This trip will be skippered by experienced club skipper and Magdalene grad Douglas Byatt (profile). "My very first CUYC trip from Copenhagen to Ipswich (via Norway) involved a very similar passage and I'm looking forward to skippering this adventurous passage this year!"
This trip will be the final leg of the 2017 summer programme, and will involve crossing the North sea back to Ipswich. It could be fairly intense, given the mileage we have to cover (getting on for 500NM) and the growing unpredictability of the weather at this time of year. We'll aim to spend some time exploring the Norwegian coast before setting off on passage back to the UK. If time allows, potential pitstops include the Dutch Frisian Islands, and Amsterdam before arriving back in Ipswich and celebrating our achievement.
It is recommended that you have some prior sailing experience to come on this trip. If you are relatively inexperienced but have a taste for adventure then you are more than welcome to join us, but please enquire first. I must make sure that there's adequate experience on board for the trip to run safely. This trip will be a great mile-builder and we'll be living and sailing in a watch rota system day and night so you'll learn a lot of passage making skills and knowledge.
The picture is from our 2009 passage home from Norway - which fortunately happened to be a spinnaker run all the way!
There are not a lot of flights to Stavanger, especially on Saturday mornings unfortunately. It is likely we'll need to arrive on an early afternoon flight, assuming people are travelling from Heathrow.
Homebound flights will obviously not be necessary for this trip, although you will need to plan your way home from Ipswich. If returning to Cambridge this is a straightforward train journey.
Please do not book any flights until your place on this trip has been confirmed and you have spoken to the trip organiser.