Welcome to New Horizon Sailing in Scotland, Norway and the Faroe Islands

A skippered, hands-on, sailing holiday on the West Coast of Scotland. Sailing amongst the islands of the Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland and the Faroe Islands in comfort aboard a quality Oyster yacht. Charter a berth or the whole boat.

Or a RYA Practical Training Course at this accredited sailing school. You can combine a sailing holiday with RYA approved training from Start Yachting, to Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster preparation.

The Scottish West Coast and the islands of the Hebrides are as spectacular as the wildlife that inhabits them. There is no better way to visit than from the sea.

Join us for exhilarating Scottish sailing as we explore aboard our pedigree Oyster yacht which combines comfort with proven sailing ability.

Discover deep sea lochs, dramatic mountains, puffins, dolphins, whales or eagles and, at the end of the day, good food and like-minded company in one of the many secluded anchorages.

Richard is your skipper and host, He is equally happy to handle the boat or leave you to sail while he keeps the mugs of tea and coffee topped up, prepares the meals or uncorks the wine.

He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and those who want to learn more will find him a calm and patient coach.

Experienced sailors will enjoy improving their navigation and boat handling skills in an area with interesting tides and snug anchorages.
Beginners will soon find themselves spending time at the wheel, trimming the sails or launching the dinghy.

Wind, Tide, Weather and the mood of the group dictate that no two cruises will be the same.

Favourite memories include;
reefed-down sailing in magnificent winds, barrelling along with the tide in narrow channels, dry-mouthed moments creeping into tight anchorages or rather wetter ones landing on rocky shores in the tender.

And;
a stroll on an empty beach before dinner, local hospitality, laughing at the antics of puffins around their burrows, the excitement of sighting the first dolphins or dining on fish caught that afternoon.

Whatever your age or experience, whether looking for a relaxing sailing holiday in Scotland cruising between islands, an approved RYA sailing course, a concentrated week of mile building in the Outer Hebrides, a short break, or more adventurous sailing to St. Kilda, Orkney, Fair Isle, Shetland, Faroes and Norway, you will find something to suit you.

We now offer sail/climb and sail/ski holidays on the Norwegian west coast on a brand new 43ft Ovni (Jon, the owner/skipper, labels the concept “sailing with mountain boots”). The Ovni is built in Aluminium and is favoured by high latitude sailors. She also has a lifting keel and can creep into shallow anchorages and beaches.

With Jon you can join a sailing trip on Norway’s west coast or in the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic circle or even further north to the ice fields of Svalbad. Even more adventurous guests can sail to out-of-the-way locations and ski or climb with guides in some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. In 2012 we will once again be sailing our Oyster yacht, Stormdancer, to the Faroe Islands with a long passage each way and some time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of this remarkable and seldom visited group of remote islands. If you would like to join us, details for 2012 are posted on the Programme page.

So, in keeping with the New Horizon sailing concept of choice – of top yacht, great location, guaranteed warm welcome and quality of experience, we have again expanded our programme to offer:

Sailing Holidays, Weekend Breaks, Milebuilding and RYA Training in Scotland including the Clyde, West Coast, Mull, Skye, the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda, Orkney, Fair Isle & Shetland and further north to the Faroe Islands.

Sailing combined with climbing and skiing expeditions, and cruising north of the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands and further north to Svalbad.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Like most Oyster yachts Stormdancer is a Deck Saloon boat built for fast but comfortable cruising.

Oysters are built to sail the oceans in style and are the preferred blue water yacht.

With her sailing performance combined with stability, high level of equipment and quality of accommodation, Stormdancer appeals equally to keen sailors and to those who want to try sailing but don’t believe they should sacrifice creature comforts to do so.

She is inspected and certified to comply with the safety requirements of the M.C.A. (a British government agency).
There are eight sleeping berths, all fitted with lee cloths, but guests are limited to five to assure comfort and privacy. The berths are arranged as a very large double cabin aft, a double cabin with V berths in the bow, two bunks in the midships cabin and two berths in the saloon.

“What a beautiful boat.”
Laura, California

  • There is ample storage space in a range of lockers, drawers and wardrobes. Good quality duvets and pillows are provided along with freshly laundered sheets, covers and towels.
  • The cabins are centrally heated in winter, well ventilated in summer and finished to a high standard in warm teak.
  • The saloon is particularly light and airy with seats and dining table able to accommodate everybody in comfort.
  • The two bathrooms include washbasins and showers.
  • The galley is well equipped and allows for a high standard of meals on board.
  • The centre cockpit is well protected. With sea-keeping qualities better than most yachts Stormdancer can sail when other boats might be too uncomfortable but is not too large for some of the smaller, more interesting anchorages and to make use of the small pontoons and mooring buoys occasionally available.
  • Berthing, anchoring and going ashore are made easier by a bowthruster, electric anchor windlass and davits for the tender.
  • Electronic Equipment is frequently updated and includes Autopilot, Navtex, AIS Transponder, Raymarine touch-screen Plotters, interfaced Radar, VHF (DSC) radio.
  • A full range of charts and pilot books for the area are kept on board as well as CD player with six speakers, including to the cockpit, and a small library of books, films and teaching aids including PC based simulators.

Good quality binoculars are carried as well as a digital camera with card reader – our pictures taken during the day can be viewed and edited that evening.

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