A fantastic opportunity to sail to the picturesque town of Weymouth over a weekend. You will get the chance to build miles (120+ nautical miles), experience a 60 mile passage and practise your night sailing skills.
The proposed itinerary is as follows:
Depart Southampton on Friday evening for Weymouth, either sail around the back of the Isle of Wight or through the Needles Channel depending on wind and tide.
Arrive Weymouth Saturday afternoon and depart later that evening or Sunday morning depending on the weather and tides. If there is time and the conditions are favourable you may go further west to Lulworth Cove. Arrive back in Southampton late afternoon Sunday 5/5.30pm.
The trip is obviously dependent on the weather and the final decision will be made by the instructor, it is very rare that the forecast would prevent this trip. We will offer an alternative program should this happen with every effort to sail a decent length passage elsewhere.
If the conditions don’t allow us to leave the Solent we would look to ensure you get plenty of sailing in the testing conditions that prevent the passage but in safer more sheltered local waters. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or transfer to a later date if the itinerary changes due to the weather conditions.
Whilst the weather sailing of the south coast is actually fairly mild it is important to have the correct clothing. We provide modern, branded waterproof trousers and jackets free of charge.
Space on a boat is always at a premium, so you should pack your clothes in a soft holdall that can be stowed away in a locker. Bags with wheels or metal buckles should be avoided, as these may damage the woodwork on boats. You will need:
We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses.
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