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Catamaran Sailing Weekend
Join us for a catamaran sailing weekend.
We'll make the most of the tides and head out either along the coast to the East or along the Solent to the West. The exact destination depends on the weather and the preferences of the guests.
We'll meet on Friday evening on board the boat and the skipper will familiarise you with the layout and equipment on board. Once everyone has settled in, we'll finalise our plans for the weekend to suit wind, tides and as far as possible the guest preferences, and also decide what's needed in the way of supplies. We normally all go out for a meal in a local tavern or restaurant and then head to Aldi to help carry the food we need back to the boat. But it doesn't matter if you're running late, you can join us anytime in the evening or come down early on Saturday morning (just give the skipper a call first to check the plans).
On Saturday we'll have a safety brief and then set off for the day. The skipper will get you involved in handling the sails, helming, keeping watch, some navigation and of course the domestics. If we're not planning a really long trip, there's usually time for a lunchtime stop on a buoy or at anchor and in the summer you may be tempted by a swim. By late afternoon/early evening, we'll be approaching our overnight stop and getting the boat ready to moor up. In the winter months, that's likely to be including some night sailing. In any event, the skipper will talk you through navigation and entry in to our chosen port whether its by day or in the dark. Our overnight stop might be as far as Weymouth to the West or Brighton to the East, but Poole or Chichester are more likely limits in a two-day weekend. If the weather isn't suitable, there are also some lovely places to stop in the Solent such as Yarmouth, Lymington and Southampton. Wherever we stop, there will be walk ashore facilities and restaurants nearby.
On Sunday our departure time will depend on how far we got the day before, so we might have breakfast on the go, before we leave or maybe brunch at anchor later in the morning. We aim to arrive back in Portsmouth around 4 or 5 pm.
The cost includes 2 nights and 2 days on board, professional skipper, use of all safety equipment and boat fuel plus free parking at the marina (we're also easily accessible by train). You pay for meals ashore and obviously your travel costs to/from the boat. We also ask for a small contribution towards the cost of food for breakfast/lunch and mooring overnight (typically around £15 to £20). Accommodation on board is in one of the large double aft cabins or slightly smaller forward cabins (with lee cloths). If you prefer fresh air, you can choose to sleep in the outer saloon or for privacy there's a small crew bunk in the bow accessible through a deck hatch. We also provide the option of paying a little extra to guarantee single occupancy in one of the front cabins, or come with someone else and you'll get a cabin to yourselves and a discount too.
3 of 3 berths available
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Introduce yourself to the skipper to let them know about your sailing background.
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