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Sailing Holidays Packed Full of Adventure

– No previous experience needed –

Europe’s Leading Adventure Sailing Holidays & School

60’ sailing yachts
and exploring ashore

Full training
included

Solo crew or
groups welcome

5.0
Based on 96 reviews
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These are sailing holidays where you can sail and then explore spectacular high latitude regions such as Svalbard, Iceland, Norway and the Faroes. Alternatively, tick off a high adrenalin bucket list item and set sail across the Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian or Caribbean Sea. Whether it’s sailing hundreds of miles offshore, anchoring amidst icebergs and taking the RIB ashore to explore or just exploring England’s beautiful coast, Rubicon 3 runs Europe’s leading adventure sailing holidays, with over 30 magical routes for you to take part in.

It’s fine if you’re new to sailing as no previous experience is needed on most of them and our expert skippers give you full training onboard so that you can learn and be fully involved whatever your background. All ages above 18 are welcome, 90% join solo, and it’s usually a 50:50 mix of men and women, so these sailing holidays are sociable, within the physical comfort zone of almost everyone, and most importantly huge fun.


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RUBICON 3
5.0
Based on 96 reviews
glyn collins
glyn collins
17:05 24 May 22
SUZANNE PRINCE
SUZANNE PRINCE
17:33 22 May 22
Had a great weekend last weekend around the Solent. Great skipper(s)!A real mix of weather which added to the excitement. Definately recommend Rubicon 3. Made a very rusty day skipper feel at easy!
Adrian Prince
Adrian Prince
20:31 17 May 22
Had a great time last weekend with an experience sail on Hummingbird from Portsmouth to Cowes and back.Saturday was glorious sunshine and no winds, so we did some sail training, which we needed, coming from 10 years of 30 odd foot foot flotilla yachts to the type of yacht we'll be doing the ARC in, in November.Sunday was 20 knot winds, rain, thunder and lightning which gave us a chance to see how the yacht performs under pressure.Paul the skipper was relaxed, informative and made sure we did what we needed to do with the support we wanted.Ideal.See you in November!!!
marcus oleary
marcus oleary
11:24 17 May 22
Absolutely Incredible, Bruce (Instructor) made a rather complex subject, interesting , immersive and most of all fun (some great humour in the content) Rubicon 3 definitely keep it real! ..... Hard work but such a worth while weekend class.... Highly recommend the Celestial Navigation class... Cheers Bruce and team Rubicon!.
Peter Ralphs
Peter Ralphs
09:33 09 May 22
Really great 12 day Coastal Passage Making Course taking in Cornwall, Scilly, Ireland, Isle of Man & Scotland. Skipper & Mate (Mick & Hannah) were a really great team & a delight to sail with. I can't wait for my next trip at the end of July :-).
Rhiannon Smith
Rhiannon Smith
20:17 07 May 22
I went on the one night Solent trip as a taster for sailing and loved it. The crew were excellent and the whole weekend was great fun. Unfortunately there was not a lot of wind to sail with that weekend, but the skipper still found plenty of other things that we could learn and practise.
Jenny Evans
Jenny Evans
16:30 06 May 22
Ray Eyre
Ray Eyre
15:35 03 May 22
Ruth Cole
Ruth Cole
11:30 28 Apr 22
Lisa Walden
Lisa Walden
17:44 27 Apr 22
The BEST sailing experience! Ocean racing yachts with comforts: fridge for cold beers, saloon space for all to sit, no drips on the berths, heating. Fab time with Rubicon 3, fun, friendly and fulfilling, a great adventure!
Adrian Saunders
Adrian Saunders
17:20 27 Apr 22
A truly fantastic weekend with Bruce our skipper/Rubicon3 owner and first mate Paul. A reunion for some of the crew from a global yacht race 12 years ago. The weather was perfect for this ocean-going sturdy 60ft yacht, hanked on sails, halyards, sheets, reefs to trim and helming kept us busy. Logistics, food on board, berthing in Cowes worked very well. You could not ask for a better weekend away with friends or family. You should book now.
Damian Leslie
Damian Leslie
