Adventure Sailing Holidays: Copenhagen to London
A wonderful sailing adventure as we head from the beautiful city of Copenhagen, down to Germany's Baltic coast and across the North Sea to London
A perfect holiday for those who love to spend their days at sea and sail from one country to another. This route is the perfect mix of sailing, exploring and building some top class miles and experience. You will sail from Denmark to Germany, transit the Kiel Canal, then sail along the coast of the Netherlands en route to England, and a sail up the River Thames to the heart of London
This is a typical itinerary. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. Maybe there’s a stunning bay and you want to anchor for the night or a remote island that needs to be explored – then let’s see if we can go and make it happen.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs. Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Copenhagen is a wonderful city to spend some time in.
Day 2: Training day and sailing to Falsterbo in Sweden
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! We’ll sail past the engineering marvel that is the huge Øresund bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark and will likely finish the day in Falsterbo, where we can wander along its wonderful beach and shoreline.
Days 3-6: Sailing and exploring the Baltic towards Germany
The southern coast of Denmark is a sailor’s dream with wonderful little towns to visit and secluded anchorages at which to spend a night. The islands of Mon and Fehmarn provide endless opportunities to explore and daily navigational challenges to sharpen everyone’s skills. This will be two idyllic days of sailing our way toward the coast of Germany. We will choose where to stop each day and our objective is to make the 140nm to the entrance of the famous Kiel Canal.
Day 7: Transiting the Kiel Canal
The canal joins the Baltic Sea to the North Sea and is an engineering miracle from the 19th Century, having opened in 1895. It takes a full day to transit and we spend 12 hours squeezing past massive cargo ships as the canal winds its way through the beautiful German countryside. There’s no sailing today but transiting the canal is a special event and always a very relaxing and enjoyable day.
Days 8-11: Sailing the Dutch coast
We now have four days to make the 175nm route from the Kiel Canal to the Hague. We will be sailing along the Frisian islands, made famous in the book Riddle of the Sands. There should be time to stop at wonderful little islands such as Borkum and Terschelling. These are gorgeous seaside communities, little known outside of the local population.
Days 12 -13: From the Hague to the south east coast of England
It’s time to depart this beautiful city, for an overnight passage of around 150nm. This is an exhilarating crossing of the North Seal and, as the sun sets, we will be sailing along the coast with the sea illuminated by the moon and thousands of stars twinkling above. We’ll reach the narrow channels of the Thames estuary and likely find a nice anchorage at the head of the River Medway
Day 14: Sailing up the River Thames
Today is always a magnificent experience as we sail the 60nm west toward the heart of London. rolling fields give way to heavy industry and then the shine and glamour of Canary Wharf, City of London Airport and Tower Bridge itself, where our expedition ends.
Day 15: Debrief, clean up and goodbyes
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Copenhagen after 1200 hrs on the joining day. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
- You will disembark the boat in Portsmouth on the last day at 1200hrs.
GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- You should fly into Copenhagen (IATA code: CPH). It is a very quick 20-minute metro ride from there to the city centre, where the boat will be moored.
- London has two main airport: Heathrow (IATA code: LHR) and Gatwick (IATA code: LGW) and it is around an hour’s journey to reach either from Tower Bridge
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.