Cross Channel sailing holiday

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Fundamental to our values is a kindness, respect and care for others. This is mirrored in our respect for the natural world that we encounter on our travels.
We travel by the power of the wind and will only use engine assistance in case of real need. This leaves a much lower environmental footprint than with large cruise ships and we have less impact when we are ashore.

We partner with My Green Trip, a social association, which will provide us with kits for removing plastic and other garbage when we see it and we will encourage all our guests to participate, raising their awareness of this important subject. We ask guests not to bring single-use plastics and do not provide items containing them on our trips.

We sail mainly using wind power, to reduce the impact on the environment.

We source products locally before we sail, preferring to buy product loose where possible to avoid unnecessary packaging. Each participant is asked to join in the preparation of meals and this means we have healthy, freshly produced meals on board. Any packaging is stored and prepared for collection at the end of the trip, for responsible disposal.

We fill containers with water at the marina sufficient for the length of the trip. Any additional water for drinking is purchased in large packs and we ask participants to bring their own refillable containers for drinking water. No plastic drinking straws are allowed and we avoid unnecessary plastic goods like straws, stirrers.

We support the marina in Hamble by mooring there and paying mooring fees. We visit Guernsey, which is a signatory to the Ramsar convention for wetland protection and we like the fact that the state has restricted bay development
as a consequence. We are sensitive to sailing in these areas, respecting the wildlife in an area of rich bio diversity. We may visit the little island of Sark, which bans cars and where horse drawn transport is allowed!

We ask all our clients to treat water as a precious commodity on board, bathrooms are shared and time spent in the shower kept to a minimum. Toilets are hand pumped which reduces the amount of water used. Non bio-degradable cosmetics are not permitted on board, we ask clients to travel light and pack only essential toiletries for the journey.

We support local cultural attractions, such as the Maritime Museum at Buckler's Head. We prioritise visiting attractions and eateries which are run by local people and avoid any performing animal events.

By visiting remote and uninhabited bays as well as historic, inspiring towns, such as Cherbourg, we want to show people the beauty of our planet. We want people to be inspired to stay out in the nature and therefore learn to appreciate and respect it.

Once participants sail and feel the wind, once participants hike and watch sunsets together and see the beauty of the surrounding area, once participants see the clear night sky with thousands of stars, once participants do all these for a week, every day, they learn that our world is really unique and needs preservation.

The Impacts of this Trip

We believe that the sailing is a very effective way of building confidence and team working skills and the structure of the holiday allows solo travellers to join at no supplemental cost. A mix of solos, couples and small groups sets the basis for an enjoyable holiday, where we learn from and help each other during the week.

We tread lightly in the places we visit and make a priority to support attractions that directly benefit local people, such as the Maritime Museum at Buckler's Head. We avoid international and chain type establishments. We prefer family run restaurants. They create a great atmosphere for our clients and we know that every penny will go to local people.

We like to talk about local cultures and teach the participants what we know about local ways of living. We try to be very realistic and not idealise islander’s life style. Despite that participants of our trips tend to be inspired to change their habits, slow down and socialize more in their lives.

We want to educate people about power of their money and tell them where to shop for the money to go to the locals in the highest possible amount. We try to educate them about importance of locally sourced produce, re-cycling practices, environmental footprint and marine life preservation.

Participants of our trips tend to say that our trips are eye-opening and life changing for them at very many different levels. Please read our reviews (on our website) and learn for yourself.


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