Sail Away Weeks

2018-2019 Voyages - Book now to avoid disappointment


This will be the first year cruising with our brand new Southerly 480 Distant Shores III. Come along as we shake her down in the English Channel, then head south down the coasts of France Spain and Portugal en route to the Canary Islands. Then it's the big jump to the Caribbean in time for Christmas.

Each Sailing Week (most are more than 7 days) is listed below. Click on the interactive maps for more details and photographs on the ports and passages.

Note: prices are in US Dollars and are for two people in 1 cabin (except for the Offshore Passage-making legs priced per berth).

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England, Brittany France - June 1-11 2018
10 days - England, Brittany Coast, La Rochelle France
525 miles
Aft Cabin - Booked
Fwd Cabin - Booked
Setting off from the Solent in England we visit one or two ports on the English Coast before making an overnight crossing of the busy English Channel "going foreign" as we stop at the Channel Islands, with stops at Alderney or Guernsey. Then it's on to France, coastal cruising (with perhaps an overnight) as we visit ports along the lovely Brittany coast. We filmed this in Season 8 of Distant Shores, and want to revisit some of those ports, plus hope to find more charming French villages. Summer is the best time for cruising the Brittany Coast. Last time we were here in October so we're looking forward to exploring in the warm weather. Historic towns and ports abound!

Check out our page on the Brittany cruise when we filmed in 2011 and our page on the Channel Islands from 2010
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France Spain Portugal - June 18-30 2018 - FULL
12 days - La Rochelle, North Spain, the Rias, Lisbon Portugal
775 miles
Aft Cabin - Booked
Fwd Cabin - Booked
Meet the boat in La Rochelle described by the Rough Guide as 'The most attractive and unspoilt seaside town in France'. We'll plan a passage offshore to the Spanish coast arriving perhaps between San Sebastien and Santander. Then we'll cruise the coast making day hops and exploring cute coastal Spanish towns. We might also make another overnight passage as we cruise the Rias of Galicia, rounding Finisterre and on towards Portugal. We'll certainly stop at Porto (for a glass of wine) and finish up at Historic and bustling Lisbon in the port of Cascais.
Portugal Spain to Gibraltar - July 7-17
10 days - Lisbon, Portuguese Algarve Coast, Spain to Gibraltar
350 miles
Fwd Cabin $8,500
Aft Cabin - Booked
Starting from Cascais near historic Lisbon we'll do an overnight passage south to the Algarve coast of Portugal. Then we'll take our time along the Algarve where there are many nice ports and anchorages. We sailed this coast in 1990 and again in 1998 visiting charming Tavira, Lagos, Olhao and more. This time we hope to make a few more stops. Next we'll cruise the Spanish Atlantic coast stopping in at Jerez, home of Sherry wine and historic Cadiz before entering the Mediterranean. Sailing along the Spanish south coast we enter the Strait of Gibraltar to arrive at one of the most exciting landfalls - the Rock of Gibraltar. In the summer this will be a lovely cruising area with beach stops, cute coastal villages, nice anchorages and plenty of history.

Check out our page on Gibraltar
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Gibraltar to Palma Mallorca - August 1-15 - FULL
14 days - Gibraltar Spanish Coast to the Balearic Islands
550 miles
Aft Cabin Booked
Fwd Cabin Booked
Welcome aboard in Gibraltar at the foot of the famous Rock. After sampling Gibraltar's historic charms we set sail into the Med. We'll make plenty of stops along the Spanish coast. Then we'll make the jump across to the Balearic Islands making landfall at Formentera. We filmed this passage way back in Season 1 of Distant Shores episodes 1, 2 and 3.
Check out our Newsletter from a similar cruise in 2012
Check out our page on the Balearics when we visited way back in 1998.
Check out our page on Spain from 1998
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Palma to Gibraltar - August 21-September 4 FULL
14 days - Palma, Spain, Morocco to Gibraltar
550 miles
Aft Cabin - Booked
Fwd Cabin - Booked
This is the height of the Mediterranean summer and the Balearics are bustling and fun. We'll check out Mallorca before setting off westwards to Ibiza and Formentera then we'll cross to mainland Spain. We'll make plenty of stops along the Spanish coast and could decide to visit Morocco at Marina Smir. Finally Gibraltar will loom up over the horizon and we sail into this historic port. Be sure to leave a day or so extra to explore.

Check out our page on Gibraltar Here
We filmed this area way back in Season 1 of Distant Shores episodes 1, 2 and 3 in Season 1.
Gibraltar to the Canary Islands - October 12-24 - FULL
12 days - Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco, Lanzarote
675 miles - Passage-Making Leg
0/4 berths Available
Starting from the historic Rock of Gibraltar we'll plan our passage through the Strait as it can be rough. Then we'll visit Morocco, stopping either at Rabat or Agadir to explore this fascinating culture. We filmed this visit in Season 9 of Distant Shores. Then it's a 2 to 4 day offshore passage to the Canaries.

Check out our page on Gibraltar Here

We wrote this blog on our 2012 offshore trip to Morocco Here and shot this video below.
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Transatlantic Crossing - November 10 - December 7 2018
27 days - Canary Islands, Cabo Verde Islands to Antigua
3000 miles - Passage-Making Leg
Per Person $10,500 (
1/4 berths Available)
This is the big crossing - nearly 3000 miles out of sight of land from the Canaries to the Caribbean. We'll start from Lanzarote and make an overnight passage to Gran Canaria as a mini-shakedown. Then we head south for the Cabo Verde just over 800 nautical miles - perhaps 5-6 days. In 2015 we did this leg to the Cabo Verde Islands (see the link to the Youtube videos on the right). We've planned the time this cruise so we can make this stop again. It was a charming visit and a nice way to break up the passage.

