St Helena Ocean Adventure
St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world.
Sail with us to the remote south Atlantic island of St Helena during our 18 Week RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Career Package and use it as your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage.
We sail from Cape Town along South Africa's west coast, calling at Saldanha Bay, Lambert's Bay, Port Nolloth and then Luderitz Bay and Walvis Bay in Namibia where you will have the opportunity to act as skipper on some of these coastal passages and develop your pilotage skills by conning the vessel into these remote bays and harbours. The route is through some of the richest fishing waters on the planet and the sea life is awesome.
From Walvis Bay there is a 1000nm reach across to St Helena island and for this passage we will navigate by sextant only, using ancient skills developed by the great mathematicians and astronomers of history.
From the time of it's discovery in 1505 by the Portuguese Explorers until now it has only been accessible by sea, but this will soon come to an end. For the moment, its isolation is intact and you will have the privilege of exploring this fascinating and strange Island before it changes forever. It is a volcanic seamount on the Mid Atlantic Ridge with dark and forbidding sea cliffs rising straight out of the sea. Approaching from the south east a landing seems impossible until suddenly Jamestown appears, nestled in its narrow valley.
After a few days rest and exploration, we will set out on the return leg to Cape Town. This is a challenge and considerable planning and studying of GRIB (weather) files is needed to decide the route to be followed. Usually this is a port tack down south until the wind backs allowing us to arc round towards the Cape. Far to the South West the islands of Tristan da Cunha are the nearest land and we are truly on our own on the deep blue sea. Sometimes one encounters a ship but mostly the sky forms an unbroken blue bowl overhead and the horizon is empty except for the birds.