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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 119 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 119 reviews
Ben Morison
Ben Morison
11:16 25 Jan 23
A really lovely adventure, quite unlike any sailing I have done before. Getting away from the the usual charter boat experience and heading offshore, sailing from one country to another, and getting some fantastic instruction along the way was everything and more that I'd hoped for. The boats are exciting, rugged and fun. I bonded so well with everyone and already miss the banter and daily experience. I'll be back soon Rubicon!
Kate Shires
Kate Shires
20:08 23 Jan 23
Fab sailing holiday with a great bunch of people to the Channel Islands! As a first time sailor, I highly recommend Rubicon 3!
Sandra Duenas
Sandra Duenas
12:59 19 Jan 23
Sailed on BlueJay on the December-2022 to January-2023 The Grenadines: The daily physical effort of pulling lines to raise sails EVERY morning and to lower them became extremely taxing after 4 or so days. This DAILY physical effort took away most energy left for other activities. If the sailboat had furling for the jibs and more automated ways of sailing, rather than so much manual effort, then it would have been a more enjoyable sailing experience. But this boat, Bluejay, is too old to be used as a cruiser/sailing (not racing) sailboat with so many people onboard.Also, there are way too many people in such a cramped space. You don't need 7+ crew to help the skipper and first mate sail Bluejay. At the most 4 crew + skipper and mate. So the tons of people cramped in such a small place felt more like money making for Rubicon3 rather than providing a comfortable sailing experience for the paying-crew.However, I have to say that the skipper, Paul, and the mate, Alex were GREAT. They truly did a good job in keeping the whole experience way better than otherwise.The itinerary around the islands was very good. The food was acceptable.====================I was expecting to help sail the boat but the environment was extremely crowded with so many other crew people who continuously jumped in to do what I was hoping to do and/or what the skipper assigned to me. So, there was no space for me to participate at my own pace as everyone kept jumping into everyone else's task.The constant chatter for 12 days of everyone was overwhelming. When the skipper or the mate would give directions, there were at least 2 crew members who would interrupt the skipper or mate and give opposite directions or just chatter over what was being said. So, it became schizophrenic to try to follow directions from the skipper/mate. The skipper/mate never tried to correct this problem, basically to direct the crew to not interrupt directions or talk over the directions from the skipper/mate.The sailboat is very old so to have so many cramped into such a small old boat sharing one mini-shower and two toilets that use a pump is extremely uncomfortable and it should be clearly explained to people signing up to be crew on these boats.Also, the berth needs to be described to be extremely narrow with a mattress that is very very thin on a hard board. And the supposedly 'privacy' curtain is not such thing, it is just a curtain to be raised to prevent the person from falling over.In any event, 12 days like this were somewhat traumatic for me and I would never have done this trip for 12 days had I known the exact living conditions and sailing extreme physical/manual daily effort JUST to get going in the morning and anchor in the afternoon.
Dumitru Capdefier
Dumitru Capdefier
20:16 14 Dec 22
Thank you all for the great time I spent on board of Starling ! Thank you Bruce Jacobs ! Thank you Manu Parker! Many, many tanks Pete French! …the amazing trip from A Coruna to Las Palmas was not only enjoyable for myself but productive as per today I am a newly qualified Yacht Master Ocean!Once again many,many,many thanks everyone!
Chris Haworth
Chris Haworth
11:29 15 Nov 22
I am an experienced sailor who joined a celestial navigation course (both in the classroom for 2 days and in a 12 day sailing environment). On the boat were 9 other customers comprising a full range of sailing experience from novice to Yachtmasters. Some were preparing for/completing RYA Qualifications others not. I consider Rubicon provided excellent training and an excellent environment at all levels.
Nathalie Moreau
Nathalie Moreau
08:23 05 Nov 22
Beautifully fitted boat with lots of new sails and equipment. A dream to sail and live on. Plenty of opportunities to practice and learn, and also to chill in the beautiful surroundings and with other crew members. Will definitely come back for a longer passage!
Charles Robinson
Charles Robinson
09:29 31 Oct 22
Went with them on the Biscay crossing on Starling. Excellent trip, very professionally run. Skipper (Maggie) and Mate (Manu) both excellent. Highly recommended
Claire Goodridge
Claire Goodridge
19:15 29 Oct 22
Sailed Gosport to Falmouth. Fantastic skipper and First Mate. Brilliant boat. Crew were so friendly. Felt so safe with such knowledgeable skipper and first mate. The itinerary changed, but was no bother. We had a fantastic 5. I had been a little apprehensive but didn't need to have been! Next trip already booked. Grenada here I come!!
Mike Tait
Mike Tait
06:44 29 Oct 22
Take the opportunity to choose and have an adventure on one of their trips. The skippers and boats will inspire you and raise your sailing game from whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.
chris lawes
chris lawes
09:41 28 Oct 22
This was my first time sailing on a yacht - it was a great experience and I plan to do so again. I really recommend it for any first timers wanting to dip their toes into sailing - but it is addictive.
C E
C E
21:34 03 Oct 22
Awesome trip to Channels Islands. The Skipper Pete and mate Matt - totally made this trip . Whether a beginner or experienced Day Skipper, they tailored to everyone's needs and were a brilliant laugh!
Debby Moore
Debby Moore
10:03 22 Sep 22
An amazing trip! Didn't know what to expect going in but was pleasantly surprised and had a fantastic time. The dedicated and friendly crew made all the difference.
Mark Duell
Mark Duell
12:02 10 Sep 22
A great experience! Well equipped boat, knowledgeable and friendly crew who get everyone involved.
Rob Brown
Rob Brown
20:41 05 Sep 22
A great trip - fantastic training & a good balance of training & exploring
Mary Morrison
Mary Morrison
07:44 23 Aug 22
AC C
AC C
07:51 08 Aug 22
Peter Ralphs
Peter Ralphs
14:31 05 Aug 22
Really great day coastal sailing trip on another Clipper 60 with Rubicon 3. We had 4 great days sailing along the South Devon & Cornish coasts. Neil the skipper was very knowledgeable and a great trainer. Hannah was full of youthful energy & enthusiasm and really looked after us. Can't recommend Rubicon 3 highly enough.
Kate Whyatt
Kate Whyatt
10:30 01 Aug 22
Great experience with dedicated skipper and first mate.
Lindsey Scott
Lindsey Scott
11:26 20 Jul 22
Helmut Reinthaler
Helmut Reinthaler
11:42 12 Jul 22
Great adventure and best guidance for anyone who wants to experience truly ocean sailing
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