Open Sailing Experience Weekend

Full weekend sailing experience from Haslar Marina in Gosport. 

I'm organising a sailing weekend on a 2010 Bavaria 38 cruising yacht for the weekend of 11th - 13th April.  No experience necessary, should be a great opportunity to get out on the water inexpensively and enjoy sailing with other great people from the London Sailing Club (the largest sailing meet-up group in the world!).

Depending on crew and weather we could make a dash for Cherbourg (don't forget passport!) or something a bit less full-on in and around the beatiful Hampshire coastline of the Solent.

The weekend starts by making your way down to Portsmouth/Gosport (trains every half hour from Waterloo - I'll probably be on the 18:00) journey time 1 and 1/2  hours.  The aim is to be back at the marina in Gosport by 4pm or so on the Sunday (so as to arrive back in London at a reasonable time).

The itinerary will be worked out nearer the time depending on crew, weather conditions and any other factors.

Costs Costs - £80 for the boat plus a share of food and fuel (approx £20).

To confirm I'll need payment in full. If for any reason the trip doesn't go ahead you will be refunded anything you have paid. If you cancel without notice you will lose a deposit but if your place goes to someone on the waiting list you will be refunded in full.

Looking forward to sailing with you.


Checklist of things to bring:

• Suitcase: Space is limited on the boat so bring soft bags only 

• Clothing: warm and waterproof, hat sailing gloves and sunglasses, sun cream

• Bedding: You will need a pillow case and sleeping bag (or duvet and sheets if you prefer); there are pillows on board (you can of course bring your own as well) 

• Towel 

• Shoes: soft non-marking shoes only please (or sailing boots). 

• Food and drink: I will do a big shop before the trip including cereals, eggs and bacon, pasta, chocolate, bread, butter, tea, coffee, water, beer etc. Let me know if there is you can’t eat/live without 

• Health: let me know if you have any health issues! Think of bringing sea-sickness pills if you are affected.



Terms and Conditions

For events arranged via "Meetup" the information below must be read, understood and accepted for all participants:

Key details The boat, which is berthed at Haslar Marina in Gosport, is a Bavaria 38 (38ft) sailing boat built in 2010. It has three double cabins with two additional single berths in the main cabin. You should bring a good sleeping bag and pillow case and make sure that you have soft luggage which can be easily stowed on board. The boat is coded for charter each year by the MCA to ensure safety. The skipper has an RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification with commercial endorsement. You must make the skipper aware of any health or other issues which he may need to know in order to ensure the safety of all on board. The boat has much safety equipment on board including 10 automatic life-jackets, radio equipment (with GPS positioning), a GPS on-deck chart-plotter and a self-inflating life-raft etc.

Important notice and disclaimer

By responding to this Meetup ® you acknowledge and agree that:

o the principal purpose of the event is to provide a forum for members of the London Sailing Club Meetup ® group to engage in social activities including sailing;

o The itinerary will be agreed between the participants of the Meetup ® event based on wind, weather and other constraints and subject to the agreement of the skipper;

o You have satisfied yourself that you have adequate insurance to cover any activity envisaged in this Meetup ®, including possible repatriation expenses in the event of injury, accident or bad weather, or do so at your own risk;

o You recognise that sailing can be a dangerous activity and you engage in it at your own risk;

o You recognise that the boat’s skipper’s main concern is the safety of the crew and agree to behave responsibly and in accordance with any instructions of the skipper;

o The Meetup ® event host is an occasional event-host and not a professional organiser (as such term is defined under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992); accordingly this event shall not be construed as a “package tour”;

o The event details described in this notice (including any notes) in conjunction with a written acceptance of payment from the event host (usually be email) shall constitute a written agreement between you and the event host;

o In addition to the refunds policy of the specific event, any amounts paid by you to the event host in respect of this Meetup ® event (net of any bank charges, foreign exchange costs or paypal deductions) shall be returned to you in full if for any reason the Meetup ® event is cancelled (even for reasons outside the control of the event host); further, the event host has made arrangements to hold in trust any such funds received until the end of the Meetup ® event in order to safeguard such funds against the insolvency of the event host. Details of the trustee are available on request. In no event shall the trustee be liable for any amount in excess of any amounts paid by you to the event host;

o In the absence of fraud or wilful misconduct the event host shall in no circumstances be held liable for any amount exceeding the amount of any moneys already paid by the participant.