Sailing Journeys for GAP Year, Mid Life Crisis & Career Breaks

Longer voyages


Are you ready to run away to sea for a adult career break or a GAP year before university. It doesn’t matter if you are having a mid life crisis, want to live life differently, save the planet, or just travel the world. You know when its time for a change. 

Classic Sailing offers wanderlust with wind and water. You don’t have to be a sailor, but you will soon become one. Occasionally we Circumnavigations around the whole world, but we have a huge variety of ocean sailing legs that get you to exciting land destinations too. We have Trans Atlantic voyages both North and South of the Equator, long passages to and from South America and the Caribbean, and sailing voyages that help others or save the planet.

A month or more on a tall ship or traditional boat gives a unique time to reflect and talk with people of all ages and nationalities, as well as the challenge of living as part of a close shipboard community sailing one of the last great wildernesses.

GAP Year or Change of Lifestyle

Taking the plunge and stepping off the treadmill is tempting to us all. Who hasn’t looked jealously at school leavers going off travelling before university and wished they could take a GAP year – satisfy some wanderlust and follow a few dreams.

You are not alone in wanting a career break or a GAP year…..and it need not be as long as 12 months to rejuvenate you. About one in five of the 200 000 people surveyed who took a gap year were adult professionals. This makes your GAP year travelling very acceptable.

Please be aware …. this experience might change your life.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”

Mark Twain

GAP Years for Adults – It should be Compulsory!

The Prudential did a study into work/life patterns and discovered that 1.4 million of the working population have already taken steps to simplify their lives and a further one million or so 35-54 year olds are making serious plans to ‘downshift’.

Our skippers have listened to many of our sailing customers expressing a wish to change their work – life balance…..but sometimes they need a decent break away from everyday pressures- meeting new people with different values to really believe they can make long term changes.

How to Prepare for a long Voyage.

Read a brilliant article on getting ready for a long voyage. Including how to get time off and sabbatical leave.

Getting ready for a long voyage


Typical Gap Year or Career Break Triggers 

Do you recognise any of the following feelings: Burn out, guilt at excess and affluence, sensory overload, mid life crisis(es), freedom from responsibilities, retirement, needing new sense of purpose or fulfilment, children flown the nest, retirement, no need to work, shaking out the cobwebs, once in a lifetime goals, can now afford to travel.

Linking Voyages

Looking for a longer voyage – maybe you can link voyages to cross Oceans and experience different continents.

Longer Voyages



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