|Fri 02-06-2023, 16:00Kirkwall, Orkney||Fri 09-06-2023, 10:00Kirkwall, Orkney||Trinovante||7 Nights||TR020623|
The best way to see Orkney is by sail and it has to be one of the best island adventures you can think of this summer.
With 7 days to play with, the Skipper and Crew will plan the itinerary to make the most of the conditions, and with the long summer days you’ll have plenty of daylight for exploring. This trip will be a lovely balance of shoreside adventures and some of the best island-hopping sailing the UK has to offer.
Established by the Vikings in the 11th Century Kirkwall was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga Viking Saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney). We have a copy on board for those who fancy a topical read.
The dominant feature of the town is the cathedral founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of St Magnus who was martyred in Orkney. Otherwise, you can enjoy a wander in the busy shopping centre on the stone slabbed streets, visit the Orkney museum, The Bishops and Earls Palace and of course there is a distillery in the town!
There will be plenty of time to explore ashore during this 7 night trip. The rough plan would be to have at least two full-day stopovers on one of the many beautiful islands. You can walk ashore, hire bikes and really get the feel for the remote island communities.
You will also enjoy lots of great sailing, learning the ropes from the crew and savouring the unique perspective on the islands you get by sailing among them.
Expect anchoring in out-of-the-way-places, exploring wild stretches ashore (bring good walking shoes!). You might visit Westray, Stronsay and Shapinsay, or sail round to Stromness and into Scapa Flow. The options are endless so the Skipper and crew can make the most of the weather conditions at the time.
Foul Weather Waterproofs
Very warm insulated water-proof flotation suits suitable for colder conditions. These will keep you toasty warm on Offshore Night Watches and sailing in Norway
Fantastic scenery Shetland and Orkney Fair Isle Westray good weather and fair winds. Instructions very clear safety in mind at all times. Food cooked by Sue was wonderful we had crab and fresh fish as a treat. Crew were also very friendly and helpful. Would love another voyage !
I have spent most of my sailing time in modern yachts of various sizes but having the helm of a 3 masted schooner under full sail is an experience like no other.
Thanks for a truly memorable weekend! The sailing experience and tuition were first class: I enjoyed the companionship very much: all that under the leadership of two people talented and thoroughly pleasant in equal measure. It was a privilege. Thank you again. And the megastar was Trinovante – what a ship!
“Food, laughter and space were all in generous supply,
as were the opportunities to learn as much or as little as you chose.
Thanks Su and John the tapestry of life is richer for having sailed with you.”
We have loved it all from being at the helm, hoisting sail, fixing fenders and weighing the anchor.
Just a note of thanks for the fabulous time I had aboard Trinovante across the North Sea. I think it mended something in me I hadn’t realised was broken. Of course the reason it’s so good is the way you make us incompetent crew able to share a part of your life.
The scenery was stunning. We moored or anchored in a series of small harbours and bays keeping our eyes open for wildlife. Sharing a beer on deck as the sun slowly sank over the silent scene will be an enduring memory.
Stuart & Sara
What a great time I had with you and my fellow crew members last weekend.
I really enjoyed being part of a small and friendly group and being hands-on with the sailing manoeuvres.
Thanks for a fantastic week..
It is the skill of a successful host to take a gang of disparate (desperate?) folk and turn them into a group of friends – Well done!
We are thoroughly bitten by the bug and would like to have another go next year
Chris & Alastair
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