Life on Board Humla

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You don’t need any experience to join Humla’s adventure sailing holidays, just a love for the natural world and a real sense of adventure.


Getting Involved

Sailing with Humla is a real hands-on experience as you work with the crew and fellow guests to navigate the wild coasts of Norway together. Get stuck into all aspects of life on board, from taking the helm to setting and trimming the sails, basic sail theory, and domestic duties.

The skipper and first mate (co-skipper), will be onboard during Humla’s sailing holidays. Along the way, preferably by sailing but sometimes under a motor, we will include all guests in the sailing experience. 

The physical sailing of Humla is relatively straightforward, so she’s a great boat to learn about if you haven’t sailed before. Her simple rig has two sails, the main and genoa, all working off a winch system. You can take the helm, working with the skipper to watch your course. The crew that sail in these waters are wildly skilled, resourceful and calm and they are always on hand to guide guests.

The boat works on a relaxed watch system, usually 4 hours on and 8 hours off. This gives guests a real chance to have some focussed sailing time but equally have the time to just be. To sit, watch the world go by, relax, nap, read a book in your cabin, play cards in the saloon or just simply sit at the bows, watching and reflecting as the world glides by. If Humla spends time on anchor, the watch system will run overnight, but with all guests and crew participating, you wouldn’t be on watch on consecutive nights.

There is always a thorough safety briefing and introduction once guests have settled onboard, followed by a “man overboard” procedure (don’t worry – this is a fender, not a real person!) and a fire safety drill.

Below Decks

Central heating runs continuously throughout the boat, so she is wonderfully cosy! The spacious saloon and galley are set mid ships with 360o windows at deck level – perfect for cooking with a view. All cabins have heating, comfy beds, thick duvets and wool blankets. The cabins are a mix of double beds and twin bunks, but cabins are not allocated until all guests are on board so that everyone is matched with the right size bed and right facilities for their needs! 

There are three shared bathrooms with boat showers/hot water, although, as with all sailing experiences, guests are asked to be respectful of their water consumption. There will also be times when there are options to use the marina facilities. A small bath towel is provided per person, but you’ll need to bring an extra hand towel or swim towel if you wish. 

Eating Aboard

Aside from setting the sails and taking the helm, the next most important aspect of sailing on Humla is definitely the food! Once you’ve boarded the boat, a crew member will split all guests into pairs, who are then divided over a rota for breakfast, lunch and dinner duties. With an average of 10 people on board, you’ll normally do one of each service over a week’s voyage.

If you’re not much of a cook, fear not! There will be a menu plan for the whole voyage already planned out with all the provisions on board. The menu plan is entirely flexible depending on the plan for the day. Maybe you catch a fish, or maybe the more confident cooks will want to experiment a little! Alongside the menu plan, there is a correlating recipe book, especially one made with ingredients, quantities, and cooking methods to match the meal plan. Cooking on board is an integral part of how a sailing ship operates. A hearty feed after a sailing adventure, a chance to bring everyone together, confidence to grow, and cultural culinary tips to be shared.

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