Sailing Week Isles of Scilly and SW Ireland

We will leave Brighton marina on Saturday 30th May and make a long passage to the Isles of Scilly. With a kind wind this should take two or three days. We can then spend two days exploring this wonderful archipelago before setting off to cross the Celtic sea to Southern Ireland, passing the Fastnet rock on route. We will pull into one of the many ports in this area of Ireland, Baltimore most likely.
We will spend the remainder of the week gently exploring the beautiful inlets and anchorages, towns and pubs of this beautiful coast, ending the week on Saturday 6th June in Bantry Bay or a nearby port with transport access to Cork airport for leaving crew to get back to Gatwick, and for new crew arriving for the following week. 

This will be a great mile building trip for those aiming for their RYA yachtmaster ticket or a good first time longer offshore passage to experience the routine of watch keeping and living at sea. The yacht
Brighton Belle, is an Oyster 55 built for this type of voyage giving comfort and speed at sea. She is well maintained and very well equipped. She has 8 berths in 4 cabins and 2 heads with showers. You can learn more about her at Brighton Belle at

Who's coming?
So far we have me as the Skipper and Phillip Ford as mate. Phillip is an experienced skipper also so we have two good watch leaders. We will sail with a crew of 6 or 7 giving at least 3 on each watch which will be quite comfortable. This will be suitable for you if you are reasonably fit and have already done some sailing, not much experience required though so don’t be put off.

I shall be taking Brighton Belle out for a day sail from Brighton on Sunday 17th May, so you will be able to come out with the rest of the crew to learn the ropes and meet each other.

What's the cost?
The cost for the 7 days will be £385 per person. The cost of the boat is calculated on a per person basis so that is the amount you will pay even if we are only 6. We will also share of the cost of food and drink and mooring fees between us all. Travel costs to and from the boat are down to you.

I shall be staying on for the following week to explore the beautiful ports and anchorages of Southwest Ireland and you would be welcome to stay for both weeks if you have the time.

What will you need?
The usual selection of warm and cool outdoor clothing and some good waterproofs. Hopefully being glorious summer you wont need them but it gets chilly at night. A sleeping bag and towel. Some euros and sterling and finally, a smile.

It would be great if you could come. If you are interested in an Irish adventure, send an email and I will fill in the details.
You can learn more about Brighton Belle at or give me a call if you have any questions.

Stewart Henton