Beginners Sailing Weekend in the Solent

We will be departing from Hamble Point Marina on Saturday morning for a weekend's sailing with an option to join the boat Friday night for dinner. 

All skill levels are welcome from beginner and upwards, the aim is to go sailing and meet some new people. The trip is also good for those gaining experience for an impending course such as your Day Skipper and for those who would like an introduction to sailing. Alternatively, you can just sit back and enjoy sailing and being on a boat for the weekend.

The Boat
I am chartering an 8 berth Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 from Hamble Point charters, which are comfortable and easy boats to sail. The trip is for 8 people in total, 7 crew + myself as skipper.
The boat will be moored in Hamble Point Marina not to be confused with Port Hamble which is nearby.
If you are not driving, it is best to travel by train to Southampton Central, where you can share a taxi to the Marina.

The Skipper
Stephen Jefferson: I hold a Yachtmaster Offshore, MCA examined certificate and have been cruising and racing around the Solent and the English Channel for the last few years. I’m keen to help more people try sailing and am always happy to teach or pass on tips for those wanting to know more.

Friday: Around 7PM - Meet up at the boat to drop off bags and head to a local pub for dinner and a few drinks. This is where we’ll get to know each other a little and get an idea of where we want to go and what to do.
Saturday: Breakfast and I’ll go through the necessary safety and the basics of the boat if you’ve not been on board before. We head out into the Solent and possibly beyond, do some sailing and/or skills practice and head towards our marina for the night.
Sunday: Sail back to Hamble Point to moor the boat up and ready to leave by 5PM.

£12 deposit for LSC non-members, payment to LSC via paypal required on RSVP, full members will be refunded. Please see the membership page for details:

£135/per person to be paid via my paypal account:

£25-£30 for fuel/food/marina costs to be paid on the weekend or shortly after.

I am collecting payment through paypal

Please contact me if you have any issues with payment:

[email protected] / 07500 058332

This event is organised on fair, non-profit and shared cost terms and will go ahead provided that all spaces are filled.
If the trip does not go ahead due to a lack of interest, then all paid monies will be returned in full. If the weather is not safe for us to leave the marina then the trip will be rescheduled. If you are no longer able to attend, I can refund you in full when a replacement crew is found.
Please register your interest on the waitlist if the trip is full, if anyone drops out for any reason I will offer their place to the next person on the waitlist. There may even be a skipper willing to take out another boat if there is enough interest.

Kit requirements
The yacht is a recently built, fully equipped, safety coded and heated Bavaria 38 or equivalent. As we could be sailing in a variety of weather conditions (it’s English summer time), you will need layers of warm clothes you can remove if it heats up (e.g. thermal or wicking base layer, fleecy mid-layer or similar non-cotton materials and a good waterproof outer layer), sun/woolly hat, gloves, thick socks and non-marking waterproof shoes or boots. Trousers should be quick drying and not jeans, these become uncomfortable very quickly when wet. Quality waterproofs and rubber boots hire can be arranged in advance for an additional fee. If it’s forecast to be a bright and sunny weekend you probably won’t need thick jumpers, but if it’s forecast grey and rainy, it can get colder than you expect in the wind and wet. Lifejackets are provided. 

Please do not bring hard suitcases. Rucksacks or sports bags/holdalls are ideal.

If you are at all unsure about what you should bring or anything relating to the trip, please email me and I can answer any questions.

In general I am responsible for your safety and will take all reasonable measures to ensure it, however, you should understand the risks and how you can mitigate these as outlined below.

It is my duty as skipper/organiser to recommend that you take out insurance for personal injury and extreme sports/sailing and I recommend for cancellation in case 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 sports/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 (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 extent 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.

This is an occasional non-profit trip and is therefore not covered under the package holidays act.

That said, the idea is to have fun and with that in mind, sign up and come and join us on the water.