CAREER BREAK - 4 month adventure

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CAREER BREAK - 4 month adventure

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Spend an AMAZING 4 months away from the hustle & bustle of daily life on this life-changing trip. Learn a new skill and/or brush up your sailing in the Canary islands then  do something  AMAZING! Sail across an Ocean! You will talk about this experience for years to come returning home tanned, chilled with some awesome stories of your time away. Even achieve some certificates along the way.....Truly AMAZING!

Starts: 10am, GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: 1 March, Antigua


About The Event

You can undertake this 4 month break any time of the year. ..this 4 month adventure is generally in 4 sections.There are 3 main joining dates:

1. November to February Inclusive - Finish after the RORC 600

2. September to December Inclusive - Finish after the ARC at Xmas

3. March to June - Finish after a RORC race

An example of the programme

EG Programme 1. Join November, depart end Feb .


Sailing training in the Canaries. Arrive in Gran Canaria and spend 8 days at sea sailing around the Canry islands maybe Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Whatever your experience, the RYA qualified instructor will assess your skills and recommend a plan for ensuring you are fit to be an active player on board the boat when it leaves for the Atlantic crossing. If you are a beginner the RYA Instructor will show you the basics so you will be safe on the next leg! Meet up with the other 250 yachts who are about to set sail! Get very very excited!         


Atlantic Ocean crossing. The ARC is an amazing adventure. You will never forget this 3 weeks of your life - guaranteed. Prepare for some life changing to go on as you work with your team mates to sail the yacht taking anything from 17 - 24 days approx across an Ocean - an impressive feat!


The Caribbean! Arrive approx 13th December. The carnival-type atmosphere is truly like no other as you join with all the other sailors who have just achieved this amazing feat. Chill for a week or so in stunning St Lucia then take part in the Christmas sail down to the breath taking Tobago Cays & the Grenadines.  Visit Mustique, Bequia & some other stunningly beautiful Caribbean Islands!


Return to St Lucia then spend 2-3 weeks undertaking your basic qualifications on anRYA course or 2 and put the learning into practise during a wine collecting trip to Martinique! Then, sail South to Grenada for the most wonderful chilled out regatta the Caribbean has to offer. We LOVE Grenada  (and Danny, Mark and all the boys ....our Pirates Argggggghhh!!)


Back home to St lucia and then sail the boat North towards Antigua and finish on a complete high taking part in one of the world's most famous regattas - the RORC 600 Caribbean offshore race. AWESOME! 

Normal price for this adventure would be £11,590 but we are offering this adventure for just £9990!

Check out this video of beautiful Saint Lucia...



The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 





Glorious Caribbean adventures!

In the winter, we move our cruising events to the glorious Caribbean where we offer week-long cruises in and around the stunning scenery of islands such as St Lucia, St Barths and Antigua.  Put together white palm-fringed beaches, long sunny days and clear blue seas and you have the perfect antidote to the cold of a european winter!






An outline itinerary for a 4 month break:


1 - Sail Gran Canarias

2 - Prep Yacht Gran Canaria


4 - Atlantic

5 - Atlantic

6 - Atlantic/St Lucia

7 - St Lucia                                                       

8 - Christmas St Lucia - Grenadines 1290                      

9/10 - Grenadines - St Lucia

11 - RYA course or 5 day sail

12 - Sail Martinique

13 - St Lucia  sail        

14 - Sail St Lucia

15 - St Lucia -Grenada       

16 - REGATTA Grenada

17 - Grenada -St Lucia

18 - Sail St Lucia

19 - St Lucia - Antigua

20 - RORC 600 Antigua regatta

Please note each programme differs slightly dependent on the start date. Our programme works 16 months ahead so you should be able to see the calendar events for the time of year you are seeking a fantastic adventure


Experience required

You don't need any sailing experience to join us on one of our career breaks - you can join us as a complete novice or come with the aim of brushing up existing skills and learning lots more!






Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!
  • 4 months programme consisting of a numer of individual events** combined of cruising  & racing 
  • Food starter kit for every event
  • Team shirt
  • Race entry fees
  • Yacht Insurance

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • Accommodation ashore  (Some upgrades available)
  • Accommodation ashore in at the end of an **event

Other activities

We'll work you hard but we play hard too!  You'll get plenty of time to socialise and, depending on the event, explore what the area has to offer. This career break is not just about the sailing (though you'll certainly do plenty we can promise you!) - you'll also enjoy some well-earned chill-out time and maybe even get chance to have a go at dinghy sailing or windsurfing. Plus you get to spend Christmas in the Caribbean...a world away from the usual traditional British festivities!!






Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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