Climate Change

Travel Advice for Eco Sailing Holidays

drink in the sunset over the eastern rocks

Classic Sailing’s Part.

World Class low carbon travel.

We have always known that all our sailing holidays are a very eco-friendly way to travel. In fact the time you spend sailing you are creating less carbon than when you are ashore. Wind powered transport has been at the heart of Classic Sailings Eco-Policy since 1999.

The real travel eco-heroes.

In a book just published ‘Sustainable Travel’ by Holly Tuppen she describes sailing as the real travel eco-heroes.

Look at the table and you will see the second lowest carbon footprint is for Foot Passengers on a ferry. I assume they mean a fossil fuel powered ferry. 19grams per Kilometre.

I think it likely that our wind powered sailing holidays will produce a similar amount of carbon per kilometer when you take into account, generators for navigation and safety equipment, cooking, manoeuvring into and out of harbour. Definitely the best way to travel.

Carbon Footprint comparisons UK 2018

Short Voyages

If you’re joining a short voyage it is hoped that you won’t have travelled by plane to get to your voyage.
If you travel by train or coach your carbon balance of travel and sailing holiday will be similar overall to your normal level of carbon usage at home for the same amount of time.

Longer voyages

If you’re joining a long voyage it is likely that you will have travelled by plane to get to your voyage. (Full marks to you if you have used ground level public transport.)

You are spending more time at sea and so there could be a balance between your overall travel and sailing carbon emissions compared to a similar time ashore.

Read more here – Top Tips on making travel more eco-friendly

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