Arctic Delivery - Part 1 Complete!

Having departed from the shelter of Baiona on the Spanish west coast, the crew headed into biscay. Despite avoiding the worst of the weather system, the crew were still faced with 22knots on the nose and 8m swell. Having set a reef in the main and with the swell due to decrease over 12 hours, they cracked on. Needless to say there were a few green faces - but the less said about that the better! 

After 24 hours, as forecast, the wind and swell decreased well enough for Firebird to make some head way across the bay. By the time they reached the English Channel a strong south westerly of 33knots and tide with them saw Firebird hit 16 knots boat speed. The good luck sticking with them, the team made a speedy nip round the east corner of the UK, past the Thames and down the river Orwell, resembling more of a mill pond as the sun set. 

Just one last thing to navigate.. the bridge! Ipswich is known for having a concrete box girder bridge, not dissimilar to those found in the fjords of northern Norway. As night fell, Tim was hoisted up the rig to ensure that there was enough clearance with the tide. Good practice for some of the bridges in the arctic which have just 2 metre clearance. Fortunately, with more than enough clearance Firebird continued to pass through the lock, before entering Ipswich Haven Marina. 

Firebird and the team will start part two of their journey north in ten days time. Let’s see what the north sea has in store..

Firebird sets sail for the Ski & Sail holiday charter season in Tromso, Norway

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since our last blog so we thought we’d give you an update!

Our crew recently took Firebird through a yard period in Port Adriano where some standard maintenance jobs were carried out ahead of the winter ski and sail season.  Having completed all of our jobs we put our Oyster 885 back in the water where we then travelled on to our Palma home-base to prepare for the delivery trip to Ipswich, before heading on to Tromso, Norway.

Tim, Holly and Ollie transformed Firebird from summer to winter mode, including reinstalling our ski racks and boot warmers! It's set to be a fantastic season, with our friends at Boreal Yachting already enjoying everything sailing in the arctic has to offer - including the spectacular northern lights. Not long until we can share in the delights, just a small matter of 3000NM to sail first!

Our chef Mel has also been busy in the galley making sure the crew have hearty food to sustain and energise them as we sail to chillier climates in search of fresh backcountry snow.

To find out more about our fantastic winter Ski and Sail holidays click here!

That’s all for now!

The Firebird Crew

Firebird Ski & Sail expeditions featured in January edition of Boat International

We are delighted to feature in the latest edition of Boat International showcasing stunning imagery from Waterline Media during one of our Ski and Sail expeditions out of Tromsø, Norway. Click here to check out Boat International or find out more about our Ski and Sail tour packages here! #SailFirebird

Apres Ski - With a Twist

Whilst you may be used to diving into your favourite apres ski bar, you can also enjoy the likes of a private “Ghost Pub” after your ski down the mountain in remote northern Norway. Our favourite, again on Kvalloya, is left unlocked and unmanned for anyone to use, set with a sound system and bar – your own private party! James Ollie and Mel met guests today with “Afternoon Tea” treats and cans of beer kept cold by arctic snow on your way in to the pub and homemade steaming gluhwein once inside.


Arnoya - A Hidden Gem

A favourite spot on our charter itinerary is Arnoya which holds Trolltinden. There are a number of words that can describe this place, but peace is maybe the best one. A quiet stillness accompanies you on your tour up Trolltinden, located on a remote island with only 4 inhabitants. Fighting other skiers for fresh powder is only an echo in your mind of previous holidays in crowded French ski resorts. You’re unaccompanied on this mountain – except for your friends and mountain guide and the view at the top is for your eyes only before a thrilling descent which leads directly to the boat at the bottom.