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Adventure sailing holidays

Adventure Sailing Holidays & Expeditions

– No previous experience needed –

Arctic | Caribbean | Europe | Coastal | Offshore

60’ sailing yachts
and exploring ashore

Full training
included

Solo crew or
groups welcome

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Now you can take part in a true adventure sailing holiday. Join the crew and sail to and 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 Britain’s beautiful coast, Rubicon 3 runs Europe’s leading adventure sailing holidays, with over 30 magical adventures for you to take part in.

Our speciality is helping those with little or no previous sailing experience take a full part in the expeditions. Our expert skippers give you full training onboard so that you can learn and be fully involved in the adventure from day one, whatever your background. All ages above 18 are welcome, 90% join solo, and it’s usually a 50:50 mix of men and women. Most importantly, we know you are on holiday so you will benefit from the world famous Rubicon 3 ethos, which means supremely professional training and a gentle, supportive environment onboard where everyone can learn at their own pace and truly enjoy the experience.


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RUBICON 3
5.0
Based on 107 reviews
AC C
AC C
07:51 08 Aug 22
Peter Ralphs
Peter Ralphs
14:31 05 Aug 22
Really great day coastal sailing trip on another Clipper 60 with Rubicon 3. We had 4 great days sailing along the South Devon & Cornish coasts. Neil the skipper was very knowledgeable and a great trainer. Hannah was full of youthful energy & enthusiasm and really looked after us. Can't recommend Rubicon 3 highly enough.
Kate Whyatt
Kate Whyatt
10:30 01 Aug 22
Great experience with dedicated skipper and first mate.
Lindsey Scott
Lindsey Scott
11:26 20 Jul 22
Helmut Reinthaler
Helmut Reinthaler
11:42 12 Jul 22
Great adventure and best guidance for anyone who wants to experience truly ocean sailing
Ian Wallace
Ian Wallace
16:15 05 Jul 22
Very good sailing experience with a great skipper and first mate. My fellow crew members were very nice too and the sailing area (Lofoten Islands, Norway) was very beautiful.
Mark Bishopp
Mark Bishopp
10:05 04 Jul 22
Excellent company, coped very well when travel arrangements went wrong. Staff very good
John Bentley
John Bentley
15:16 02 Jul 22
Sailed with Rubicon on a mile building week and loved it.
Neil Reynolds
Neil Reynolds
19:27 27 Jun 22
I had a great experience sailing with Rubicon 3 and would recommend this company if you would like to go adventure sailing
David Gadyt
David Gadyt
08:31 27 Jun 22
Richard Baldwin
Richard Baldwin
11:17 19 Jun 22
Stewart Grant
Stewart Grant
10:57 12 Jun 22
A great trip with excellent Skipper and Mate.
Błażej Ch.
Błażej Ch.
13:21 30 May 22
Great experience and excellent trip.
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!.
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
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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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Who we are

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

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