May Sailing Holidays & Offers on Traditional Boats
No Flights Required
Adventure on your doorstep
April wasn't very kind to travellers favouring air travel so we've decided to make May a travel by wind and water month. We have many fantastic sailing holidays on offer and you don't need flights to join in. Traditional travelling has never been so convenient!
Marvellous in May
Why is May sailing marvellous on a traditional boat ?
Firstly we are well into British Summer Time and the evenings are longer, so even a short weekend break gives you 2-3 long action packed days - with a pilot cutter skipper as your guide to some of the best coastal scenery in Britain.
Although the sun might not be to full mid summer strength the beauty of traditional boats is that pulling on blocks and tackles whilst standing and striding around open decks keeps you a lot warmer than hunched in the cockpit of a modern yacht.
Cornwall is so tempting in May, that our Cornish boat Eve of St Mawes is almost fully booked for the month and Annabel J is heading down to the West Country. The bluebells will be out in the ancient woodlands that sweep down to the sea. The sea is warming up and the plankton blooms draw in all sorts of sea creatures to our westernmost shores. Basking Sharks are common in late May and dolphins and porpoises like to play in our bow wave.
Exploring Scotland Under Sail in May
Puffins are elusive little creatures but May is when they normally breed, and the best place to see them is at sea where they feed. The marine wildlife is prolific in Scotland and it is easy enough to feel your are in a true wilderness when sailing off the Highlands and islands. The deep waters between the islands are routeways for Whales, and if you are lucky you may see Otters in the mainland lochs if you anchor close to the shore.
Special Offers in May
Annabel J's Short Sailing Breaks Around on the Solent
Spend the bank holiday weekend in beautiful Annabel J, sailing around the Solent.
Explore the Solent in true style and enjoy a buffet lunch on this stunning vessel.
A spectacular way to celebrate the coming of summer by sailing around the Solent and south coast.
Annabel J’s Coastal Cruise from Hamble to Cornwall
AJ1009 28th May – 2nd June
5 Day Mile Builder £570
This beautiful journey will take you from the Western Solent to St Mawes via interesting harbours and famous landmarks. Phil the skipper has to take into account all the factors of tide, weather and crew ability so it’s not possible to tell you the precise route. A rough outline follows. Passing the Needles into the Channel heading due west you could stop overnight in Poole or Weymouth. Alternatively you may head south west and overnight in the Channel Islands.
Once on the south coast a stopover in Brixham, Dartmouth or Salcombe will be interesting. If tiny Newton Ferrers isn’t too crowded it too can be a lovely overnight spot. Passing Plymouth you’ll enter Cornish waters and could catch a glimpse of Looe. Moving west you’ll visit Fowey or Mevagissey before rounding the Dodman, heading for the Lizard Peninsula and reaching the Fal for a warm welcome in St Mawes.
Gorgeous in June
The Western Isles of Scotland
LM1010 Lizzie May 4th - 7th June
3 days for £350 (was £395, save £45)
Lizzie May is exploring the Western Scotland this June and the voyages are as spectacular as they are memorable.
You'll discover all that the Firth of Clyde, Arran, Loch Fyne and Kyles of Bute have to offer: wildlife, atmospheric lighting and awesome mountain backdrops.
The Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in the British Isles. Its long lochs penetrate far into the highlands, whilst its outer reaches comprise of a scattering of islands, each different in size and character. The jagged mountain ridge skyline of Arran dominates the outer approaches while Bute is smaller and more pastoral.
The waters off Western Scotland are rich ecosystems with abundant seafood. A chance meeting at sea can result in the freshest prawns, langoustines and scallops for supper.
The Hebrides, Western Isles and approaches to the Clyde are great places to spot seals, otters, minke whales, basking sharks and dolphins. The mountains provide inaccessible eyries for Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Choughs, Peregrine Falcons and cliffs are home to many large breeding colonies of seabirds like gannets and puffins.
The Western Isles offer you awesome skies, moody mountains, wild winds and crystal clear light quality - and all in a long weekend.
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