These weekends are intended for keen cruising or inshore racing sailors seeking to gain the skills and experience to become a proficient crew member in offshore yacht races.
The training crew meets on board on Friday evening before heading ashore to eat and get to know each other. After a night onboard, we have an early start which gives us time to run through a full safety briefing, get the boat organised and discuss the itinerary for the session before heading out to the Solent. During our full day on the water we will run through each crew position and it’s role and cover in detail the deck layout and equipment before we start work on tacks and gybes, spinnaker hoists, drops and (of course!) boat speed.
We will stay in a Solent marina overnight on Saturday, eating ashore, giving us time to discuss the days sailing on Saturday and deciding our focus areas for Sunday.
Throughout the weekend the crew will move around the boat, giving everyone the opportunity to experience helming upwind and downwind, main, headsail and spinnaker trim, mast and foredeck. Knowing what is entailed in each position makes teamwork so much better, regardless of the position each crew will specialise in during the race season.
We will return to Haslar on Sunday leaving the boat in good time to miss most of the traffic on Sunday evening!
First Offshore Racing Training Weekends are:
weekends on the Solent where you experience the excitement of a fully prepared race yacht
two days where you get individual tuition on a particular area you want to improve
a great weekend out on the water where you can challenge yourself and get faster and more confident
What does the weekend look like?
0900 Saturday Arrive in Haslar Marina
Safety Brief before a detailed tour of the deckgear, deck layout and sail configurations
Head out into the Solent or the English Channel depending on weather conditions
Intensive race training with lunch at sea
Back to a Solent Marina Saturday evening
Day on the water on Sunday refining the skills learnt on Saturday
Lunch on the water
Arrive back in Haslar Marina
1630 De-rig boat and depart
INCLUDED in the crew contribution
Race Crew Position Experience
All race and coaching fees
All mooring fees
All food on board
Race instruction and support
Travel to and from the boat
Personal Insurance (highly recommended)