Excellence of Dart Skippered Charter

Excellence of Dart Skippered Charter on a Luxury Yacht

UK Circumnavigation

Learn to sail, take the helm, hone your skills, build your experience, crunch some hours and/or just relax and have fun with your friends aboard the 58 foot luxury sloop Excellence of Dart.

Excellence of Dart is about to set off on a circumnavigation of the UK and have some cabin availability in the summer months.  For individuals, couples or groups these legs can be taken as 1, 2 or 3 week cruises.

June

Sail from Dartmouth to the West coast of Wales.

July

Enjoy a week or two as part of the WCC malts cruise of the Scottish Isles.

August

Cruise in style through the Caledonian Canal, along the East coast of Scotland and England and then French port hopping down the English Channel and back to Dartmouth.

If you would like more information about these trips then please visit Excellent of Dart.  Mention Lovesail and they may even give you a discount!

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Book Giveaway – Rain Later, Good

Book Giveaway: Rain Later, Good – Painting the Shipping Forecast by Peter Collyer

With Christmas and the New Year well and truly behind us, February can be a little dull.  So to perk things up a little Lovesail is giving away one signed copy of the stunning book Rain Later, Good – Painting the Shipping Forecast by Peter Collyer.

Rain Later, Good is the award winning story of Peter Collyer’s extraordinary journey around the Shipping Forecast areas. The Shipping Forecast, broadcast by BBC Radio 4, is a national institution, relied upon by mariners but also strangely comforting and poetic to landlubbers. First published in 1998 to great reviews, Rain Later, Good was chosen by the RNLI to celebrate their 175th anniversary, and has sold over 25,000 copies.

Peter Collyer’s brilliant and detailed paintings help conjure up the most mythical locations, whilst his delightful idiosyncratic text provides a wealth of fascinating insights. He introduces us to the people who live and work in these shipping forecast areas, and he passes on snippets of tantalising information which give a powerful impression of the place and convey a real feeling of being there. The beautiful paintings from his travels really capture the spirit of these wild and isolated spots, and this new edition includes new paintings, sketches and up to date text. This is a much-loved book celebrating an iconic broadcast.

A very remarkable painter. His work is simply stunning with an observed intensity which makes him very special indeed.’ Chris Beetles in The Daily Telegraph

‘The most delightful and unexpected book I’ve encountered this year… a wonderful book.’ John Naughton, The Times

 

To be in with a chance of winning this lovely book just visit our Lovesail facebook page and ‘like’ our Lovesail page (make sure you like the page not a post).  The closing date for ‘likes’ is 28th February 2014.  We will pick one winner from the ‘like’ list after the closing date.  Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway can be seen here.

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Visioning 2 for 1 Offer for Lovesail Members

Visioning Offer 2 for 1

Lovesail members have the chance to experience a visioning day near Chichester in Hampshire on 15th June 2013.  Take along a friend with the 2 for 1 offer.  Spend a day figuring out what you really want in terms of a romantic relationship

What is visioning?

Purposeful daydreaming applied to the real issues of life; a private, absorbing, enjoyable and often surprising activity. It’s an opportunity to listen to the whisper within. People find that this approach gentle, enjoyable and surprisingly profound.

Olympic athletes spend as long rehearsing their minds as they do practising on the track. Visioning takes this approach to the more everyday challenges of life.

There is absolutely no limit to what visioning can be applied to. For instance improving a relationship, losing weight, living, planning a holiday to name but a few examples.

Visioning provides an opportunity to expand your thinking and stay, just for a few hours, in the world of possibilities where anything goes, where there are no mistakes and where it’s possible to discover ideas we may never otherwise have thought of.

What happens at a Visioning workshop?

Spend a day figuring out what you really want in terms of a romantic relationship. Start by thinking about yourself. Then you’ll be in a better position to search for that someone special.  Enjoy a gentle and profound approach to meeting your next partner.

Step 1) Set an intention.

