Orkney to England Sailing Holiday
What To Expect From This Sailing Holiday
How this voyage plays out is all dependent on the weather. We could spend a day sailing in Orkney or head straight off south for an overnight passage down the East Coast Of Scotland. Whichever way it goes you will get plenty of sea milesand time on the helm. Places we might visit include Wick, Fraserburgh and Eyemouth. Maybe we’ll anchor off the Farne Islands if the weather is right.
This is a passage making voyage with over night sailing. You will be part of the watch system on board. If you have never stood a night watch try reading Standing The Night Watch – an account written by a Trinovante crewmember.
If you haven’t already check out Offshore Sailing
I have spent most of my sailing time in modern yachts of various sizes but having the helm of a 3 masted schooner under full sail is an experience like no other.
Kirkwall was established by the Vikings in the 11th Century.
Ever since we bought a copy of Orkneyinga Viking Saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney) for Trinovante’s library and then realised how many prehistoric villages, ancient tombs, ruined palaces and standing stones there were in Orkney we have wanted to return.
Orkney also has fine beaches and many other attractions and Stromness is worth a visit.
In our opinion it is a top place to visit with plenty to do and definitely worth extending your holiday by having a couple of days here before you join the ship.
A volcanic plug island at the entrance to the Firth of Forth Bass Rock was once a retreat for Christian hermits.
Today it is home to the worlds largest colony of northern gannets along with a host of other birds. Trinovante can get quite close because the rock has sheer sides. How close you want to get we can decide on the day. The noise and smell are quite something.
Hopefully Trinovante will be able stop here. An active fishing port with an unusual ‘tunnel’ entrance and cliff top walks Eyemouth has a distinctive crouching gargoyle rock at the entrance which can only be seen from the sea.
There is also a friendly harbour seal, fresh lobster and langoustines and fine haggis from the local butchers.
The Port Of Whitby
A picture postcard, bustling, seaside town nestled in a hollow in the surrounding moors landscape, Whitby is now known for the many festivals that run year round, coastal walks, fossils, jet jewellery, the 199 very steep steps leading to a ruined abbey that overlooks all the activity below and most importantly for the seafarer the massive stone breakwaters that protect the entrance to the harbour.
Originally a coal and whaling port, for the sailor this harbour is notable as the place where Captain Cooks Endevour was originally built as the ship rigged collier Earl of Pembroke. There is a now replica Endevour in the port.
Trinovante always gets lots of attention in Whitby.
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing, passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
Voyages In Date Order