Whether you’ve never stepped foot on a boat or like us you’re avid sailors we have the ultimate sailing adventure for you. This is a three (3) legged trip – a choose your own adventure, you can come and join us for leg one, leg two, leg three, mix and match or join us for all of it!
Sometimes sailing is purely about relaxing and exploring with the focus on wining, dining and a little sailing between destinations. This trip however focuses more on sailing and adventure and is generally suited to those who have sailed previously. You will expected to be an active participant in all areas of sailing and keeping the vessel in good condition as well as cooking and cleaning. Of course once when we finish sailing each day, we will revert to our modus operandi of focusing on wining and dining. Starting from Gran Canaria, we’ll sail around the magnificent Canary Islands to Morocco. We’ll explore a number of amazing cities along the Moroccan coast before sailing up through the Strait of Gibraltar to the Rock.
The yacht, insurance, bedding, fuel
Professional skipper (RYA Yachtmaster)
Dinghy & Outboard for zipping ashore
Spinnaker for some fast downwind sailing
Sailing and navigation lessons from a qualified RYA instructor
Some of the best new friends you'll ever meet
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Start in Gran Canaria
Visits to Lanzarote and the towns of Agadir, Casablanca and Gibraltar
Guidance and training from an RYA instructor
Gain valuable mileage experience towards your Coastal/Yachtmaster certifications
12 days and nights of Adventure Sailing & exploring
Fully coded 5 cabin, 3 head cruising yacht coded for offshore sailing
Experience serious sailing, battle the elements as we face the Atlantic swell
Visit some of the most iconic places in the Canary islands, Morocco and Gibraltar
Learn all aspects of offshore sailing including night shifts, navigation and survival at sea.
Arrive into Gran Canaria meet the Crew and provision the boat. The skipper and 2nd mate will undertake a myriad of safety checks for the boat and brief the crew about protocols including Man Over Board and night sailing. Nothing is left to chance and having an RYA instructor means we can delve into aspects of safety and sailing as taught by RYA approved sailing schools.
We set sail early in the morning on the Saturday from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and head north passing the volcanic island of Fuerteventura. This area of the Atlantic is famous for dolphins and other marina life so keep your eyes peeled. Starting as we mean to go on, the first day includes an overnight sail to get us into the newest Canary island La Graciosa, North Lanzarote early morning on Sunday. Enjoy exploring the empty beaches of the island that was said to have inspired Treasure Island, before we bed down for the night.
In true pirate style, we leave this beautiful island just after sunrise, before traversing East across the Atlantic. This adventure is not for the faint hearted, so hold on tight fellow sailors as we set sail for 2 days n the open ocean. For those who like their adventures BIG, this will be the highlight of the trip. You will learn all aspects of offshore sailing including night shifts, navigation and general survival at sea. Your lead skipper will reinforce protocols around sailing keeping safe throughout the journey before setting off. Following the most challenging and rewarding sail we’ll arrive into Agadir before sunset. There is nothing that beats the exoticness of arriving in to Morocco by boat!
A well earned rest in the costal town of Agadir will be in order. You can spend this non-sailing day soaking up the Moroccan sights, senses and smells of Agadir. Sit and watch the surfers battle the waves, visit the historical Kasbah, shop local products in the souks, sample the local delicacies, tagines, pastries and sip on Moroccan mint tea. If you’re still up for even more activities then how does a camel ride sound?
We’ll have breakfast in port and then depart mid-morning, following the North African coastline up towards Casablanca. We have another overnight sail before we arrive into the iconic Casablanca. This mythical place that exists in a dream inspired by the 1942 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Casablanca is a hotbed of fascinating architecture. Architecture buffs will geek out on the city’s diverse building styles, from Art Deco to radically modern. We’ll take in the vibrant colours, smell the spices, marvel at the architecture during a non-sailing day in this lively city – not to mention getting our shopping fix in the city’s many souks.
For the final stint of Leg One our final overnight sail sees us setting off from Casablanca and sailing north along the Moroccan coast. It’s an active area for fishing vessels and known for sea life. Another night at sea and dawn on the morning of Day 11 will see us arrive at the Straits of Gibraltar and will cross over the European side passing the windiest city in the world (Tarifa). A half day sail along the straits of Gibraltar before proudly arriving in the Rock.
Sailing almost 1000nm across the Atlantic Ocean in no mean feat, so landing in Gibraltar and the Med is reason for a celebration.
After an epic 12 days at sea a non-sailing day in Gibraltar is well and truly deserved! If your legs will carry you, no trip to Gibraltar is complete without a walk up the rock – look out from the top and back at the epic trip we’ll have just completed. If that doesn’t make you feel on top of the world, I don’t know what will!
The best option is to fly into the international airport of Las Palmas. You can fly from most airports in the UK, Birmingham is particularly cheap. Las Palmas also has great connections across Europe.
From the airport there are two options to get to the port – Puerto de la Luz . Option 1, bus from the airport which takes 40 minutes and cost 5 to 8 Euros or Option 2, taxi which takes 20 minutes and costs 10-15 Euros per person. You’re bound to be on the same flight as a host of other people, so don’t worry too much about the transfers until closer to your arrival.
We’ll be having a briefing day on Friday 19th April, so please arrive for 12:00pm. There are a number of flights that arrive in to Las Palmas on the Friday morning, or extend your trip and get a flight in the night before.
Return wise, we’ll be arriving in to Gibraltar in the afternoon of 29th April. We usually celebrate our epic trip that evening so we’d suggest flying back on Tuesday 30th April.
There are many airlines that fly to Las Palmas and Gibraltar including:
Our suggested flights:
Friday 19th April
06:30 London Luton to Las Palmas 11:00
Thursday 18th April
10:30 London Stansted to Las Palmas 15:50
Tuesday 30th April
11:30 Gibraltar to London Luton 13:25
British Airways £64
Tuesday 30th April
12:00 Gibraltar to London Heathrow 18:25