic current, the same route the trade ships sailed. This is a challenging voyage for those who like the idea of being remote and isolated. The passage is 2165 sea miles and we estimate to spend 20 days at sea and the rest of the voyage relaxing in the beautiful Azores. Crew will be fully involved in the watch system and cooking. This is our longest voyage of the year, perfect for learning to use the sextant, building sea miles or escaping from the world for a month. Because of the length of voyage there are only 5 places available. Crew need to be healthy, fit, active and patient !
Rite of Passage
Crossing the Atlantic is on many experienced sailors hit list as well as the goal of the adventure traveller. To make the crossing in a three mast lugger is so unique that you many well be the first crew to do it for over 100 years. Pete Goss sailed from Newlyn to Australia in a two masted lugger called Spirit of Mystery recently - which sounds braver....but then he is famous for slightly challenging epics. Pete Goss was following the footsteps of some brave Cornish fishermen looking for a new life during the Australian Gold Rush, and his boat was built by the same shipwright as Grayhound.
Oosterschelde - Azores to Rotterdam
Azores to Rotterdam
This is the final leg in Oosterschelde's circumnavigation. Having spent 5 months away from the crowds in the North Sea, Oosterschelde will once again return to her home port of Rotterdam, and join the 'real world'.
Starting in Horta, in the Azores, she will set off for her last journey to complete her circumnavigation, and although she may well be close to home, this passage will still be an adventure. The Atlantic swell will be with you almost to the very end, only in the last few days, will it ease off as you enter into the North Sea. At this point it will seem very busy for the permanent crew, who will have become used to being alone at sea.
15 days is a great length of time to get into the rhythmn of blue water sailing. A great way to build up miles, or to test you sea legs with a longer voyage in mind perhaps. The Azores is a lush, beautiful archipelago of islands, host to a myriad of wildlife, flora and fauna. Why not combine this voyage with a walking holiday, or arrive a few days early to explore on foot before going on board.
Lifetime Sailing Goals - Are any of these yours ?
2014 is the 100th Anniversary of Shackleton's attempt to cross the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail downwind in the Southern Ocean amongst the icebergs and albatross to South Georgia, following the epic route of Shackleton's desperate rescue bid in open boat 'James Caird' - Check out Bark Europa voyages
Sail a wooden sailing ship in the tropics and maybe sleep on deck under the stars - see Grayhound voyages in Cape Verde and the Caribbean
Cross the roughest stretch of water in the world - Drakes Passage below Cape Horn - Check out Bark Europa voyages
Cross the Atlantic, tropics and the equator on a ship with stun'sails and skysails - See Bark Europa Ocean wandering voyages
Sail a tall ship down the Antarctic Peninsula to about 65 degrees South - see Bark Europa expeditions
Sail a square rigger in the Arctic Circle & spot polar bears - See Barquentine Antigua voyages
Explore the Arctic on a wooden sailing ship - see our Greenland voyages on Icelandic schooners
Sail up the Caribbean Island Chain on a square rigger that can take able bodied & disabled crew - See Lord Nelson voyages
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