Do you want to feel the rhythm of the ocean and a warm, gentle breeze on your face? A crewed, sailing yacht charter provides this and more. You get to experience the romance and tradition of exploring by sail, which comes with all the tranquillity or exhilaration you desire. Sound like your type of thing? Then charter Yacht Songbird a fully crewed Yacht!
No sailing experience is required on Songbird as we are happy to teach you as we go along. All our trips include a professional crew to guide you through those wonderful ocean breezes. The crew is also on hand to ensure your complete safety, not to mention provisioning, and to help in the preparation of your meals.
Her accommodation is laid out with a bunk style set up so don’t expect a cabin cruiser, a lot of our crew prefer this open plan layout instead of being cramped into a small cabin with someone you may not know. With her size, there is always a quite spot to be found just to relax and enjoy the surroundings. She is designed to be sailed hard in any weather all over the world. Songbird’s saloon is a great social area with plenty of seating large windows and a table big enough for everyone to sit round. This means that the whole team can have briefings together, discuss plans for the voyage, and have meals together. Everyone gets to know each other pretty quickly and you soon become a valued part of the team.
Yacht Discovery is immensely safe and strong with the highest safety rating possible MCA Category 0. This means that she is built and equipped to sail anywhere in the world in any conditions. She has sailed round the world. The British Army for an expedition specially chose her to Antarctica in 2001-2, and she has completed many seasons of UK-based sail training in all weathers. Through all this, she has kept crewmembers safe and secure on board, whatever the conditions at sea.
Safety is paramount on-board Yacht Discovery. She is fully maintained in accordance with the Maritime Coastguard Agency's Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and our own exacting standards. Annual surveys by an independent assessor and regular maintenance ensure that all the equipment and the vessel's specifications adhere to and exceed the legal requirements to run her as a commercial vessel.
From 3rd mate to the skipper are RYA (DOT) qualified at a level equal to or greater than their position of responsibility requires. In addition, all staff undergo rigorous in-house assessment and training to ensure the highest standards are maintained. Likewise, the crew undergo a structured training programme on joining the vessel so that they can participate fully and safely in the voyage When at sea, the vessel routinely reports in daily and is always contactable via one or more of the communication systems onboard.
We are passionate about marine conservation and welcome universities or research centres to use us a working platform, we can offer:
Yacht Discovery is the perfect yacht to learn about Ocean sailing and doing your qualifying passages, if you run a school or would like to do your qualifying passages and are looking for a CAT 0 yacht then look no further.
Yacht Songbird is available to charter as a dive platform and also welcome to charter privately on any of our voyages. Yacht Discovery is available as a dive platform, but we do not ‘organize’ dive charters as such. the sailing crew of Yacht Songbird will not be responsible for the diving activities. In the case of amateur divers forming a group and chartering the vessel, their Dive Master(s) would take all responsibility for the group once ‘over the side.’