Cancelled: My Last Social Sail of the Season

25/10/13 Update

The morning forecast is in and it looks like the prediction for Sunday has not changed/improved. In fact the high-res picture for the Solent is actually a little worse and so sadly we'll have to put this one on hold. If you are an experienced sailor looking for some more challenging sailing let me know and we can keep in touch for lively opportunities.

I have a long standing rule not to sail after halloween or before easter. This is the last weekend I can make this season before those two dates....and I'm running a bit late...

Weather note

The weather this weekend is F5-F6 occasionally gusting F7 with light showers on Saturday & Sunday. To the uninitiated this means quite windy and so if you get sea sick or are new to sailing, this may not be the best weekend to start. I'll be making a call on the weather Friday at 9am.



- Friday meet at Waterloo 1pm/5.45pm or Hamble 4.00pm/9pm-11pm 


- Sail to Newtown/Beaulieu river then to Cowes


- Back at Hamble by 3pm for 4pm departure


Most likely you have a regular job so your meeting point is 5.30-6.00pm by the WH Smiths next to the ticket office (at the north eastern most part) of Waterloo station. From where you will take a train to Southampton Airport Parkway and an adjoining taxi to the correct marina. In this case most likely Hamble Point Marina.

If you arrive early you can get a 4 for 2 rail pass and save yourself £20 :-)

3 Cabin 8 Berth 37-38ft, no spinnaker but has heating. This is an all ability taking part fun weekend rather than a shouty experience..


Total is ±£650 for the charter, ie. £110/per person based on 6 of us for the boat + £20-£30 for fuel/food/marina and a non-boat meal. Happy to take up to 7 people. We probably already have 5 ppl. 


Payment confirms your place no matter how quickly you join the meetup event.

Payment is £105 to Hamble Point Yacht Charters (0238 045 7110) by card for the charter + shared cost (±£25) to Duncan in cash.

The balance is due Friday morning following the weather update.


Please tell me if you're a veggie and make sure to clarify if you're fully veggie or a pescetarian. It does/will make a difference to my tesco order :-)

What to bring: 

- Sleeping bag, ideally warm (The boat has heating). The real winners bring duvets!

- It's October so full sailing gear. £5-£10 to rent jacket/bottoms/boots. You should bring: gloves, hat, warm fleece. If you don't own such affairs you can buy them in cowes on Saturday afternoon, but you'll be cold by then...
- Cap, Sunglasses, Suncream..won't be needed ;-) 
- Trousers that aren't jeans, sports tracksuit bottoms or shorts are ideal 
- Soft bag, no hard cases. Think backpacks and soft bags

What will I need to do and where do I sleep?

You'll be expected to join in with all of the sailing, rope pulling, tea making, helming, navigating. If you don't know how to sail, don't worry, just bring that positive 'can do' attitude they keep talking to you about at work about...

We'll be sleeping on the boat/yacht in shared cabins. There may be a mixed cabin depending on ratios of girls to guys so let me know if this is a problem and I'll be sure to put you with same gender..

Who's the skipper?

Duncan Malcolm: I've been sailing since around 1999 and have a Yachtmaster Coastal (examined), friendly, social and please please bring something chocolate :-)

Small print - In plain english ! :-)

Small print to follow, annoying but I have to include it to make you aware of a few things before the trip. Usually I don't go into this much detail but I think it makes sense to be fully clear on everything.


It's my duty as skipper/organiser to recommend that you take out insurance for personal injury and extreme sports/sailing and I recommend for cancellation encase you're unable to make it for reasons beyond your control.

I am not an expert on insurance and so cannot advise on which insurance that you should have for sailing trips, but it is my understanding that most holiday insurance policies will cover sailing and that you should be able to check your policy or find suitable policies by searching online. Please research sailing insurance or sailing holiday insurance online.

As a note on the yacht's insurance, all yachts are insured by the charter company. Skipper takes responsibility for damage to the yacht with the exception of items dropped overboard (winch handles, bouys, radios etc), damage due to carelessness/inhibition (e.g. red wine on cushions) or damage due to not following the skippers instructions (e.g. You don't pull that rope when asked, or without asking you randomly pull something and something rips/breaks) is your own responsibility.


By coming on this trip you accept responsibility for your own actions and accept that sailing can be a dangerous sport which can lead to minor and major injuries and occasionally death. You agree that you and/or family members and friends will not hold the skipper or a fellow crew member liable for any liability as a result of their actions as to the extend that the law allows.

The acting skipper should be listened to at all times and you should follow their instructions. Finally this is a shared cost trip and there is no 3rd party organisation involved.

Last but not least, you should have fun!! :-)