Programme

Have you always dreamed of setting sail for a distant horizon or an uninhabited island? Join Sail Britain’s circumnavigation of the British Isles in 2018 for an adventure on the ocean! Our expeditions under sail work towards creative and cultural exchange, education and environmental research in a context which values diversity and new ideas. Why not take a look at what we’ve been up to so far? More details, including fantastic trip leaders bringing their expertise onboard, coming soon!

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Poole – Falmouth, 28th Apr – 5th May


Brandy and Lace

Britain’s South West has some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastline of all, and is steeped in maritime history… read more

Falmouth – Bristol, 5 – 19th May – 2 week trip

To the Land’s End – Adventurous sailing

As we sail west from Falmouth, we’ll explore the unique maritime rivers of Cornwall’s south coast before leaving the land behind and heading offshore to the Isles of Scilly… read more

Bristol – Holyhead, 24th May – 2nd June


Wonderful Wales – Adventurous sailing

As we turn North along the coast of Wales, we’ll explore the huge importance of the ports along the North side of the Bristol Channel with their industrial heritage from ancient times to the present day… read more


Holyhead – Whitehaven, 2 – 9th June


Gateway to the Atlantic

This week is being planned as a community project exploring Whitehaven and its martime heritage with UCLAN, the National Trust and the local community. … read more

Exploring Marine Plastic Pollution, Mull, 9-16th June

This trip will be led by Alice Kettle, Scotland rep for Surfers Against Sewage and inventor of the NurdKit, a toolkit designed to facilitate easier removal of plastic nurdles from beaches… read more

Art & Ocean Conservation, 16 – 23rd June


Led by artist Jazz Austin, this week will explore ocean conservation through sketching and painting. Each day we will create art around a different theme regarding ocean conservation whilst learning to sail along the beautiful West coast of Scotland. No previous painting or sailing experience required, just an enthusiasm to learn!read more


Mull and the Small Isles, 23rd – 30th June


The Isle of Mull and the small isles of Iona, Staffa, Coll and their neighbours offer a huge amount to explore. Fingal’s Cave on Staffa is a highlight, as are the many stunning anchorages and pretty picturesque harbours. We’ll be sailing from Oban to explore the best that these islands have to offerread more

Boatbuilding on Mull, 30th June – 14th July


We are hugely excited to be partnering with the Archipelago Folkschool to deliver two weeks of boatbuilding and exploration around the Ross of Mull. Over two weeks we’ll work as a group to build two 14′ rowing skiffs with expert tuition from boatbuilder Ben Wilderead more

 

Oban – Kyle of Lochalsh via Skye, 14th – 28th July,  2 week trip

Over the Sea to Skye

Leaving Oban, we will sail through the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory, round the famous Ardnamuchan point, and head for the Isles!… read more


‘Muir is Tir – Land and Sea’, 7th – 21st August

‘Muir is Tir – Land and Sea’ Artists’ Residency with An Lanntair

Sail Britain and An Lanntair are pleased to announce our ‘Muir is-Tir – Land and Sea’ residency will be running again in 2018… read more

Ullapool – Kirkwall, 18th – 29th August


On the Edge of the Atlantic

This is an adventurous trip which will offer a unique opportunity to experience offshore sailing, watch keeping and an unbroken horizon across the Atlantic… read more

‘Drawing North’, Orkney residency, 29th Aug – 5th Sept

‘Drawing North’ – Artist-led residency

Led by artist Ellis O’Connor this week will explore the Orcadian Landscape through sketching, painting and varied mixed medium techniques using the unique location as the fuel for creating new work…. read more


Stromness – Edinburgh, 8th – 15th Sept


Adventurous Sailing

Leaving Stromness through Scapa Flow, we’ll embark upon an adventurous passage across the Pentland Firth before setting our sails for the Firth of Forth and the great cities of Dundee and Edinburgh, undoubtedly a highlight of our programme… read more

Edinburgh – Whitby, 16th – 23rd Sept


Lighthouses, Castles and Holy Islands

From Edinburgh we head south along the stunning coast of Northumberland passing the famous Bass rock with it’s thousands of gannets, and visiting the Holy Island of Lindisfarne… read more

Whitby – Great Yarmouth, 24th Sept – 1st Oct

In search of the ‘Silver Darlings’

Between Whitby and Great Yarmouth lie coastal towns once crammed with sailing vessels which fished for the ‘silver darlings’ in the shallow waters of the North Sea…read more


Exploring Marine Plastic Pollution, Great Yarmouth – London, 2nd – 9th Oct

Sail Britain and the Artist Expedition Society are planning a joint programme to explore the theme of marine plastic pollution, its impact on coastlines and ways people can help raise awareness and address this looming environmental crisis… read more