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Sailing Holidays Packed Full of Adventure

– No previous experience needed –

With Europe’s Leading Adventure Sailing School

60’sailing yachts
and exploring ashore

Full training
included

Solo crew or
groups welcome

4.9
Based on 137 reviews
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Sail and explore spectacular high latitude regions such as Svalbard, Iceland, Norway and the Faroes. Alternatively, tick off a high adrenalin bucket list item and set sail across the Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian or Caribbean Sea. Whether it’s sailing hundreds of miles offshore or anchoring amidst icebergs and heading ashore to explore, Rubicon 3 runs Europe’s leading adventure sailing holidays, with over 30 magical routes for you to take part in.

No previous experience is needed on most of them and our expert skippers give you full training onboard so that you can learn and be fully involved whatever your background. All ages above 18 are welcome, 90% join solo, and it’s usually a 50:50 mix of men and women, so it’s sociable, within the physical comfort zone of almost everyone, and most importantly huge fun.


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RUBICON 3
4.9
Based on 137 reviews
Erica Adams
Erica Adams
14:00 07 Jun 23
I was a first time sailor, sailing on Blue Jay with Ollie and Nicholas as skipper and first mate, I felt very safe and thoroughly enjoyed my first sailing trip from Portsmouth to Oban, I learned such a lot about the boat and my ability to cope, cant wait to try it again.
J. Campbell
J. Campbell
09:52 13 May 23
Fabian Fürst
Fabian Fürst
14:43 09 May 23
Best cruise ever if you really want to get a real sailing trip!
Paul D'Wit
Paul D'Wit
16:40 08 May 23
Did the 10 day passage planning masterclass between Falmouth and Oban in April 2023 on Oriole. Skipper Paul and first mate Konrad were first class
Jim Littlefield
Jim Littlefield
15:10 05 May 23
I joined the overnight repositioning of Blue Jay from Antigua to St. Maarten at the last minute. Overall, the trip exceeded my expectations and was thoroughly enjoyable. The crew was patient and accommodating, especially considering my limited sailing experience, and they were also quite friendly. The longer trips look even more amazing, and I hope to join one of those excursions soon!
Angus Merelie
Angus Merelie
07:42 03 May 23
Great people; this is real adventure-sailing!
Wendy
Wendy
12:12 30 Apr 23
My sail in the Irish Sea was wonderful!! I learned so much from the Skipper, First Mate, and other members of the crew. I always felt safe and developed some new skills.
J Garhart
J Garhart
11:48 30 Apr 23
Awesome sailboat. And awesome Captain (Patrick) and first mate (Alex).
Vagn Olsen
Vagn Olsen
11:47 30 Apr 23
Just arrived after five marvelous weeks Antigua-Portsmouth👍An ocean passage is of course physically demanding… but it has been fully and more than paid back by tremendously adding to my sailing skills (though I didn’t consider myself a novice from the start😏) - and not least by the experience of a group of very different individuals gradually being knitted together to form a close collective with strong personal relationships.Great crew - professionals and deckhands as well👍
David Vowles
David Vowles
08:03 22 Apr 23
A fantastic place to book your sailing adventure. Latest trip was Antigua to Jamaica - very experienced skipper and mate to take your skills to the next level.
Denis Mulvihill
Denis Mulvihill
14:12 21 Apr 23
Exhilarating experience sailing around the British Virgin Islands visiting numerous places of interest, scuba diving spots and beach bars. Great sailing in between with Force 5 winds, squalls and rollers giving a taste of the open ocean environment. Great first experience of what life is like on an ocean going race yacht.
Lisa Walden
Lisa Walden
15:07 04 Apr 23
The BEST sailing experience! Ocean racing yachts with comforts: fridge for cold beers, saloon space for all to sit, no drips on the berths, heating. Fab time with Rubicon 3, fun, friendly and fulfilling, a great adventure!
Simon Redfearn
Simon Redfearn
10:01 22 Mar 23
Fantastic week sailing the leeward islands. Skipper and mate were great
Helen Wilson
Helen Wilson
22:35 13 Mar 23
Jorge Bernal
Jorge Bernal
16:58 01 Mar 23
Excellent live hands on sailing at the sea with Experience and nice Skipper. boat need better maintenance.
Bev Hurley
Bev Hurley
12:56 28 Feb 23
josh stiller
josh stiller
17:49 26 Feb 23
I joined the yacht for the trip up from Grenada to Antigua ready for the RORC Carribbean 600 race.The skipper and the first mate were fantastic. Both of them are extremely knowledgeable and couldn't help you more.During the initial meet and chat between all the crew, one lady mentioned that her previous experience with other companies had been of skippers shouting at people and only being given simple tasks. That was not the case for this trip. Everyone onboard was equal and we all had to pitch in to get the large yacht moving!Onboard the yacht was very clean and well catered. Each crew member had their own bunk with ample storage (I took far to many clothes and still had room left over), only advice here would be to bring a sheet for the mattress and a pillow case and also pack all your stuff in bags, it makes it easier to spread between the storage areas.Temp wise the boat had AC and fans so it wasn't to bad considering it's the Carribbean and hot.The other people that joined the boat all seemed to be like minded people and conversation on watches seemed to flow easily. Very quickly we all relaised that we needed to help each other with tasks, especially the Yankee sheets. It's a powerful sail on a big winch we ended up having 2 on a winch handle most of the time.The Race, RORC Carribbean 600. Wow! This was my first yacht race and it was an amazing experience. Skipper Andy had an amazing knowledge of the course and knew what route to send bluejay on to suit her.The first mate Alex, she knew bluejay inside out and was able to really get the most out of the yacht too, she was continuously checking the sails to make sure they were trimmed just right to keep us moving fast.Overall, I really enjoyed the trips and learned so much, I will definitely book again with Rubicon 3, just need to decide where!
Tara Jewell
Tara Jewell
23:24 23 Feb 23
A fantastic way to see the Caribbean. The itinerary was flexible to accommodate our interests, and the crew experienced and supportive of teaching new skills. A fun adventure, thank you!
Andrew Munn
Andrew Munn
20:47 23 Feb 23
Rubicon3 is a thoroughly professional sail touring company. I enjoyed a two week sail starting in St Lucia; travelling through Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe; finishing in Antigua. The skipper and mate were very professional and courteous. I really enjoyed sailing and exploring with everyone on the boat. The boat, sails and gear were in excellent condition. I will be joining Rubicon3 again soon.
ryan scott
ryan scott
18:34 15 Feb 23
Andy and Alex were fantastic! Their calm and cool nature, their patience and experience, their ability to teach and encourage were suburb. I will sail with them again.
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You can join a Coastal Adventure such as our Faroe Islands Explorer, or wonderful Loch Fyne and the Isles of Arran or you could head up to the high latitudes and explore somewhere such as Norway’s Lofoten Islands. If your heart is set on a big offshore passage and heading hundreds of miles offshore, then why not sail the Atlantic Ocean with us, or make a high adrenalin passage such as Norway and Iceland or Jamaica to New York City.

