Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to ever sail solo and non-stop around the world between June 1968 and April 1969, a voyage that took 312 days.
Sail into Cowes Week with Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari
Cowes Week is the oldest and largest sailing regatta in the world. Champion yachtsmen and weekend enthusiasts alike take to the water and race the demanding five-mile channel between England and the Isle of Wight in up to a thousand beautiful boats - and then flock to the shoreside pubs and bars with equal enthusiasm.
It's a spectacle not to be missed and on this very special 11-day voyage in August 2021, you'll sail the Solent and join this famous sporting event in Tradewind Voyages' Golden Horizon, a ship guaranteed to turn heads with its 6,300 sq metres of billowing sails.
Added to this is the chance to meet and hear from two of Britain's greatest ever yachtsmen and yachtswomen, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston and Dee Caffari, who will join you on board in Cowes. They will each give an exclusive talk and take part in a Q&A session.
And this is just the start. You will also visit Devon, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Jersey and Guernsey.
Reasons to book
England's south-west coast
Exclusive events with Sir Robin
Sail on Golden Horizon
The Channel Islands
Meet Dee Caffari
Your expert guides
- Exclusive talk and Q&A with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
- Drinks and book signing with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Talk and Q&A with Dee Caffari
- 10 nights' luxury accommodation on Golden Horizon
- All on-board meals
- Wine beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner when served in the main restaurant
- One copy of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's book Running Free per booking (subscribers only)
- Free Wi-Fi
- On-board entertainment gratuities and service charges
- Option to book additional pre-cruise or post-cruise overnight stay in Harwich
Day1Board the Golden Horizon in Harwich, EssexHarwich, United Kingdom
You'll set sail from this English Haven Port within easy reach of London.
Day2At SeaEnglish Channel, United Kingdom
Today you'll sail along the 22-mile stretch of South Devon coastline known as the English Riviera which includes the pretty seaside resorts of Torbay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham.
Day3Cowes, Isle of WightCowes, United Kingdom
You'll arrive on the Isle of Wight, just 23 miles long by 13 miles wide, on the penultimate day of Cowes Week. Today, enjoy the world-class sailing action at sea or explore inland before a dazzling display of fireworks, this evening. You will also meet and hear from the record-breaking yachstwoman, Dee Caffari in a special talk.
Optional Excursion: Take the Island Coastal Path from Old Shanklin Village to Bonchurch or take a high-speed RIB ride on the Solent.
Day4Cowes, Isle of WightCowes, United Kingdom
The Isle of Wight has hosted Cowes Week since the early 1800s. You will be joined by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston for a guided walk through Cowes to learn more about the island, the home of world yachting. You'll take in the Classic Boat Museum before afternoon tea at the Royal Ocean Racing Club, founded in 1925 and offering spectacular views.
Day5Dartmouth, DevonDartmouth, United Kingdom
Set amongst wild moorlands and river valleys, Dartmouth is one of South Devon's most enchanting towns. Spend the day exploring the town's museums and art galleries, visit Dartmouth Castle or Agatha Christie's holiday home, Greenway House. Optional Excursions include Devonshire with a walking tour of Dartmouth, cruising along the River Dart to Totnes and riding a traditional steam train through the rolling scenery of Kingswear.
This evening, Sir Robin will host a cocktail reception, followed by a talk about his experinces and sailing accomplishments and a Q&A session.
Day6Falmouth, CornwallFalmouth, United Kingdom
You'll stop in the deep, natural harbour of Falmouth today and have time to explore this lively town, sample the local Cornish pasties and sweet homemade fudge, visit one of the nearby subtropical gardens or travel to Pendennis Castle, a well-preserved 16th-century fortress built by Henry VIII.
Optional Excursions: Journey to picture-perfect St Ives, nestled on the north Cornish coast or discover the layers of history hidden within the medieval castle and church of St. Michael's Mount.
Day7St Mary’s, Scilly IslesSt Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Just five of these unspoilt islands, 28 miles off the Cornish coast, are inhabited, the largest of which is St Mary's. Enjoy some 30 miles of walking and cycling trails (compared to just nine miles of road) as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Optional Excursion: Take a wildlife cruise around the Eastern Isles, a group of 12 rugged islands, to spot some 453 species of seabird and Atlantic grey seals. You'll also enjoy a tour and wine tasting at St Martins vineyards.
Day8St Peter Port, GuernseySaint Peter Port, Guernsey
Wander the sun-drenched cobbled streets of St Peter Port on Guernsey today and discover the island's colourful wildflower meadows and exotic gardens. With broad beaches and sheltered coves as well as scenic coastal walks, this, the second largest of the Channel Islands, is a joy to explore.
Optional Excursion: Enjoy a scenic drive around Guernsey including a visit to a local cider orchard or take a boat to Herm, a tiny island where cars are banned.
Day9St Helier, JerseySaint Helier, United Kingdom
The largest of the seven inhabited Channel Islands, Jersey boasts stunning scenery, from the rugged cliffs of the north to the long sandy beaches and rolling Atlantic waves of the south and west. Plus its buzzing capital, St Helier, is famous for its food.
Optional Excursion: Learn what life was like in Jersey during the German occupation with a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels. Alternatively go bird-watching in the Jersey Wetlands with an expert ornithologist.
Day10At SeaEnglish Channel, United Kingdom
Enjoy your last full day on the Golden Horizon, book in for a spa treatment or unwind in the sauna and hamman or find a quiet spot in the stylish library to read.
Day11Disembark the Golden Horizon in Harwich, EssexHarwich, United Kingdom
Disembark the Golden Horizon in Harwich, Essex.
About Your Ship
The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.
Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.
All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.
Style & Character
Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.
The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.
With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.
Facilities & Services
Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.
There are three pools to choose from, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.
Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.
All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living
& dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed
& guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and
Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.
Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.
Food & Drink
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.
Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.
There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.
Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.
Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.
Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.