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Across Europe, this summer saw chaotic airports and jam-packed trains. Offering a more tranquil mode of transport, SailLink aims to create a regular ferry route between the UK and France. Not by diesel-chugging ships but by wind-powered sailboats and catamarans. As the startup puts it, "Sailing the short distance between the UK and mainland Europe should be a normality and a non-exclusive form of public transport."
SailLink's first route is between Dover and Boulogne-sur-Mer, with crossings taking between three-and-a-half and five hours, depending on the tides. A September 2022 pilot phase will validate procedures, crossing times and passenger needs. During the pilot, return tickets are priced at EUR 180 for adults and EUR 130 for children, with an additional EUR 30 for bicycles.
Companies interested in seeing the concept become a regular service can support SailLink by buying logo space on the pilot phase vessel.
The impact of travel on the climate and our environment is undeniable, but so is our collective desire for a regular change of scenery. A 2022 report by Booking.com found that 71% of travelers want to make more effort in the next year to travel more sustainably (up 10% from 2021). Which spells opportunity for businesses like SailLink that offer a conscious mode of venturing and adventuring.
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