RBYC Cruising Events, including Skills Development, Passage Making & Social trips

This year's cruising events will be listed as Activities on our website for member registration from early in the year.  

Trips are planned from March to November and consist of a varied mix including weekend skills "brush-ups", longer mile building trips and some charters further afield in the UK or elsewhere.

If you would like a particular trip added to the schedule please let me know and we can see if there is enough interest for it to be organised.

The cost of each trip is a straight forward calculation based on the total expense and number of crew. The price ranges from less than £140 to £350 for a standard weekend in the Solent area depending on the season and the type of vessel. Victualling and mooring fees are extra, of course.

Most weekend trips are run over a weekend from Friday evening from about 7 p.m. to Sunday at 5 p.m.  We sometimes plan longer trips over bank holiday weekends or other extended weekends.

The boats are not overcrowded. Typically an 11 metre 8-berth yacht is usually manned by a Club Skipper plus a maximum of four crew.  This should allow one person sleeping per cabin plus two sleeping in the saloon berths.

Our Club Skippers, who are all RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Skipper qualified, skipper the bareboat charters and are responsible for, amongst other things, the safety of the vessel and crew throughout the weekend.

The crew is actively encouraged to take part in all aspects of running a boat including navigation, helming and close quarters handling. Tell the Skipper what you would like to practice and if there's an opportunity you'll get your chance.

Cruising at the RBYC is organised by myself and you can contact me with ideas, event feedback or suggestions.

Here are some links to the Cruising Programme and other useful information.

More details about booking on cruising trips are here  Notes on booking cruising trips 2023

See you on the water or at a club event.

John Hennebry, RBYC Cruising Secretary

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