Passage making & mile building

Need more miles? Want to cross an ocean?
Are you looking for more miles to help with qualifications? Do you want more time on the water, or just want to experience what its like to spend time cruising at sea? Then our passage making, mile building trips are a great, fun way to start.

For your peace of mind, Skyelark is fully coded to Category 0, licensed to charter anywhere in the world, and as such meets stringent regulations on safety equipment, crew qualifications and medical supplies carried.

Offshore passage & Yachtmaster ocean qualifier:
Southampton, UK to Cascais, Portugal via Spanish Rias - 30th September-10th October 2018 (870nm)
Join from 16:00 on the 30th September.

This passage is a great way to get into ocean sailing and experience life onboard for days at a time. Setting sail from Southampton we hop down the Solent to Yarmouth for a familiarisation and crew shake down, before heading out down the English channel and across the Bay of Biscay. This 4 or 5 day passage brings us to the Rias of Northern Spain, known for fine seafood, tapas and Rioja. After exploring for a few days we head down the Portugese coast to Cascais. Ports enroute may include Plymouth, Camaret, La Corunna and Bayona depending on the weather and timings. This is grown up sailing, with a splash of sightseeing and adventure.
£995 per person.

Offshore passage & Yachtmaster ocean qualifier:
Cascais, Portugal to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - 14th-24th October 2018 (700nm)
Join from 16:00 on the 14th October.

Departing from Cascais we will head down the Portuguese coast to the Algarve for a weather dependant pit stop somewhere lovely, before pushing out into the Atlantic to the Canary Islands. The water gets bluer, the trade winds set in and of course the sun shines (well, usually...) It should be a pleasant downwind passage and a real taste of ocean adventuring. If we have a fast passage then there may well be time to call in at Lanzarote on the way to Las Palmas.
£995 per person.

Ocean passage: transatlantic Antigua to Southampton - Early May-Early June 2019 (3600nm)

Join Skyelark as she comes back across the pond in May 2019. This passage departs from Antigua and includes a brief stop in the Azores, before heading on to Southampton. There will be the opportunity to take some time to explore the beautiful and dramatic island of Faial and for the adventurous why not climb Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal! We will then set sail again, and would expect it to take around 10 days to Southampton.

This 3600nm passage should take just under a month, and is suitable for those wishing to qualify for their Ocean Yachtmaster certificate.
£2,995 per person.

These passages are long enough to get settled into the routine of life at sea - far from the cares of normality! You will participate in all onboard duties and watches, a valuable training experience for anyone doing the ARC or dreaming of heading further afield.

Accommodation on board will be provided free of charge between legs for those wishing to complete both passages. Cascais makes an excellent base for land explorations to Lisbon, Porto, Sintra and even the Algarve.

If you are interested in booking a place on any of these passages, please get in touch!

Key Facts

What's included:

  • Qualified and experienced skipper and first mate.
  • Category 0 coded yacht, licensed to charter anywhere in the world.
  • Full Category A medical kit.
  • All onboard expenses.
  • All customs and crew fees.
  • Onboard food and drinks.
  • Tuition and guidance from Ocean Yachtmaster & Yachtmaster Instructor.
  • Use of sextant and navigation tables.
  • All safety equipment.
  • Fuel and gas.

What's not included:

  • Flights and transfers.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Wet weather gear.