Land of the Giants: Norway adventure
Enjoy an epic sail across the North Sea to Norway, the Land of the Giants, for just £2950 per person
NEW for 2024, this 13-day trip combines offshore sailing to one of Norway’s best-loved towns with adventuring in the fjords from the 8th to the 20th June. Highlights include Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), Stavanger harbour and charming old town, the North Sea crossing, 1000nm of offshore sailing, cruising around the fjords, and skerries of southern Norway.
Beginners and experienced sailors are all welcome; no experience is required on this fantastic experience of a lifetime! At CatZero, we support each other to expand our horizons, and our skilled instructors will be there to teach and support you at every step of the journey. There is also the opportunity to complete the RYA Competent Crew certificate.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2025
The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most iconic races in the world attracting many entrants from around the globe. This 695nm race is the highlight of the sailing calendar and is one of the most demanding offshore races. Crossing the Celtic Sea to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland, the race finishes in Cherbourg, France.
Although places for this race are not yet open, please do get in touch if you are interested in the 2025 Rolex Fastnet race to be one of the first to know when it becomes available.
This is a five-day, 400-mile round-trip North Sea experience from the Humber estuary to the Netherlands.
Those taking part join the CatZero yacht in Hull Marina on a Thursday and enjoy an action-packed sailing adventure, with time on shore before returning to Hull in the evening of the Monday. This trip is unique to CatZero and we take all ages, from teenagers to their grandparents. Please contact us by emailing [email protected] if you are interested in this sail.
The June 2024 Dutch Dash is fully booked, but we have scheduled another in for August due to the high demand! The August Dutch Dash will take place from the 22nd to the 26th. Get in touch soon as places are quickly being filled.
“The crew were fantastic and gave lots of time to us all, explaining all of the many questions we all had about sailing and just generally providing a really enjoyable experience on the yacht. I would definitely recommend this to anyone to try,” Gary Helder, from KCOM, who took part in the Dutch Dash.
For the full five days away, we request a donation of £595, which includes wet weather clothing, safety equipment, all meals and refreshments on board as well as the opportunity to complete your RYA Competent Crew qualification. All the profits go to our programmes.
Corporate Team Building (Sea & Land)
Great teamwork is key to all success and CatZero offers a unique opportunity to challenge, motivate and bond teams – and you take part knowing that you are supporting the work of this vital and unique charity. Tailored to individual needs, we offer management team days, teamwork and leadership challenges, reward and incentive packages and corporate hospitality.
“We are a communications company and as a team we have never communicated better than we did today,” an employee at the end of a day sail activity.
For more details and to discuss your individual needs, contact us.
CatZero Taster Sails
The 4-hour taster events sail out of Hull or Grimsby and are extremely popular both for a leisure experience for individual groups, or for business team-building and corporate entertaining. With sails to suit the tide, it is great to see the sun rise or set over the Humber! For a £95 per person donation, this is a unique opportunity to sit back and relax or have a go at sailing yourself. Each sail is limited to 12 places only. Please email [email protected] to ask when our next taster sail will take place.
CatZero Day Sails
The day sails offer a challenge away from the work environment or simply having some fun with your friends! Our 12-hour sails offer an extensive tour of the Humber area as you will have never seen it before. Skippered by our very own Danny Watson, he will lead you on an exciting, memorable and truly unique journey – not only of the Humber, but out into the North Sea. Friendships will be secured, while others made as we team you up with like-minded adventurers for the trip of a lifetime. We ask for a minimum donation of £195, to include breakfast, lunch and dinner along with all the kit you need. And remember, all the money goes into helping our charity to transform the lives of local people. Limited to 12 places only. For further information please email [email protected].
Gift vouchers can be purchased in advance to make an ideal Christmas or Birthday gift. Contact us to register your interest and for further details email [email protected].
In 2024, the taster sail will be taking place on Thursday the 6th June, and the day sail will be on Wednesday the 26th June. Email [email protected] now to secure your place!
School sails and bespoke opportunities
CatZero offers great individual sails for schools, with highly competitive rates depending on the size of the party and the length of the trip. All clothing and food is included, and all staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS checks. There is a free teacher place for every sail, with no hidden costs.
Meanwhile we offer a variety of bespoke sailing opportunities for all groups or organisations. No request is too much and will try our best to accommodate requests for private charters, especially out of season when the yacht is not used for programmes. Join us on a sail and help us to make a lasting difference, contact us today.
Sailing and our programmes
Those who sail will appreciate all the skills that a person requires to successfully take part in such an adventure. On board, they need to be a team, working together and helping each other. They are also challenged and must overcome fear and trepidation – in short, the experience builds self-esteem and confidence, in an environment that takes them away from the peer pressure and confines of everyday life back at home.
Our programmes combine this experience – offering both short and long sails – alongside the true challenges our delegates are facing to overcome the obstacles that have so far prevented them from turning their lives around. They are certainly outside their comfort zone as they take part in everything – from being the galley chef, to the engineer and the navigator! Indeed, participants recall overcoming dreadful sea sickness, to cook full meals for their fellow crew members!
We use sailing to underpin the values that people learn on our programmes – we help them find ways to help themselves, and this new-found confidence is put into practice on our sails.
History of the Yacht
CatZero (formerly known as One Hull) is a 72-foot Challenge Round the World Racing Yacht. The vessel is rated Category Zero hence her name, which means she can sail anywhere in the world in all conditions. We take this intrepid, adventurous attitude into our work with young people. Purchased using capital funds from NHS Hull, the yacht is primarily used with groups of young people and adults as a tool to build self-confidence, teamwork and co-operation. In addition, the CatZero yacht has now successfully been able to develop a number of exciting racing and other challenging adventures throughout the year.
What Will I Need?
You don’t need to be on a programme to sail with us, and for many of our opportunities you don’t need sailing experience. We pulled together a list of frequently asked questions, but please feel free to email [email protected] if you have a question not covered here.
What experience do I need?
For most of our sails, you don’t need any experience of sailing. The only exceptions are the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Round the Island Race, which do benefit from a small level of experience- and it helps to know what you’re getting into!
On each of our sails there are 5 or 6 members of crew who are there to guide you. This is includes either a Skipper and a First Mate, or two Co-Skippers, who are very knowledgeable about sailing and about how to get the best out of the whole team. The rest are then volunteers who often have a wide base of experience themselves.
Many different people sail with us, ranging from people who are looking to get into sailing to veteran sailors. For some, it’s an opportunity to learn a completely new skill, but even for the experienced sailors it can be a chance to sail on a larger vessel and pick up new skills.
If you are worried about what experience is required, please enquire about our taster and day sails, which can give you a feel for the longer voyages.
What is provided?
All food and drink while you are on board is provided, as well as CatZero sailing kit. The kit consists of a life jacket, and then depending on the weather and voyage destination and length can include sailing boots, a warm inner layer (blacks), and a rain-proof outer layer (reds).
What should I wear?
For day or taster sails, make sure that you wear warm and comfortable clothing. It can be especially cold out on the water, and in summer the suns rays are amplified by the water so it is beneficial to wear long sleeves etc to protect yourself from sunburn.
For longer sails, we recommend that most of your clothing is warm and comfortable and that you bring plenty of layers, though it is often useful to pack some different clothes for when you go ashore.