3 Day Explorer

VoyageStart PortEnd Port
3 Day ExplorerBlyth, NorthumberlandBlyth, Northumberland
DurationTotal PriceDeposit
3 Days£425 pp£125 pp

Castles, Dolphins, and Sunsets in secluded bays.

See where the wind takes you as you learn to sail a tall ship.

These are just some of the things you will experience on our 3 day Explorer. Our ethos centres on maximising the sights and experiences wherever the wind may take us. As such we do not promise a strict itinerary but a fantastic experience is guaranteed with sailing at its heart. Learn the basics of boat handling, navigation, knots, sail trim, and more!

Possible itinerary A: We may head south passing Whitley Bay, Sunderland, and Hartlepool before arriving in Whitby. You can then spend the morning strolling the many shops and alleyways of Whitby Town, and perhaps a visit to the stunning Whitby Abbey before boarding again for more spectacular sailing. The second night might find us moored in Newcastle where the dazzling lights of the millenium bridge twinkle off of the River Tyne. Further sailing awaits on day 3 before our return to Blyth.

Possible itinerary B: We may head north passing Druridge bay, Amble, and the breathtaking Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh castles. Dolphins and other wonderful wildlife await as we pay the Farne Islands. If the time and tides line up we may end up anchoring off of Holy Island where perhaps a trip ashore in our dingy is possible. Further sailing north may take us the the imposing historic walled town of Berwick Upon Tweed. Spend a few hours exploring the town or walking the walls themselves with lovely coastal views.

All itineraries are subject to change. See our Booking Terms for more information.

Available Dates 2024:

11 June
11-13 June13 June
25 June
25-27 June27 June
9 July
9-11 July11 July

Deposit required to reserve your berth. Full balance due 90 days before voyage.

Custom payment plans available.

All the crew on board were superb, very helpful, and the food was outstanding. The whole trip exceeded any expectations we had, many thanks to everyone.

– 2022 Week Passenger

Such a wonderful experience with an extremely competent crew who were a delight to be with. I will treasure the memories forever.

– 2021 Overnight Passenger
Life onboard

You are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the voyage that you are comfortable with, from hauling sails, taking the helm, and even helping in the galley from time to time. Coming together as a team is what makes our overnight trips so memorable. All training is provided and there are tasks to suit all levels of ability.


Sleeping facilities onboard are modest but comfortable. Prepare for a cozy glamping trip rather than a luxurious hotel room and you will have a grand time. Each bunk has a thick foam mattress covered in waterproof fabric. The bunks have curtains for privacy and lights. We provide pillows and a knitted blanket but you need to bring a pillowcase, single twin sheet, and your sleeping bag. See more info in the FAQ.

Vessel Information

Name: Williams II

Built: 1914

Type: Gaff Rigged Ketch

Gross tonnage: 80 Tonnes

Waterline length: 24m

Draught: 2.7m

Beam: 6.3m

Passenger Berths: 10


Travel to and from Blyth is the responsibility of the passengers to arrange.

What’s Included
  • 3 days sailing aboard the Williams II
  • No experience necessary. All training provided.
  • All wet weather gear and equipment
  • Grab a rope! Learn how to haul the sails and try your hand at a few knots.
  • Feeling adventurous? Clip on and climb out onto the bowsprit to help get the sails up.
  • Take the helm! Try your hand at steering the Williams II.
  • Options to take a sight watch shift; nothing beats the stars on the vast sea at night
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Delicious home cooked meals provided (BYOB)
  • Breathtaking coastal views