Bank Holiday - Thames Triangle

ONE SPACE LEFT (at 9/8/13)

Come and join me and some of the guys from the LSC who've sailed the East Coast this season.

We're planning to do the Thames Triangle, where we'll aim to rack up the miles, challenge your navigation skills and for those yet to experience it, learn how to get the best out of a spinnaker.

Join the boat on Friday at Burnham - on - Crouch Marina and return on Monday afternoon.

If traveling by train, take the line out of Liverpool Street. There are 2 x direct trains to Burnham at the end of the working day, otherwise take the Southend Victoria train and change at Wickford for the Southminster branch line. The marina is just a short walk away from the station.

Alternatively, share a car with the other crew members, there's plenty of parking at the marina.

On Friday night we'll take a meal in the Swallowtail bar right on the marina and make our final plans for the weekends passage. I'll book a table though as its regatta week in Burnham so it'll be busy.

Then on Saturday, depending on the conditions, we'll set sail across the estuary, navigating the sandbanks and through the windfarms as we make our way to Ramsgate. There are numerous watering holes in Ramsgate and one of my favourites is the Mariners bar complete with quirky features like an aircraft propeller caught by the owner in his fishing net some 12 miles off Ramsgate, and the bow and stern of a full sized boat suspended either side of a wood burning fire place. Better still, if you're into live music they have some wicked bands playing. Otherwise there's the spectacular view from the quiet of the Royal Temple Yacht Club.

On Sunday we'll either hug the Kent coast and sail up to the Medway between the ghostly gun emplacements standing on stilts in the middle of the Thames, or head North cramming the miles in as we cross to spend an evening on the Orwell making the triangle into a 3 counties cruise!.

The boat we'll be using is a 38 footer, not unlike a Sigma 38, very stable and a powerful sailing vessel which is commercially coded. On this trip she'll accommodate 5 crew members plus myself. As an experienced yachtmaster skipper I'll be on board to assist everyone to ensure you get the most out of this trip. I'm quite happy for others to take the lead on navigation, helming, trimming e.t.c. and if you want to develop your skills further I can assist you with that.

This weekend is not really suitable for complete novices, it's set up to give those with some sailing experience the opportunity to extend themselves, and to develop their confidence and techniques further.

The cost of the weekend will be £195 per crew member (as long as we fill the boat), which will include provision of breakfasts and lunch on board as I'll do the provisioning. We'll share the costs of marina / mooring / diesel fees. All evening meals will be taken ashore.

Crew members should bring their own, sleeping bags, waterproof clothing e.t.c. The boat will provide lifejackets and other essential safety equipment.

Here's to a great weekend!