Take your sailing to the next level in tidal waters...
For January 2019 we are launching our brand new Tidal Mile Builder Sailing Trip in the sunny Canary Islands! This is a fantastic opportunity to take your sailing to the next level in tidal waters and to gain invaluable experience on board a Dufour 41.1 (2017) with guidance from our most experienced RYA Instructors Pete and Will. Whether you're looking to get more miles under your belt towards an RYA Yachtmaster qualification or if you're just keen to get as much wind in your sails as possible while exploring new waters, this is without a doubt the adventure for you!
What's on offer?
We have 12 crew spaces available that are spread over two identical yachts, each of which will have our most experienced Yacht master instructors on board.
Yachts: 2017 Dufour 41.1
How much experience do I need?
You need a minimum of an RYA Day Skipper Practical or higher.
Where will we be sailing?
Start and finish base - Tenerife, Las Galletas/Marina del Sur
What date is the programme running?
12th - 26th January 2019
How much does it cost?
£1,995 per person
What's included in the price?
- Crew space on board a 2017 Dufour 41.1, 12th – 26th Jan.
- Instruction and Guidance from our Sailing Holidays Yachtmaster instructors for the two weeks.
- All food and (non-alcoholic) drinks whilst on board yacht.
- Marina fees
- Safety equipment - Lifejackets, harnesses, auxiliary anchor, distress flares, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, floating line, lifebuoy, liferaft and the main anchor.
- Charts and navigation equipment.
- Blue water and Coastal sailing.
- Winter sunshine!
Meet your RYA Instructors
Pete - Chief RYA YM Instructor
"I started sailing on family holidays in the Solent but didn't take up sailing professionally until I joined Sailing Holidays. Having done a couple of Flotillas with Sailing Holidays in the 90’s and 00’s, I slowly gained experience sailing with my father and friends out of Christchurch in Dorset on a 22ft yacht. This slowly lead to me becoming qualified. I sailed to Lanzarote from Portugal in 2005 on a Victoria 33, a month later I sailed it across the Atlantic to St Lucia. Although a great experience, the conditions were not challenging. We arrived in Rodney Bay after 571 hours at sea and it was raining on arrival at 3am.
I've been with Sailing Holidays for 11 years in total. I started off as a flotilla skipper and went on to do three seasons on the water exploring Croatia, the Saronic Islands and the Faraway Islands just North of Corfu. In my fourth year I was looking after the company's largest yacht Kalokeri (Beneteau 52.3) doing Skippered Charter trips in the Ionian Islands. Since then I joined the RYA team as a Cruising Instructor, two years later I qualified as a Yachtmaster Instructor and became Chief Instructor for the Company and have been in this role for the past five years."
Will - RYA YM Instructor
"I have been sailing for the past 20 years and in 2000 I bought an 11m yacht with my partner and sailed from Gibraltar to Turkey. I lived on board for 16 years and now I'm settled living and working in Corfu. I have worked as a delivery skipper through the years with many trips to and from the Mediterranean and the UK. My longest passage was sailing across the Atlantic on a yacht with no engine or electronics. My favourite sailing area would have to be the North Sicily Coast as it's remote and full of small quiet towns with a range of fantastic food. I've been with Sailing Holidays for 16 years and I have been a qualified RYA Instructor for 4 years."
What are the aims of this Mile Builder?
- Weather permitting we aim to achieve 600 - 800 nautical miles over the two weeks, that’s a lot of open water sailing! This works out at about 60 nautical miles every 24 hours.
- As many skipper passages as possible for each student, all signed off by our instructors, 1 skipper passage guaranteed (although hoping to sign off 2 skipper passages per student!).
- Day and Night sailing, sailing 60 – 80 hours at a time with a mixture of rest breaks on the Islands.
- Visit as many of the Canary Islands as possible, there are 7 altogether to explore (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro).
- Learning how to implement watch systems which will be in place throughout the fortnight.
- Learn how to prepare yachts for offshore sailing, provisioning and safety.
- Take your sailing to the next level with the instruction and guidance of our RYA instructors and build tidal miles which will help you gain confidence and experience sailing in a variety of exciting conditions.
Life on board
- We are offering crew spaces on this trip, not separate cabins. Each yacht will have 7 people on board including the instructors and the instructors will have their own cabins. This leaves two cabins plus 2 sleeping spaces in the saloon on each yacht for 6 crew spaces.
- For the majority of the two weeks the crew will be on a watch system, there will never be 6 people sleeping down below at the same time until they pull into a harbour for a day’s rest and stock up.
- The general boat duties (cooking and cleaning) will be split between the crew and integrated into the watch system throughout the trip.
- This is a fantastic opportunity to get to experience some proper sailing in a variety of exhilarating conditions throughout the day and night!
What kind of weather can we expect?
You can expect an average air temperature of anything between 19°c and 21°c at this time of year, it's also perfect for a dip in the sea at a welcoming 19°c. Not only is it a great time to catch some winter rays, but the wind is usually from the north east and with an occasional south easterly wind from Africa! The local WAZ (Wind Acceleration Zone) which you find between the islands makes for some exciting sailing. Worried about rain? No need! There's usually only 3 rainy days on average in January in these islands.