Leg 12/2016

4 – approx 12 Aug Porto (Portugal) – Lymington (The Solent/UK), 600+ nm nonstop RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Leg


Crossing the bay of Biscay is in the dreams of many sailors. Not many sail training boats or charter vessels offer this, since it means that the boat in question needs to comply to stringent rules.e.g. the MCA MGN280 rules, and be coded for commercial offshore sailing. Regina Laska does fulfil all safety rules for crossing the Bay of Biscay and thus I can offer this type of offshore sailing.

This leg is more special than this! If you are planning to take the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Exam one day, you first need to have done an ocean sailing leg covering more than 600 nm nonstop sailing. It is not necessary to hold a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate to join this leg (however you need to be a Yachtmaster Offshore when taking the RYA Ocean exam later). It is, however, highly advisable that you are an experienced sailor before joining this leg, e.g. having experienced at least one non-stop sailing covering more than 100 nm on a previous Reginasailing leg.

We will start from Porto, Portugal, as soon as weather permits and can assume that the first day or two will be upwind sailing on a northwesterly course into the Atlantic. As soon as we encounter the hoped for southwesterlies we will turn north and northeast to head for England. Advanced weather routing, both from ashore as well as onboard weather interpretation of synoptic charts, routing software and satellite communication will be used to allow for a safe and quick crossing. Further, celestial navigation will form a major part of navigation.

The leg ends when we arrive in Lymington. It is not very easy to predict the exact date of landfall, but we will try to make it by 13 August, which is highly dependent on when we can leave Porto and how directly we can set course to England due to weather.

Price: EUR 1750 per person including all food consumed onboard, harbour fees, diesel etc