09:36 25 Apr 22
Skipper Bruce and first mate Paul were fantastic and fun and we all had a great weekends sailing. The boat was well equipped and even had heating! I would thoroughly recommend a trip with Rubicon 3 - worth every penny
Stuart Tait
Stuart Tait
19:48 19 Apr 22
Enjoyed a programme of varied sails (used storm to spinnaker), all weather types, good plentiful food and great, engaged company with strong leaders showing and explaining the way to us on a comfortable, sturdy boat and when the wind dropped we explored parts of the Channel Isles. Marvellous refresher.
Hugo Russell
Hugo Russell
08:44 19 Apr 22
A quality experience from beginning to end, including after the adventure/experience had ended with followup photos & feedback.The company delivers on their strap line of: Sail | Train | ExploreI have now done two trips with Rubicon3, Faroe Islands (2017) & Channel Islands (2022).If you are interested in adventure & sailing then I do recommend them.
lucy marshall
lucy marshall
15:12 04 Apr 22
Can't recommend this company highly enough! Had a lovely weekend on the Solent and now looking forward to booking some adventures further afield!Highly professional, safe, fun and inclusive. If you're even thinking about booking, go for it!
Ian Wallace
Ian Wallace
09:03 26 Mar 22
Very good sailing experience with a great skipper and first mate.
Christopher Mullen
Christopher Mullen
18:11 21 Mar 22
I've done a couple of trips and courses with Rubicon 3 and they always impress. The latest (March 22) was a Storm Sailing Skills course in the Solent. Excellent tuition from skipper Jake and mate Matt, covered everything in detail with lots of practical, hands on experience and tips on how to adapt to your own boat. I would highly recommend this. It was great fun too!
Fiona Armer
Fiona Armer
14:07 14 Mar 22
Superb sail training organisation with excellent boats and staff. Treated like a grown up with plenty of fun as well as working hard, learning lots and building confidence. I did the Heavy Weather training weekend, immediately followed by 5 days of skills and drills for skippers. Would highly recommend both, especially to any sailor looking to go offshore.
Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop
08:21 23 Feb 22
A heavy weather training weekend certainly lived up to its billing with the storms sweeping across the UK. But this is exactly what everyone was keen to experience. Our skipper Ian and mate Paul were exemplary in their briefing and teaching alongside and on the water, and I’m sure we all gained huge amounts of knowledge and lots of points to think about whenever we find ourselves out in bad weather in the future. My second time with Rubicon3, and will be booking another trip very soon.
Tracey Hindmarsh
Tracey Hindmarsh
11:29 21 Feb 22
Excellent opportunity to have practiced with a heavy weather sailing course, that also coincided with storm weather. Conducted safely under the guidance of and experienced and knowledgeable former Clipper Skipper.Tad windy for decent action photos!The yacht was well equipped, dry, warm, and comfortable with plenty of good food.
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More about Rubicon 3 and our adventure sailing routes

You can join a Coastal Adventure such as our Faroe Islands Explorer, or wonderful Loch Fyne and the Isles of Arran or you could head up to the high latitudes and explore somewhere such as Norway’s Lofoten Islands. If your heart is set on a big offshore passage and heading hundreds of miles offshore, then why not sail the Atlantic Ocean with us, or make a high adrenalin passage such as Norway and Iceland or Jamaica to New York City.

For those with previous experience, looking for intensive real world skills building, we also run a series of Skills Builders and specialist Skipper Development routes. Whatever your goal, it’s all but certain we have the perfect sailing adventure just waiting for you.

More about Coastal adventures

From 5 to 12 days, these are perfect for any level of sailor, from absolute beginners wanting to learn to sail to those with more experience. Our Coastal sailing holidays are run in wild and wonderful places, but always close to shore and with plenty of time to explore ashore.

