From time to time we bring our school yacht Cambrinus cruising. This Bavaria 46 Holiday will accommodate up to eight sailors and a skipper. These types of cruises are not done on a commercial basis and Cambrinus does not hold a passenger boat license. Crew will just be required to contribute towards food on board/fuel/harbour dues/running costs and the like, which works out at €60 per day or €420 for a weeks cruising. This is a great way to enjoy the pleasures of cruising without breaking the bank. Cambrinus has all the necessary safety equipment for cruising which includes : VHF/DSC, AIS, 2 Liferafts both (ISO 9650-1) EPIRB, Flares, and Life Jackets. There’s always lots to learn while living aboard and its a great way to combine a holiday with some practical sailing experience and build up those sea miles while meeting like minded people. It’s worth seeing if your travel insurance will cover you for yacht cruising should you get ill. All cruises are subject to change and based on the most updated weather forecasts. Crew comfort, safety and ability comes before the cruise itinerary.
Here is some of our upcoming cruises:
Saturday to Saturday 7-14 May 2022 Croatia (Dubrovnik)
Fulmar Fever Cardigan Bay Cruise 15th – 21st July, 2018
For my first sailing experience I could not have been in better company, or aboard a better yacht than ‘Fulmar Fever’ winner (in its class) of the 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race. Skipper Robert Marchant and crew members Alan Coleman and his lovely fiancé Amy were highly experienced sailors and a very welcoming crew.
We sat sail from Wicklow Harbour on Sunday 15th having first collected Robert’s Trophy from the Wicklow Harbour Yacht Club. Within a couple of hours of departure we encountered a storm as it got dark, which was an un-nerving experience for me, but I was re-assured by the calm confidence of all on board despite the rolling and pitching of the yacht.
Over the next five days we docked in Porthmadog, Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Fishguard, and Solva, to enjoy the local culture and hospitality. We also had a quick stop on Rampsey Island Nature Reserve, passing the ‘The Bitches’ along the way. At 5.00am on July 21st we set sail from Solva to Dunmore East arriving home at 7.30pm tired and exhilarated!
As part of the crew during this cruise I gained experience of helming, navigation, chart plotting, and so much more. All of this in addition to having a wonderful 6 day holiday. I can’t put into words what a truly unique experience this was.
Robert is such a professional experienced tutor and his passion for sailing shines through. Under his guidance I have learnt so much. I would advise anyone thinking of this kind of sailing trip to just do it.
I have already booked my next trip with Robert, can’t wait!