Sail travel

Why should boarding a sailing boat and making a short crossing using the natural forces of wind and tide be unusual? We believe it should be completely normal. That it is considered unusual, unique and even innovative says a lot about our present situation. 
So our mission is simply to help make naturally obvious solutions the new normality. In this way, SailLink is just one more step towards the world we need and the one we should be handing on.

With your help SailLink can be a fun and highly visible demonstration of what we can become as a society.

In the 21st century

Out on the seas we turned away from a long history of sail in favour of fossil fuels in our craving to save time, money & effort.
This transition brought many benefits but we now also witness it's lasting disadvantages.

We are now in a position to take all the navigational, safety and technological advances and to re-apply them to the age-old skills and freely available natural forces. Using modern and fast boats, SailLink designs its routes to suit the prevailing conditions and the port destinations. Together with advances in alterative propulsion, this creates a reliable and low impact travel option with a genuine experience and makes sailing the most suitable and viable option both now and in the future. 

The fact that this is quite a unique venture means that sailing passenger vessels for this type & area of operation simply do not exist. So to prove the concept we will start out with the most feasible existing vessel we can find and adapt it to our needs. 
Once we have optimised the concept we will then design high-performance, purpose-built vessels for this and other routes.

SailLink services 5 -10 years from now? The cross-overs are already happening. Image: the G4. Courtesy: DNA Performance Sailing B.V.

Nature regeneration

It is now clear to everyone that all our activities, both professional and private, must stop damaging the biodiversity and ecosystems which are our life-support. Business-as-usual must be a standard of practice for which externalities exist as benefits rather than burdens. This is SailLink's primary ambition and its main method of accounting.

As an example, as part of our daily activities we will be working with research organisations to supply ocean data, samples and observational records from our crossings and the passengers can be involved in collecting it. 

Tourism Declares: Declaration

We declare our shared commitment to unite all stakeholders in transforming tourism to deliver effective climate action.

We support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.

We will consistently align our actions with the latest scientific recommendations, so as to ensure our approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

As a signatory, we commit to:

  1. Deliver a climate action plan within 12 month of signing.

  2. Report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually.

  3. Align our plan with five shared pathways (measure, decarbonise, regenerate, collaborate, finance) to ensure climate action is consistent across all of tourism.

  4. Share information on activities connected to Tourism Declares and/or the Glasgow Declaration among contacts and networks.

  5. Work in a collaborative and constructive spirit with other members of Tourism Declares and/or signatories of the Glasgow Declaration.