Voyage under sail
The boat: “Fleur” is an Achilles 9 Metre yacht designed by Chris Butler. These boats are renowned for their sparkling performance and comfortable sea-worthiness. They can sail anywhere, and several have completed successful Atlantiic crossings. This one has triple keels so that it can take the ground in Solva Harbour, and is equipped to a very high standard, including comprehensive safety equipment. “Fleur” is coded by the Marine and Coastguard agency to carry up to five passengers.
“Fleur” comes with a skipper, who is able to sail the boat unaided if necessary, so passengers can do exactly as much or as little of the sailing as they want, or they can simply sit and watch the beautiful coast of St Bride’s Bay roll by. Experienced sailors can take complete control of the steering and sail-handling, those wishing to improve their skills can receive gentle tuition. “Fleur” is also fitted with a 14hp diesel engine – very handy if the wind drops.
3 hour trip– This is our basic trip, allowing time for a safety briefing, getting the boat out of the harbour and putting the sails up. Depending on conditions we may sail eastwards along the coast towards Newgale, past the headlands of Dinas Fach and Dinas Fawr and the entrancing little cove of Porthmynawydd, or westward to Caer Bwdy, Penplediau and St Davids, or round the offlying island of Green Scar.
5 hour trip- This is the longest time we can sail on a single tide. To the East we may reach Nolton or Littlehaven, or possibly The Stack Rocks on the South side of the bay. To the West lie the fascinating rocks, tides and wildlife of Ramsey Island.
All day trip- (Spring tides only) We leave Solva on the morning tide and can go anywhere in the Bay, or if weather permits, out to the lonely outpost of Grassholm Island. We may moor in the lovely inlet of North Haven on Skomer Island (bring your lunch), and look at the spectacular coast of Dale Park, Martin’s Haven and the lonely hamlet of St Brides, returning to Solva on the evening tide.
Logistics: Book ahead by ringing us on 01437 720972, and meet in our shed on Trinity Quay, when we will make a final decision whether to sail. We are fair-weather sailors and will not go to sea in strong winds or averse conditions – no charge will be made for any trip that is cancelled by us because of bad weather.
Bring – We supply lifejackets, but not clothing, so bring warm and waterproof clothing – don’t worry about bringing too much as the boat has a capacious cabin. Also bring any drinks, refreshments or biscuits that you might like, and a camera.
Bear in mind – these are sailing trips, so quoted finish times are always approximate.
Prices (Quote is for boat & up to 3 people, extra passengers charged as shown):
3 hours £90 (Extra passengers (£12 each)
All day £170 (Extra passengers (£18 each)
Contact us on 01437 720972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org