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Some days you’ll berth in a town centre, small port or marina. Others you’ll be at.anchor in beautiful hidden bays. You could sail and explore the crystal clear waters and sun soaked beaches of the Caribbean’s Grenadine or Windward Islands. These are magical island chains, fringed with white sand and palm trees and perfect places for those who love snorkelling.

If spectacular wildlife grabs your heart, head to the puffin paradise of the Faroe Islands or the polar region of Svalbard, a magical world of glaciers, icebergs, walrus and polar bears. For those who love stunning landscapes, culture and history, the west coast of Scotland is rightly famous around the world, as are the coast of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Whichever route you choose, it’s a new destination every day with plenty of time to explore ashore.

More aboutOffshore passages

Our offshore voyages head hundreds of miles out to sea, sailing from one country to another. This is where you’ll experience the ultimate freedom of life out on the mighty ocean. It is a world of white specked waves and endless horizons, gorgeous sun sets, heart warming sunrises and white blanket of stars at night.

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Sometimes you’ll be drifting in hot sun, searching for ripples of wind, other times battening down the hatches to cope with stronger winds and bigger seas. The feeling you get when making landfall in a new country is an experience you’ll share with sailors throughout the generations and the satisfaction from completing an offshore voyage or crossing an ocean something you’ll never forget.

More aboutSkipper Masterclasses

Building skills and experience is hard once you’ve got your Day Skipper, Coastal or Yachtmaster. Despite having the ‘ticket’, in our experience many courses don’t prepare you for skippering a passage of any length and inevitably the skills you do have fade without regular practice.

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A typical candidate on our skills builders or skipper development courses might have got their sailing qualifications in Greece but are not confident in the tidal waters of the UK. For other, it’s been a few years since they sailed and everything has just got really rusty. More experienced sailors might be wanting to learn how to take on a longer passage so they can head to a foreign port themselves.

Whatever your current situation, if rapid improvement in skills and confidence is your goal, these skills builders and skipper development courses are exactly what you need.

Full financial protection Book with confidence

We know how confusing it can be to understand the consumer protection you get for your holiday, with a mix of schemes such as ATOL scheme, whether the company has an ATOL certificate, protection from ABTA and such like. With Rubicon 3, it’s simple because we give you the best protection of all.

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To ensure you are totally financially protected and can book with real confidence we deposit all money you pay for your booking with the Protected Trust Service. It means if for any reason your booking cannot be fulfilled, you get a guaranteed, immediate refund. To find out more about our Refund Guarantees, Financial protection and Covid Guidance, click here

Further Information for your Sailing holiday

We know how hard it can be to choose the right sailing holiday. In fact, with so many holiday options, it’s very common to need some advice to make sure you get the right trip to the perfect destination and for help with connecting travel.

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You can speak with us as much as you want before making a booking. We are proud of our great service and no question is too simple or too obvious. Our HQ team, based here in England, will give you the advice you need, from which type of trip to join, what to expect on board the yacht, which destinations you might find most fun – right down to which start and end port you need to get to and when. Our adventures are not flight-inclusive holidays so our team will also be happy to help you pick the right flights to connect to and from the yacht. If ever you need more information, all you have to do is get in touch.

More about Our ethos & skippers

Rather than luxury yachts, Rubicon 3 sailing holidays are run on spectacular 60’ expedition yachts, custom built to take on oceans and expeditions off the beaten track. These boats are perfect whether you want to learn to sail for the first time or cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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Being one of the most skilful and experienced skippers in the industry is given for a Rubicon 3 skipper. However, it’s not enough and to run our adventure holidays and expeditions, they also have to be exceptionally kind, patient and good company. Too many crew join us having previously had a bad sailing experience which damaged their confidence or even been shouted at. It is the antithesis of the sailing spirit and you will find our skippers and mates to be warm, inspirational and hugely caring..

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Blueco Holdings Ltd, t/a Rubicon 3 Adventure
20 – 22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

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