Birthplace of The Americas Cup, and of that oft repeated racing sailor's quip, the Solent is the center of English sailing. Cowes Race Week brings together hundreds of boats and thousands of sailors in heated competition amid a panoply of entertainment, celebrations, and special events. But Cowes is just one port in a cruising area with fantastic sailing conditions that is rich with history, nature, and local charm. We'll combine a touch of the race week excitement with some great sailing of our own and visits to a variety of ports.
We've chartered a Beneteau 43 and an Elan 434 from Fairview Sailing in Southampton.
Saturday, August 13: We're off to the races, following the route of RMS Titanic and thousands of other cruise liners coming out of Southampton. We'll get our sea legs as part of the spectator fleet, enjoying the same sailing conditions as the competitors. At the end of the day we'll glide into Cowes as if we took line honors, grabbing a mooring for the night.
Sunday, August 14: We'll spend the morning exploring Cowes, including lunch ashore if desired. Once we drop the moorings it is an eight nautical mile sail west to Yarmouth Harbor where we'll take an outside mooring (or go inside if the weather requires it). Ashore there are the usual marina amenities. Ambitious walkers can visit the western end of the island with a view of The Needles and a stop at a pub or two along the way.
Monday, August 15: We can put off that walk until this morning because there's no rush to depart: our sail to Lymington is less than five nautical miles across the Solent. Once we get there slips will be waiting for us.
Tuesday, August 16: Lay day at Lymington. Tour the historic sights, find a cafe or pub for lunch, or catch the ferry to Hurst Castle. A visit to Salisbury or Stonehenge might even be possible.
Wednesday, August 17: Rested and raring to go, we'll be up early and back out on the Solent for a twenty-five nautical mile sail into Portsmouth Harbour. Arriving by mid-afternoon we'll request moorings from the Portchester Sailing Club. From there we can visit Portchester Castle, a very complete Roman fort and a must-visit stop on our trip.
Thursday, August 18: For our last day on the water we'll sail back out of Portsmouth and into the Solent. We'll get in as much sailing as we can before heading up Southampton water to Hamble.
Friday, August 19: We'll be off the boats by 11:00 a.m. and on our way to our next adventure - perhaps the Chunnel to Paris or a London sojourn?
The cost of this trip is $900.00 per person (Skippers $487.00). This price covers charter fees, insurance, trip memento, and two nights' slip fees. Food, fuel, moorings and other incidental expenses are additional, and will be handled by each boat's crew. A $150.00 non-refundable deposit and Release of Liability and Zero Tolerance Form must accompany your reservation form.
Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed Reservation Form and Release Form to Mia McCroskey at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 3, 2016 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. The second payment of $350.00 is due on May 1, 2016 and the balance of $400.00 is due on July 10, 2016. With the exception of the non-refundable deposit, the Club's standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event.
A pre-trip meeting will be held about four weeks before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.
Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.
Assistant Trip Leader
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Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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