We'll spend a couple of days here before making the big jump to Antigua. This stop adds a couple of days to the expedition, but shortens the transatlantic leg down to 2200 miles or so of excellent downwind sailing!
There is a big feeling of accomplishment completing an ocean crossing.

If you are wondering if this passage is for you, please give us a call and we can go over details and suggest options. Our goal is to help you achieve your sailing dreams.

Please inquire if you would like to come aboard as a couple for a special discount price for a cabin!

Want to Talk to Us? +1-705-484-0061 (9-5 Eastern Time weekdays)

Check out our page on Transatlantic Sailing

Here's a blog we wrote on the Transatlantic Crossing to St Lucia in 2012
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Transatlantic Crossing From Canaries - Cabo Verde - Caribbean

2019 Voyages

NEW Antigua to St Martin - January 5-13 2019 NEW
8 days - Antigua, Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, SXM
200 miles
Fwd Cabin $7,500
Aft Cabin $8,500
Five of our favourite Caribbean destinations in one cruise! We start in beautiful Antigua at historic Nelson's Dockyard. We'll check out a couple of anchorages in this excellent cruising ground, then sail over to Antigua's laid-back sister island of Barbuda. We'll sail back to Jolly Harbour Antigua to clear out, then set off for a nice introduction to night sailing. It's a broad-reach of 75 miles passaging down to the French island of St Bart's. Next we sail over to English Anguilla, before heading over to St Martin for a look around this French/Dutch island and centre of the boating scene in the Caribbean!
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St Martin to the British Virgin Islands - February 1-9 2019 - FULL
8 days - SXM , Anguilla, Virgin Gorda BVI - Cruise BVI
150 miles
Fwd Cabin - Booked
Aft Cabin - Booked
Three of our favourite Caribbean destinations in one cruise! We start in bustling and quirky St Martin then hop over to check out Anguilla. Then we'll make an overnight passage for the 80 miles to Virgin Gorda in the BVI. This gives a taste of open ocean tropical sailing. We're almost guaranteed to have a nice downwind run. Clearing British customs into the British Virgins we can relax and enjoy a cruise in these lovely islands!
Cruising the British Virgin Islands - February 13-20 2019
7 days - Cruise BVI - 100 miles
Fwd Cabin $7,500
Aft Cabin - Booked
For the perfect introduction to the cruising lifestyle the BVI- British Virgin Islands can't be beat. The islands are spread like jewels across the Caribbean forming a chain with protected waters for sailing. There are so many lovely anchorages and everything is just a few hours sailing apart.

We filmed the BVI a few times, in Season 5 and Season 9.
Cruising the British Virgin Islands - February 24-March 3 2019
7 days - Cruise BVI - 100 miles
Fwd Cabin - Booked
Aft Cabin $8,500
For the perfect introduction to the cruising lifestyle the BVI- British Virgin Islands can't be beat. The islands are spread like jewels across the Caribbean forming a chain with protected waters for sailing. There are so many lovely anchorages and everything is just a few hours sailing apart.

We filmed the BVI a few times, in Season 5 and Season 9.
Cruising the British Virgin Islands - March 9-16 2019
7 days - Cruise BVI - 100 miles
Fwd Cabin $7,500
Aft Cabin - Pending
For the perfect introduction to the cruising lifestyle the BVI- British Virgin Islands can't be beat. The islands are spread like jewels across the Caribbean forming a chain with protected waters for sailing. There are so many lovely anchorages and everything is just a few hours sailing apart.

We filmed the BVI a few times, in Season 5 and Season 9.
NEW British Virgin Islands passage to the Turks and Caicos - April 5-13 2019
8 days - Passage Making Leg - 500 miles
Fwd Cabin $7,500
Aft Cabin $8,500
After a brief BVI cruise hitting a couple of our favourite spots, we'll keep an eye out for a nice weather window for the 3 day passage to the Turks. This 450 mile passage usually takes 3 days and its mainly downwind or broad-reaching. This is a great introduction to offshore sailing with warm waters and generally winds abaft the beam! On our last crossing in 2015 we dodged a few squalls but generally had a nice three days until dawn on the 3rd day when South Caicos lay off the bow. We dropped the hook and checked in to these friendly islands. Then we can explore the incredible waters of the Caicos Bank to celebrate the passage and round off this excellent cruise. Caicos Bank is similar to the shallow Bahamas and provides stunning cruising.

We filmed the BVI a few times, in Season 5 and Season 9 and the Turks and Caicos in Season 10.
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Turks and Caicos to the Bahamas - April 18-30 2019 - FULL
12 days - Caicos to the Bahamas Out-islands and Exumas
Fwd Cabin - Booked
Aft Cabin - Booked
The magical are part of the reason we wanted to get a shallow draft sailboat. We can visit places in the Bahamas that no one else can get to. And we'll take you to some of them on this cruise. Starting in the Turks and Caicos we'll sail to Mayaguana in the Bahamas to check in. Then we'll visit the deserted Plana Cays - crystal blue water and miles of perfect sand - all to ourselves. Then on to the rarely visited Crooked/Acklins group or deserted Samana Cay. We'll check out the amazing Conception Island (we last visited in 1992) then the iconic Exuma Islands. In the Exumas the waters are the bluest we've ever seen, the people are friendly and the cruising is unparalleled.

We filmed the Bahamas a few times, in Season 5 and Season 6 and Season 10.
If you have any questions please contact us - Or call our office in Toronto, Canada, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and we can describe the passages further. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Telephone: (705) 484-0061