Departure: Friday, July 26th at 16:00
Hamble Point Marina
LEARN TO SAIL
You will have the opportunity to really learn to sail on this trip. This is a slightly more technical sail as we will be taking into account the tides and currents in the more complicated waters. You will learn the curriculum of the RYA Competent Crew course on this adventure so you can be an active member on board! This trip is also great preparation if you want to pass the RYA Day Skipper qualification in the future.
ISLE OF WIGHT
The Isle of Wight has a long tradition of shipbuilding and sailing, making it the perfect first stop for our trip. Take in the scenic landscapes and Victorian charm while you enjoy lunch by the water.
To get there we will sail up the beautiful Beaulieu river. The charming cottages you will see were built by the second duke of Montagu in the 18th century when it was a harbor for trading and shipbuilding. Now you can also find a maritime museum.
These are two sharp chalk stacks which guard the Solent! There is a lighthouse there, the Needles lighthouse, which was built in 1859. It is no longer manned, but it was manned for over 130 years!
Alderney is the 3rd largest of the islands in the channel. The harbors cannot accommodate us, but we will drop anchor somewhere and head ashore. The island is just 6km long so we can pretty much explore all of the ruins, bunkers and forts there on foot!
The next stop is best place to enjoy the culture of the Channel Islands. Guernsey actually prints its own Pound Sterling which cannot necessarily be used in the UK. We will check out the local pubs and enjoy all Guernsey has to offer.
We may stop into this old fishing village along the French coastline. While we are there we must stop into a boulangerie for croissants and a baguette and possibly pick up some fish in this charming village void of tourists.
This spectacular city of history faces Britain across the channel. It was once an important military port and is still protected by a breakwater that is over 6km in length, built under Napoleon. It is now the second largest artificial harbor due to these great walls build in the 19th century.
Return: Friday, August 2nd at 12:00
Hamble Point Marina