Have you ever thought you’d like to try offshore sailing but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place!
To give you a real, hands-on feel of what sailing is all about – and maybe set you off on a whole new adventure – Oxted Offshore Sailing Club will be hosting a small number of Sailing Experience Days in the Solent during the autumn of this year and Spring 2018.
The 2015 trip to the British Virgin Islands was a great success and many of the 21 members who went on the trip have asked about visiting the Caribbean again.
After some discussion we have now finalised a ten day flotilla to the Grenadines starting in Saint Vincent on January 12th 2019 and ending in Grenada on January 22nd.
Grenadines Courtesy of Google Earth
17 members of Oxted Offshore spread across four Yachts are currently signed up to the adventure with space for more should other members be interested; after all the Grenadines and the Tobago Cays are one of the most beautiful sailing area’s in the Caribbean and so will certainly be worth experiencing. Take a look at the following video to get a taste of what it has to offer.
For more information about Yacht Charters in Grenada please visit the following page by Nautilus Yachting who are organising the charter: https://www.nautilusyachting.com/grenadines-yacht-charter.html
First out the blocks for this season’s sailing calendar is the traditional Spring Rally and Rose Bowl Challenge which I’m proposing should be to Poole again. This gives a decent passage for the race on Saturday and plenty of options for a good night out in Poole.
Having trawled through the Tidal Atlas, it seems the optimum dates to get us through the pinch point at Hurst Narrows is the weekend of SATURDAY 12 and SUNDAY 13 MAY. We will have tide with us heading west on Saturday, and Sunday will be a leisurely departure from Poole with time for some fun and games in Christchurch Bay before tides are favourable to take us back up Hurst Narrows from about 1530.
We will charter at least one boat from Hamble Point and Jasper has already mentioned another yacht that he will enter.
And a new twist to the event is incorporating power boats in parallel with sailing! Impossible to handicap for obvious reasons, so powerboat entrants won’t qualify for the trophy, but as we have members with various sized “steamers” it seems like a fun idea to assemble at the start gate for a combined effort and giggle at the difference in elapsed time! I can think of at least three candidates in this category..! Would also make a hell of a party for dinner on Saturday evening!
If you would like to take part please let me know so that we can start looking at charters and crew allocations.