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Irene
20/04/18
Whisky, Wine and Whales
3 days 22 hours ago
What’s your favourite whisky??  By Melissa   On sailing to Scotland a few years ago on Eda Frandsen I actively embraced the fact that I was a newbie or a beginner to the taste of whisky drinking. Over the course of the several seasons that I spent sailing up in Scotland I have been taken under the w...
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18/04/18
12th Pilot Cutter Review May 2018
5 days 23 hours ago
12th Annual Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review 2018 24th to 27th May 2018 Programme   Day 1 - Thursday 24th  May 2018 Social Event 1 Opening evening in Fowey, Hosted by the Fowy Gallants sailing Club. only for Review Participants and invited guests, Join us for a pasty and a pint.  Day 2 - Friday...
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22/03/18
Refit Roundup
1 month 2 days ago
Refit Round-Up and Pre-Season Update! With Spring upon us and the sailing season just around the corner, we take a look at the work that goes into keeping these beautiful vessels looking so splendid! Many of the first voyages of the season will start on the 30th March, with just a handful of places...
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13/02/18
2019 Cape Verde Voyages on Oosterschelde Released
2 months 1 week ago
Discover the archipelago of Cape Verde ‘Oosterschelde’ stays 3 months in this tropical archipelago off the coast of West Africa. She has made the islands her winter base for many years and has quietly been capturing the hearts of sailors and adventurous travellers with her mix of ocean sailing in tu...
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05/02/18
Can the tide turn the wind?
2 months 2 weeks ago
Can the tide turn the wind? It’s well proven the ocean surface currents are caused by the prevailing winds but is the opposite true; can the tide change the wind? Ocean Surface Currents The wind-driven circulation forced by wind stress on the sea surface, inducing a momentum exchange creates the oce...
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25/01/18
How to steer and helm a tall ship.
2 months 4 weeks ago
How to steer and helm a tall ship. This is a draft article and any comments are very welcome. The Highs This is one of the best parts of sailing a tall ship and getting it right is good, steering your course with the motion of the ship and the wind filling the sails is extraordinarily fulfilling.On...
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18/01/18
Fortune Tellers, the Lodestone, How's your head? The Story of the 32 Cardinal Pointed Compass.
3 months 5 days ago
Fortune tellers, lodestones and how’s your head? The Story of the Compass There is a connection and its very relevant to the traditional vessels you can sail on. Out at sea beyond the sight of land there is nothing constant to steer you ship towards. OK on occasions you can aim for a particular star...
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11/01/18
Spring voyages in the West Country and Brittany
3 months 1 week ago
Short Easter voyages in the West country So, we have made it over the hump of the winter solstice and the days are getting longer, I am sure of it, but only very slowly.  We are now on the downward slope towards summer and the Cornish and Devonian boats refit are in full swing with many litres of pa...
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Scotland- Melissa- Sunset
17/12/17
An Insiders Guide to Sailing in Scotland
4 months 1 week ago
Why Sail in Scotland? - Melissa's Insider Guide Welcome to an insider’s guide to sailing in Scotland! I have sailed in Scottish waters for 3 seasons: The first on  'Ocean Spirit of Moray', two years running on 1938 gaff cutter 'Eda Frandsen' and a small sojourn last year as skipper on pilot cutter '...
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15/12/17
Top Ten Ocean Voyages - mini blue water tasters to epic ocean crossings
4 months 1 week ago
Our Favourite Ocean Voyages Classic Sailing have over 55 ocean voyages a year. They range from blue water passages as short as 8 days or ocean crossings that take several months. You can cross between continents by tall ship as part of a GAP year or career break travel plans, or get a taste for blue...
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13/12/17
Lands and Seas of the Midnight Sun – Comparing Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland
4 months 1 week ago
  Are you tempted by a summer voyage in the High Arctic, or wilderness coastlines like Iceland or Norway’s Lofoten Islands that sit on the Arctic Circle? How do you choose the best voyage?  Debbie and Adam at Classic Sailing have explored Iceland and Greenland by sail and ashore, and we have listene...
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04/12/17
Tips on Cheaper Flights to the Falklands
4 months 2 weeks ago
Falklands as a Stepping Stone to South Georgia Sailing from the Falklands to the Antarctic breeding ground of South Georgia is one of the most fantastic square rigger routes in the world. If you have been watching Blue Planet and have seen the snow covered mountains, millions of penguins, battling e...
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Picton Castle World Voyage - Stunsails
06/10/17
Comparing Three Very Different Barques
6 months 2 weeks ago
Photo above: Debbie sailed Picton Castle in Canada this August 2017   THE LONG READ: Comparing Three Sail Training Barques   “Hands on Sailing” “Learn to sail a square rigger” “Challenging adventure at sea” “Adrenalin buzz aloft” “No experience needed” All these phrases are frequently used to descri...
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05/10/17
NEW JOB VACANCY WITH CLASSIC SAILING
6 months 2 weeks ago
Posted 26-09-17 NEW JOB VACANCY WITH CLASSIC SAILING   Do you have the potential to be a ‘Tall Ships & Traditional Sailing Expert’ with Classic Sailing?   Job Role:  Traditional Sailing Marketing Consultant Classic Sailing are looking for a permanent 5th member of our office team in Cornwall to...
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Oosterschelde
24/09/17
Are there Stronger Spring Tides at the Equinox?
7 months 1 day ago
I was asked do you get a stronger spring tides at an equinox? No Tides are related to alignment and distances apart of the earth, sun and moon. The equinox has no bearing on these aspects. But Why are some spring tides stronger than others? The moon is not always the same distance from the earth as...
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11/09/17
New Antarctica Dates for Nov 2018 and Spring 2019
7 months 2 weeks ago
Antarctica Update for 2018/2019 season.  The dates for the new Antarctica season with Bark Europa have just been announced. 39 day Expedition - Montevideo - South Georgia - Weddell Sea - Antarctica - Drakes Passage - Ushuaia 14th November 2018 (Montevideo) - 22nd December 2018 (Ushuaia) Sail downwin...
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17/08/17
Oosterschelde has won the Rendez-Vous 2017
8 months 1 week ago
100 year old Oosterschelde has won the trans-Atlatnic race from Halifax to Le Havre! We are all very proud to announce that Oosterschelde has finished first in her race across the Atlantic from Halifax to Le Havre. After 21 days and 2200 nautical miles (4000km) the ship left all her competitors behi...
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Irene Wheel
10/08/17
Sailing with West Country Trading Ketch, Irene out of Falmouth
8 months 2 weeks ago
Sailing with the West Country Trading Ketch Irene Although I have previously heard wonderful things about Irene I had never actually stepped foot onboard before, yesterday I was lucky enough to join her for a day sail out of Falmouth and I am very pleased to say that I was more than impressed with t...
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Tecla in Greenland
10/08/17
Tecla has arrived in Greenland!
8 months 2 weeks ago
Tecla has arrived in Greenland! "The 29th we wake up at anchor in Hornvik, the most NW point of the Hornstrandir. Yesterday was a perfect opportunity for a hike along the famous bird cliffs. Beautiful view across the Greenland Strait teeming with bird life. In the explosion of flowers hide the arcti...
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Maybe during her launch in 1929 History
26/07/17
Historic News Article on Gaff Ketch Maybe from Yachting World and Motor Boating Journal May 12th 1933
9 months 1 day ago
Maybe has a rather famous history, take a look at this news article here to read an original article from May 12th 1933 speaking about her recent launch and the structure of the ship.  A History of Gaff Ketch Maybe Gaff Ketch Maybe has lived through it all. In 1929 she was launched and since then s...
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