Run by world-class instructors

A true adventure is hard to find, but in 2015 you have the chance to do something spectacular. Join us on a specialised 60’ expedition yacht on some of the most exciting and unusual voyages there are. Sailing from the UK to Germany, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Greenland, you can sign up from 1 week to the full 6 months. Rubicon 3 is an RYA school and no previous sailing experience is required. A huge sense of adventure is. Places are limited and some legs are already full, so if you are looking to do something truly special in 2015, get in touch now to find out more.

No previous experience required

The expeditions are run by two full time professional crew who are some of the most highly skilled and qualified sailors around. So whether you’ve never sailed before in your life or are a seasoned sailor, you are going to have an incredible experience and return with a host of new skills and experiences to last you a lifetime.


S/Y Hummingbird under full sail
UK coastguard high line transfer exercise

Join us from 2 weeks to a full 6 months on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Exploring in

the Lofoten Islands

with sheer mountains and clear water

Blessed with the best weather Norway has had in years, the Lofoten Islands have been the most lovely cruising ground. Is Norway always this sunny?

Some anchorages

are simply out of this world

Deep in the Norwegian fjords, we found this almost perfect anchorage. Completely deserted, and like a Norwegian version of the Wild West, we caught mackerel, swam, kayaked and drank a beer or two!

Weaving through the archipelago

Under full sail

can be pretty exhillerating at times!

We couldn’t resist getting a few shots of ‘The Bird’ as we wound our way through the labyrinth of channels en route to Mariehamm. It’s certainly been some of the best sailing we’ve ever done, if a little nerve-wracking at times! And there’s plenty more to come as we head for the Stockholm archipelago next.

When the sailing's done

it's time to kayak!

We take Hummingbird into some pretty tight spaces, but past a certain point it’s down to Pigeon our trusty tender and the kayak. It’s such a lovely way to explore a coastline or anchorage.

ever wondered what it looks like

at the top of the mast

75ft up?

when there's genuinely no wind

You get an amazing sea!

and a beautiful sunset

Leaving Sassnitz, on the German island of Rugen, there was not a breath of wind, but equally the sea was almost oily in its texture. It’s rarely like this. An awesome site!

cooking up a storm in


with an impromptu dock dinner

Sometimes, you just have that completely unexpected evening, in a little harbour we had no intention of visiting. An incredible sunset, a brilliant dinner, a dip in the Baltic and a ferociously hot sauna to top it off. Estonian heaven and the true essence of our expeditions.

Fully decked out in

Visby, Gotland

Sometimes you just have to put up every flag you have and show your colours! basking in the sun in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Visby, Gotland off the east coast of Sweden

We're OFF!

Read up on our progress in our journey blog

Where are we today?



Sailing Routes 2015

Westfjords in the summer of 2015 is now

But you’re not too late to sail with us on an expedition to Iceland and Greenland in 2015. There’s our Westfjords and Greenland leg and the Eastern and Northern Iceland leg. Don’t miss out if you are thinking of joining us. But do reserve your place quickly.

Join us for a

Free trial sail

November 1st

Yup – completely free day’s sailing if you end up signing up to one of our 2015 expeditions – but even if you decide not to, it’s only £30 for the day, a whopping £100 less than our normal day rate. Only four places left so get in touch quickly. You cannot get to sail one of these boats anything like this cheaply, so don’t miss out. Reserve your place here

If you reach the required standard

RYA qualifications

are available

Our focus is on serious, long range expeditions to some of the most exciting regions in the world. However, the training for and during those expeditions means you should develop some very high quality seamanship. For those who are committed to the learning and who reach the required standard, we can award various RYA qualifications. We can also train you in celestial navigation, oversee your ocean qualifying passages and more. Get in touch and discuss your goals with us. We can help you achieve them to the very highest standards.

We are available for

Private Charter

for you and your friends

This is the perfect yacht for taking a group away on a sailing trip. Whether its a group of friends, a work outing or even just the family, our big spacious and comfortable yacht gives you a fantastic base from which to sail and explore. We carry BBQs, tenders, sea kayaks and more to ensure you have a really special holiday. Tell us what you are after and we can almost certainly provide it. Split between six or eight people, these charters work out at incredible value and are something really unique. Available for single days, weekends, long weekends and extended trips, you are only limited by your imagination! Get in touch with us now and availability is limited and goes very quickly.

After sailing down the Thames we had

Some of the best sailing this year

in the English Channel

Awesome sailing in the English Channel

Expert photographer Sally Golden managed to capture the moment perfectly as Hummingbird cuts through the swell in the English Channel on the way back home to Portsmouth. It was a great trip, with some serious sailing, and much less serious conversation!

time to sail

and learn the ropes

What a season we’ve had in 2014. All the way from London to St Petersburg, back through the Finnish and Swedish archipelagoes, via Helsinki and Stockholm. We sailed to the Faeroes and on up to the Arctic Circle, using only the sextant and we’ve wound our way down the Norwegian fjords. Most of the crew have been first timers or of only limited experience. Qualifications have been gained, skills learned and friendships for life made!

Will you come on a holiday of a lifetime this summer? Book now!