Sailing Breaks and Tasters
Always Superb Value for Money on a Classic Sailing Holiday
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Any day sail, weekend break or 3-4 day short voyage on our traditional boats and tall ships make an ideal taster experience for beginners. If it’s your first voyage you will not be expected to understand all that goes on immediately. There is full training throughout the voyage but as guest crew you are learning by doing - so its fun and you hardly notice the steep learning curve. In no time at all you will be pulling on ropes and taking an active part in all the sailing as if you had been sailing for years. Classic Sailing currently offer more short breaks on classic boats and tall ships than any other UK traditional boat operator so we hope our website will be your first port of call whenever you want to escape 21st Century life ashore.
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See our selection of the 10 Best Short Breaks in 2014 with a real mix of themes and types of vessel.
Classic Sailing was selected by Lonely Planet Magazine under the category 10 Best Weekend Courses for 2010. We are rather pleased to be in their overall list of 52 best weekends away too, although some of these are really pushing the boundary of what you can do in a 'weekend'
Our pilot cutter 2-3 day breaks on Eve of St Mawes in Cornwall, Lizzie May in Western Scotland and Annabel J in the Solent are featured in the Lonely Planet magazine January 2010 issue.
In Cornwall Eve of St Mawes has been developing short breaks for the longest of all our fleet. Eve runs her classic 3 day tasters and themed breaks from Sailing and Painting holidays to Wind Power Challenge - sailing without an engine, Sailing and Walking combinations, marine photography workshops, Women go Wild, Wild Swimming, Beach cleans and wildlife spotting, gaff sailing master classes. Newest voyage is a Health and Fitness voyage - a sort of Nautical Boot Camp...not as scarey as it sounds.
We have four pilot cutters strategically based in the best sailing areas around the UK - Southern Cornwall, Western Scotland & the Solent. All three areas have a great mix of exciting coastal sailing and more sheltered tidal waters to explore. Westcountry trading ketch Bessie Ellen sails a lot in the Westcountry this year offering day sails and short trips or join large gaff cutter Eda Frandsen in Cornwall for 2-3 day voyages. New 3 masted lugger Grayhound has a few day sails and weekend breaks available.
Now we are not going to pretend that a mini break in Iceland is cheap, but the flights to Reykjavik from the UK are very competitive. A great way of packing everything that is best about Iceland in a 2-4 day break is to join one of our Icelandic wooden schooners Hildur or Haukur. Sailing from Husavik, these are the ships that have pioneered whale watching in Iceland. Where else could you sail a gaffed rigged schooner with English speaking guides, spot blue and humpback whales in Skjalfandi Bay, see 200 000 puffins, cruise the mountainous NE coast, set foot within the Arctic Circle, eat on board and ashore at partner resturants and get a free ticket to a whaling museum ....all in a 2 or 3 day voyage ? To start your voyage you also have to fly accross this amazing landscape in a 20 seater aircraft from Reykjavik to Husavik. What an amazing special treat to share with a loved one.
The beauty of our short breaks is that we provide a mini adventure in an unusual environment with so many experiences thrown in that they always feel like you have been away for more than a few days. All you need to do is book and turn up with enough clothing for an active outdoor weekend and a sleeping bag. We provide accomodation on board, waterproofs if you need them, 3 freshly cooked meals (special diets catered for), full instruction and a sailors view of our local coastline, wildlife and maritime history. You provide the human power and teamwork to sail our inspiring vessels to the next destination under sail. The planet will thank you too for leaving the car behind for a few days.
For a more authentic experience of life at sea on a proper large sailing ship you need to spend a night or two aboard, climb aloft to work the sails, experience an anchor watch or steer a sailing ship under the stars. We never seem to have enough short sailing breaks and weekends around the British Coast, so you do need to sign up early. You can become the crew on a tall ship for 2-4 days, sailing the coastline of Britain and often an overnight passage to a port in France, Ireland, Belgium or the Netherlands.
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