Step 2) Have fun selecting images, words, colours that appeal from a pile of old magazines.

Step 3) Create a collage/vision board. NB That doesn’t depend on artistic ability; this is not a work of art but a revelation of something within.

Step 4) At the workshop you will be encouraged to surmount the natural hurdles and limitations we all experience, typically – Stop waiting & start moving closer.

Step 5) Pay attention to what the images and words have to ‘say’.

Step 6) Expect to leave the workshop encouraged and with ideas for continuing to nurture your dream.

 

Visioning

  • Tap into your inner wisdom
  • Turn your desires and dreams into something tangible
  • Work on your blockages and limitations; and most importantly
  • Be encouraged to realise your dreams and be open to surprises!

 

Ann Beazer is a highly experienced encourager, coach, workshop designer and facilitator. Specialisms – Work with Passion, Creative Journal, Living Well and Visioning.

When: Saturday 15th June 2013 / 9.30am– 4.30pm
Where: Eleuthera Studio, near Chichester, West Sussex
Cost: £75 including lunch
To book and to find out more details contact :
Ann Beazer at hello@annbeazer.com or www.annbeazer.com  Mention that you are members of Lovesail and state your username for your 2 for 1 offer.

 

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Images courtesy of visionandwords.com and Ann Beazer

 

Cruising the Dodecanese Islands

Cruising the Dodecanese Islands One Weeks Sailing on Excellence of Dart a Beneteau 57 Leaving from Rhodes.

Excellence of Dart is a Beneteau 57 which has just taken part in the East Mediterranean Yacht Rally.  She is now running a few cruising trips around Greece and Turkey and has some late availability.  Be quick though, one week leaving from Rhodes on 4th August 2012 cruising the Dodecanese Islands.

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The Dodecanese Islands (literally translated means 12 islands) are a group of 12 larger Greek islands plus around 150 smaller ones.  They are located around the South East corner of the Aegean Sea near to the Turkish coast, and are known as a “Sailor’s Paradise”.   The Meltemi, a prevailing wind blows during the summer months and makes for great sailing.

The Excellence of Dart runs many other trips too.  There are plenty of opportunities for families and friends, single sex sailing weeks and mixed group cruises, gentle island hopping and more challenging sailing adventures. You can take a relaxing week of pottering,  join a windward adventure or sign up for a leg or more of the rally and sail to places you’ve never even dreamed you’d visit and along the way learn about Middle Eastern cultures and history.

For bookings, further information and to take a look at Excellence of Dart

Sunvil Sailing’s Exclusive Sailing Offer for Lovesail Members

Depart 10th June One and Two Week Ionian Sea, Greece Flotilla, Exclusive to Lovesail Members.

Just imagine cruising along in the sunshine on a yacht, dropping anchor for a swim or snorkel in the warm, clear waters of a beautiful bay. Perhaps taking a stroll on the deserted beach of a tiny uninhabited island or discovering exciting, historic towns, tasting the local cuisine and mixing with the friendly people or members.

Sunvil Sailing Holidays provide the ultimate balance between independence and unobtrusive support while sailing. Our specially chosen itineraries ensure you visit some of the best anchorages in the sailing area, while still allowing you to take as much time for free sailing as you like.

However you want to spend your sailing experience enjoying yourself, we’ll make sure you sail safely and have a great time. The ultimate in social sailing is in a flotilla. A great option for singles with a taste for adventure. A holiday with Sunvil Sailing is an informal, relaxed and unique experience. This is a holiday with a difference, seeing somewhere new every day without having to pack and unpack or pay extra travel or hotel expenses.

People from all walks of life go on our sailing holidays. We are there to show you how to do it and gain the most out of your experience while at the same time having fun learning something new, or just brushing up and participating in a passion that you enjoy. There are no hard and fast rules about coming on a sailing holiday and our teams are more than experienced to be able to take you to another level while maintaining your safety, fun and comfort.

