High summer sailing and exploring in the Orkney Islands
Offshore sailing can mean any passage that takes you out of sight of land or more than 12 miles offshore and lasts for more than 12 hours. If you have landed here looking for a definition of offshore sailing for insurance purposes do not take this or any other definition for granted – make sure you read our notes on buying sailing holiday insurance.
On Trinovante offshore sailing means the crew go into watches, usually two watches which change every four to six hours. As one of the crew you will be allocated to one of the watches. Any time Trinovante is out for more than a day sail there will be a watch system. With SchoonerSail, offshore voyages can be anything from 60 to 800 miles lasting from 24 hours to a week.
Sailing offshore is a time of contemplation and wonder. Helming at 3am in the morning across the sea with a clear sky and the North Star to guide you is the most beautiful thing in the world. When you reach land after a 5 day passage you don’t want to get off the ship.
Horizons are wide offshore, often there is just the ship, the crew and the sea. Entering the routine of life at onboard and feeling a separateness from everyday life on land brings a sense of freedom. The thrill of being visited by dolphins, seeing shooting stars, the challenge of being at sea, and the excitement of the first sighting of land, all will leave you with a memory of having lived life to the full.
An account of the writers first time on an offshore voyage and standing a night watch.
Written by professional author Laura Watts who sailed offshore on Trinovante from Ipswich to Denmark. Laura had previously sailed on a coastal voyage in Arctic Norway.
Yes, plenty of people do.
You only need to be looking for adventure and fulfill the basic physical fitness requirements. We are not talking superhero here, merely a reasonable level of agility.
My first ever sailing trip was from Bergen. Never sailed before, but looking for an adventure. Didn’t get off to a good start when I asked Su which end of the boat was the front. It could only go uphill from there.
You will find Trinovante much more comfortable in a sea way than a yacht, and a pleasure to sail.
Trinovante is more lively and responsive than larger vessels. With smaller crew numbers, you will get to be much more involved with everything that happens onboard. Including plenty of time on the helm.
Hmm. It can be rough offshore, wet and windy. Our terms and conditions warn that conditions can be both physically and mentally challenging. Once you are out at sea there is no option to get off.
Offshore sailing is not for everyone. It’s our idea of a good experience but is it yours?
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