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Sailing weekend
Join us for a sailing weekend on our Open 40 catamaran. WHERE TO We'll make the most of the wind and tides and head out either along the coast to the East, along the Solent to the West or perhaps around the back of the Isle of Wight. The exact destination depends on the conditions and the preferences of the guest crew. MEETING Meet at the boat in Haslar Marin on Friday evening anytime after about 7pm. We usually head off to the local pub for a meal around 8, but don't worry if you can't get down by then, you can join us anytime in the evening and drop your bags on the boat before meeting us in the pub. See details above for where to go and if you need help, just call the skipper's mobile. THE SAILING We set off on Saturday morning after a short safety brief. You're all part of the crew and encouraged to get involved with helming, hoisting sails, keeping watch and domestic duties, but equally you can relax and take it easy if you prefer. On route, the skipper will point out navigational hazards and features. We aim to get to our evening destination by late afternoon/early evening and you'll help get the boat ready to moor up. There's usually time for a few drinks in the cockpit before we head off for a bite to eat ashore. On Sunday we sail back to Portsmouth, aiming to arrive back around 4pm. WHAT'S INCLUDED The cost includes 2 nights and 2 days on board, professional skipper, use of all safety equipment and fuel costs. We share the cost of food for breakfast and lunches and the mooring costs between the crew (typically around £20 each). Accommodation is in shared double cabins. The forward cabins have lee cloths to provide privacy, or you can choose to sleep in the outer saloon or a small crew cabin. There are actually 14 berths on board, but numbers are limited too 10, so you can always find somewhere suitable to sleep. If two of you come together, we'll make sure you get a private cabin between you. WHAT TO BRING A full suggested kit list is on our website, but as a minimum you should bring: - a sleeping bag - a pillow case (we provide pillows) - clothes for the sunshine, but also some extra layers (as it can get cold at sea) WHO'S GOING Bear in mind that this trip is also available on our website and there may therefore be more people attending that shown here. When the event is full, we'll show it as closed. The mix of people that attend is varied - some have never sailed before and want to see what its all about, others are more experienced and want to build their mileage and knowledge of catamarans or the places we are visiting. In any event, its always a sociable, rewarding and challenging ';mini holiday' that makes the most of the weekend.

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    What we're about

    A group for people who like the idea of spending the weekend (or longer) on the water, sailing. We have access to great yachts that are perfect for a gentle cruise along the coast or perhaps a cross-Channel trip to France or the Channel Islands. It's perfect for people who want to go sailing but can't get enough people together to charter a whole boat. Novices are equally welcome to see what it's like on a yacht.

    All the trips are led by a professional sailing instructor who will get everyone involved hoisting sails, taking the helm and just keeping watch. All levels are welcome from novice to experienced, there really is something for everyone. So here are some basics:

    WHAT? We organise weekend sailing events on large yachts and catamarans for up to 10 'crew' with a professional skipper. We usually start events on a Friday evening after work (or Saturday monrning) and join the professional skipper for a meal and a drink in the local sailor's pub the Castle Tavern or The Lightship. Then on Saturday we set off for a sail to our chosen destination making best use of the tides and the winds. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in handling the boat and the skippers are also sailing instructors, so they're happy to demonstrate any aspect of the boat that's of interest. By the end of a long day on the water, we'll all have made some new friends. We spend the night in a marina perhaps in the Isle of Wight or further afield and again we'd go ashore for a meal in a local restaurant/pub. After a deserved lie on Sunday, we head back to our base making the most of the day. We aim to be back around 5pm, so there's time to tidy up before departing.

    WHEN? There's something going on every month from March through to November.

    WHERE? The yachts are based in Haslar Marina in Portsmouth Harbour. There's free parking if coming by car or it's an easy train journey from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour station and then a short ferry ride across to Gosport. Our sailing destinations include:
    - Local trips in and around the Solent which are perfect for spending more time 'learning the ropes'
    - Coastal mile-builders to Poole, Weymouth or Brighton, a bit further afield for those wanting to leave the Solent and get 'out to Sea'
    - Cross Channel hops for the more adventurous to Cherbourg or Alderney.
    On longer trips (Easter perhaps) there's time to go further afield to Guernsey and Sark perhaps.

    WHO? No experience is required and the trips are suitable for complete beginners as long as you are keen. If you've done some sailing before, you'll find it's a great way to go sailing without having to get enough people to share the cost of chartering a yacht and you can still get involved in the navigation and passage planning without the worry about being responsible. Come with a group or come alone, you are certain to make new friends on the boat. And the skipper is there to keep the weekend organised and sociable.

    WHY? The group is for those who love sailing or who love the sea or who just want to get fresh air in their lungs and make the absolute most of their weekend.

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