We are offering all Lovesail members one and two-week cabin charters departing 10th June, whilst cruising the Ionian Islands as part of our small and social flotilla in Greece. Each yacht will have one of our skipper/instructors aboard so anyone requiring instruction and certification can avail themselves of this; whilst the experienced and certificated clients can enjoy the sailing experience that these waters offer.  There is always some self discovery while on this type of holiday. There’s also the option to meet up at agreed destinations for dinner, beach picnics etc. and to take part in fun regattas and other social events.

Many flotilla enthusiasts say that this is what makes a flotilla trip so special – meeting people with similar interests and sharing the excitement of discovering new sailing areas together. The Ionian Sea is often hailed as the ‘sailing capital’ of Greece and with good reason. The sheltered waters, favourable wind conditions and safe anchorages, in the heart of some stunning island scenery, make this part of the Ionian Sea ideal for both the novice and experienced sailor.

Details of the Sailing Holidays.

The one and two week cabin charters depart on 10th June.  Each member will have their own cabin and the yachts range from 35ft to 50ft depending on numbers and make-up of the group – age, sex, sailing experience etc.

The two-week flotilla will have some longer sails from our base on Lefkas Island into the Sea of Corinth – with a day or two of sightseeing such wonders as Delphi: the one-week participants will accompany the two-week sailors for about four days before having to start heading back to base. We really recommend the two-week package for anyone able to do it as it will give everyone a chance to really gel and to get to know each other better.

Holiday Prices

The price per person including flights from Gatwick (£39pp supplement for Manchester) and airport transfers in Greece for the one-week cabin charter flotilla is £850pp for Lovesail members (normally £933pp). For the two-week cabin charter flotilla the price is £1200pp (normally £1353pp).

For members making their own way to the yachts on Lefkas Island and not requiring our flights and transfers, the one-week price is £500pp (normally £550pp) and for two-weeks it is £900pp (normally £1050pp).

There is an on-site cash payment of £80 per person for the one week holiday and £140pp for two-weeks to cover Certification and Log-Books (where applicable); On-Board Expenses such as Fuel and Tanked Water; Yacht Damage Waiver; Charter Papers; Final end of charter Yacht Clean; Bed-Linen Laundry. Clients will put a kitty together to meet the cost of Mooring Charges and Daily on-board Food – this must also cover the instructor’s portion. Based on four clients this will average about €50 per person per week – depending on individuals’ needs and requirements. Payment in Euros will be accepted at the exchange rate on the day.

We are ATOL bonded and members of ABTA and IATA approved.

Sunvil Sailing.

 

Image courtesy of Schlongfield

 

St Valentines Day Offer

St Valentines Day

What better way to celebrate St Valentines Day than with a fabulous membership offer.

Throughout Valentines Day 2012, a  Gold membership to the Lovesail site can be bought for the reduced price of £39.95/$59.92ish (exchange rates may fluctuate).  A Gold membership offers unlimited access to the site for an unlimited time.  All we ask is that you keep you account active by logging on once in every 90 days.

Don’t worry if you have missed this offer, Gold membership can be bought for £44.95/$67.42(ish) and offers great value for money.

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Lovesail – Dating and Social Networking

Lovesail is an on-line dating and social networking site for people that are passionate about sailing. All our members are sailing and boating enthusiasts looking for partners, friends or crew to sail with.  So hop aboard today.

It’s free to join, construct a profile and look around.  When you upgrade to our Gold Membership you have unlimited access to the whole site, no hidden extras to pay, and for as long as you wish provided you keep your account active.

We have members from all walks of life, from novice to experienced sailors and from all around the globe. If you want to learn how to sail, why not join and make friends with like-minded people? If you are planning a trip, use the site to find crew and get in touch with fellow sailors with local knowledge of your chosen ports and destination. And if you’re looking for that special someone to share your journey with, Lovesail could be where you find them.

Join today! It could open up a whole new world.

www.lovesail.com