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From 5 to 12 days, these are perfect for any level of sailor, from absolute beginners wanting to learn to sail to those with more experience. Our Coastal sailing holidays are run in wild and wonderful places, but always close to shore and with plenty of time to explore ashore.

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Some days you’ll berth in a town centre, small port or marina. Others you’ll be at.anchor in beautiful hidden bays. You could sail and explore the crystal clear waters and sun soaked beaches of the Caribbean’s Grenadine or Windward Islands. These are magical island chains, fringed with white sand and palm trees and perfect places for those who love snorkelling.

If spectacular wildlife grabs your heart, head to the puffin paradise of the Faroe Islands or the polar region of Svalbard, a magical world of glaciers, icebergs, walrus and polar bears. For those who love stunning landscapes, culture and history, the west coast of Scotland is rightly famous around the world, as are the coast of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Whichever route you choose, it’s a new destination every day with plenty of time to explore ashore.

More aboutOffshore passages

Our offshore voyages head hundreds of miles out to sea, sailing from one country to another. This is where you’ll experience the ultimate freedom of life out on the mighty ocean. It is a world of white specked waves and endless horizons, gorgeous sun sets, heart warming sunrises and white blanket of stars at night.

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Sometimes you’ll be drifting in hot sun, searching for ripples of wind, other times battening down the hatches to cope with stronger winds and bigger seas. The feeling you get when making landfall in a new country is an experience you’ll share with sailors throughout the generations and the satisfaction from completing an offshore voyage or crossing an ocean something you’ll never forget.

More aboutSkipper Masterclasses

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A typical candidate on our skills builders or skipper development courses might have got their sailing qualifications in Greece but are not confident in the tidal waters of the UK. For other, it’s been a few years since they sailed and everything has just got really rusty. More experienced sailors might be wanting to learn how to take on a longer passage so they can head to a foreign port themselves.

Whatever your current situation, if rapid improvement in skills and confidence is your goal, these skills builders and skipper development courses are exactly what you need.

Full financial protection Book with confidence

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You can speak with us as much as you want before making a booking. We are proud of our great service and no question is too simple or too obvious. Our HQ team, based here in England, will give you the advice you need, from which type of trip to join, what to expect on board the yacht, which destinations you might find most fun – right down to which start and end port you need to get to and when. Our adventures are not flight-inclusive holidays so our team will also be happy to help you pick the right flights to connect to and from the yacht. If ever you need more information, all you have to do is get in touch.

More about Our ethos & skippers

Rather than luxury yachts, Rubicon 3 sailing holidays are run on spectacular 60’ expedition yachts, custom built to take on oceans and expeditions off the beaten track. These boats are perfect whether you want to learn to sail for the first time or cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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Being one of the most skilful and experienced skippers in the industry is given for a Rubicon 3 skipper. However, it’s not enough and to run our adventure holidays and expeditions, they also have to be exceptionally kind, patient and good company. Too many crew join us having previously had a bad sailing experience which damaged their confidence or even been shouted at. It is the antithesis of the sailing spirit and you will find our skippers and mates to be warm, inspirational and hugely caring..

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Blueco Holdings Ltd, t/a Rubicon 3 Adventure
20 – 22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

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