what to expect
What to Bring
There is space on board to stow a small bag or rucksack below decks with any extra items you wish to bring on the yacht.
Please do not wear shoes that leave a black mark when scuffed, muddy trainers, walking boots or gardening wellies as they damage the deck of the boats.
We advise against wearing open toed shoes such as flip flops or sandals as these leave toes open to injury. Regular trainers (with light or non-marking soles), deck shoes or yachting wellies are ideal.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather on the day that will keep you warm under the provided wet weather clothing. Trousers or jeans and a t-shirt and fleece or sweatshirt is ideal. Please remember that it will be a little bit cooler on the water than on land, so it is worthwhile bringing an extra layer with you. On colder days a warm hat and gloves are also useful. As the waterproofs come as a jacket and trouser set we recommend that ladies do not wear skirts.
As mentioned above please wear flat non marking footwear with closed toes, any trainers are normally suitable as are deck shoes or sailing boots.
What we provide
On arrival to site, please check in at the Blue Box Sailing Events Centre, which is located overlooking the marina by the pontoon ramp (please do not enter the marina). Look out for our signs and flags. Staff will be available to welcome you from 45 minutes before the start time of your trip. See the map for our exact location on site.
If you are running late on the day please contact the boat staff in the site office on 02380 988966 selecting option 3. If you are more than 30 minutes late (reduced to 15 minutes for a Round the Island Day) the boat may leave without you. Please allow enough time for travel as late arrivals delay the trip for everyone.
We have reserved parking on site directly outside of our Events Centre. For the 2017 season we have negotiated free parking for all our customers.
Regretably overnight parking of campervans or cars is not permitted in our parking area.
On the day
We take up to a maximum of 12 participants on board, together with two/three professional crew and as the yachts were designed to be sailed around the world with a crew of between 12 and 15 sailors there is plenty for everyone to do throughout the day. Whether you come on your own, with a friend or as part of a small group, you will find lots of other people on board in a similar position and with a relaxed and friendly environment, you will soon be working as part of a team with the day's crew.
After meeting our crew in the morning you will be shown to your yacht where you will receive a safety brief before slipping lines and motoring the short distance to the end of the River Hamble. Here we will hoist the giant sails and set sail into the open waters of the Solent. There will be plenty of opportunity throughout the day to learn some new sailing skills and put any existing ones into practice.
If you have any accompanying family and friends, please be aware that we normally depart the Marina about 45 minutes after the start time of your trip, so they may have a short wait if they wish to see you leave the dock. The yachts can be seen departing from the Events Centre.