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Fri 05-08-2022, 18:00Kirkwall, Orkney Sat 13-08-2022, 10:00Whitby Trinovante 8 NightsTR050822

East Coast Adventure

Kirkwall to Whitby in Yorkshire. Explore the Orkney Islands and the East Coast of Scotland, the Farne Islands as you head south to Whitby. This is a passage making voyage with over night sailing. You will be part of the watch system on board.

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  • Vessel

Ideal for ….

  • Bird watching
  • long sea passages
  • Night Sailing
  • Watch Keeping


Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
Guest Berths 8
Beam 4.4m 14ft 6ins
Draft 2.1m
Deck Length 21m 70ft
Overall Length 23.9m 80ft
Year Built 1994
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Voyage Description

Orkney to Whitby in Yorkshire


Eastern adventure

10 Nights and days to sail just over 320 miles so not a huge distance required per day. This means you can expect concentrated patches of sailing followed by breaks in safe harbours or anchorages anywhere between Orkney and Whitby.

But where you stop will be the decision of the skipper and his understanding of the wind for the period of the voyage.


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.

It is well worth having a few days extra in Kirkwall if you have time. There are lots of day trips worth doing from Kirkwall including several stone circles and two sites run by Historic Scotland

Getting ready to set the topsail on a schooner.

Wick, Bass Rock, Eyemouth Harbour and possibly Lindisfarne.

These are the sort of places Trinovante likes to visit.


Previously a bustling fishing port, Wick now has a marina and services the offshore wind farm industry. We think the main attraction is the walk south along the cliffs and beach where there are large rock-pools and easily seen areas of fossilised, sand-rippled ancient beach.


A volcanic plug island at the entrance to the Firth of Forth Bass Rock  was once a retreat for Christian hermits.

Today it is home to the worlds largest colony of northern gannets along with a host of other birds. Trinovante can get quite close because the rock has sheer sides. How close you want to get we can decide on the day. The noise and smell are quite something but gannets are the most beautiful seabirds.

Trinovante alongside Eyemouth.


Hopefully Trinovante will be able stop here. An active fishing port (or at least it was before Brexit) with an unusual ‘tunnel’ entrance and cliff top walks, Eyemouth has a distinctive crouching gargoyle rock at the entrance which can only be seen from the sea.

There are also a friendly harbour seals, fresh lobster and langoustines and fine haggis from the local butchers.

Lindisfarne, (Holy Island) and the Farne Islands are a slim possibility.


A picture postcard, bustling, seaside town nestled in a hollow in the surrounding moors landscape, Whitby is now known for the many festivals that run year round, coastal walks, fossils, jet jewellery,  the 199 very steep steps leading to a ruined abbey that overlooks all the activity below and most importantly for the seafarer the massive stone breakwaters that protect the entrance to the harbour.

Originally a coal and whaling port, for the sailor this harbour is notable as the place where Captain Cooks Endevour  was originally built as the ship rigged collier Earl of Pembroke.  There is a now replica Endevour in the port.

Trinovante always gets lots of attention in Whitby.

Whitby Harbour Entrance
Whitby Harbour Entrance

Start & End Port

Kirkwall, Orkney


Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots
  • waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.


Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.



A welcome in oak


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 And 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 and Alastair

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