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2023 Offshore Cruising Programme

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1. Early May Weekend (28/4/23 to 1/5/23)

Based in the West Country. Co-ordinated by Tony Campion. So far, 17 have indicated an interest, including 4 who are tagged as 'Skipper', so potentially 4 boats.

The rally could take a number of routings depending on the location of suitable yacht charter: possibilities include:

  • West Country (from Dartmouth to Falmouth)
  • Scilly Isles
  • Channel Islands (Alderney & Guernsey)
  • A cross-channel location

Please contact Tony as soon as possible to a) confirm your intent, and b) confirm if you want to skipper a boat.

Additionally, Les Collier will be taking 'Bon Accord' from the Hamble and so will be boarding her on Thursday 20th April to take her down to Plymouth (TBC) - places will be available for the delivery and return. Les will then sail with the rally, then on the Monday evening return to the Hamble.

2. Training and Boat Handling

Based on the South Coast generally, but probably more specifically, the Solent, thus is being organised by Alan Skitt. So far, 13 have indicated an interest, including :

  • Boat handling
  • Skipper practical
  • Day Skipper assessmet prepartion
  • Mile building

No specific dates have been set, so this is largely open for arrangement directly with Alan. Rates will vary according to the season. The rates quoted below are for a 37 foot Beneteau, for a weekend from Friday evening to Sunday 1600.

  • Low season - November-March inc. - Rate is c. £800
  • Medium season - End March-April and October - Rate is c. £1100
  • High season - May-September - Rate is c. £1200
Please contact Alan ASAP to a) confirm your intent, and b) discuss details of what training you'd like, where and when.

3. Mediterranean Flotilla Holiday

After the successful flotilla holiday to Croatia in September 2022 with 3 boats and 15 sailors, if you would like to participate in flotilla holiday in the Mediterranean in 2023, possibly in the August/September period, then please get in touch with Wendy Wilson who will be organising the event.

4. Round The Island Race - June 2023

After our successful 'Round the Island Race' (RTIR) entry in June 2022 organised by Nina Wilson and Tony Campion, we plan to hold a similar entry in 2023. If you would like to join the crew, please get in touch with Nina Wilson who will be organising the event. Please see full details under the Offshore Racing Section.

5. Cruising-2-Racing

A practical course for establisted cruising sailors to discover and participate in 'yacht racing'

If you have been cruising for several years and you are now looking for a little bit of "je ne sais quoi" in your sailing, then yacht racing might be an avenue you might like to explore ... Whilst the jump up from cruising into racing might seem a challenging one, we are planning to provide a course of 3 practical 'on-board' sessions, together with a mix of theory and skills building to help you make the transition. Please get in touch with Geoff Johns who will be organising the event. Full details will be under the Offshore Section - Cruising-2-Racing.

For details about our policy on risk and insurance, please consult Offshore Section - Risk and Insurance.

Last updated 15:28 on 12 November 2023

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