Coming 2022: Pilot phase with passengers
We studied the routes, port access & berthing and met with Border Force , Harbour Managers & local interest groups. The result is that a sailing passenger service working in accordance with the prevailing conditions is very feasible. SailLink is go!
Thanks to our commercial sailing advisor and reality checker Jim Duerden of Top Cat Cruising School for supplying his boat and enthusiastic support!
International travel and public transport as you've never known it.
SailLink offers a true sailing and ocean experience in a 3-to-4-hour crossing between the UK and France. You arrive at the coastal town by public transport or bike and we connect you with another similar location in a convenient and unique way, turning your journey into a highly valued part of your time away.
As cross-border travel customs procedures will be followed, but without the queues.
Engage in a real experience and a truly future-friendly means of travel. If you have never sailed before then travelling with SailLink will offer you a short and non-exclusive introduction whilst getting you from A to B. You can choose to be actively involved or to relax and take it all in.
We are currently testing the feasibility of several routes between three to four ports on each coast. This will allow us the flexibility to continue sailing under various conditions. Our routes are designed to enable a 3 - 5 hour crossing.
Our crew and vessels will be fully certified and fit for purpose. The vessels will use the power of the wind as well as renewably charged, auxiliary electric propulsion for low impact travel and to maintain the schedule.
Step-aboard in a marina or harbour, just down the road from the train station, and set sail for your connecting destination or your weekend location. Take part in the sailing or sit back and relax. Feel the effect of the invisible force on the sails, keep an eye out for ships and watch the other coast grow closer.
SailLink has conducted substantial feasibility, communication and testing. We've
tried out the ports, the routes and we've clarified the regulations and
procedures to make it a unique and fully compliant service. We've now started to
build the team and join with partners to work towards a pilot phase and first
season of operation. As soon as the Covid-19 eases sufficiently and it's responsible to do so, we will be offering places to the first pioneering passengers!
SailLink was founded in order to provide a sustainable means of transport where there is currently none. It is therefore a defining factor of what we do and how we do it. We recognise sustainability to concern all human activities and that to restore the natural balances these must now focus on cleaning and regenerating the environment we depend on.
SailLink is cross-channel & cross-boarder travel. In the same sense it is cross-cultures, cross-genders and cross-differences. As a form of public transport it is as inclusive as we are allowed to be. This extends from within our team and amongst our partners to our passengers and potential passengers.
SailLink is a responsible service offering legal and safe travel. As such we can offer passage only to those with legal and valid travel documents and not to the desperate people risking everything to get to the UK to claim asylum. We can however help to raise calls for their immediate needs to be met and for an asylum system which lives up to our values.
© SailLink Ltd 2021