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Looking to live the bluewater dream?

Bluewater Weekend 
16-17 June 2018 
Lymington, UK

Now in it's fifth year, the WCC team have joined together once again with leading offshore yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation about bluewater cruising at Berthon’s Lymington UK base in June 2018. This popular weekend is designed to encourage visitors think about all aspects of living their bluewater dream, providing the opportunity to view a wide range of offshore cruising boats and meet experts in refits, sails, communications and boat equipment, all whist mixing and chatting with experienced offshore cruisers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 

What to expect from the weekend:

  • Step aboard a range of different styles of offshore cruising boats
  • Learn what to look for when choosing your bluewater boat
  • Start your sail of a lifetime with guidance and advice from experienced cruising sailors
  • Meet and mingle with cruisers and industry experts in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
  • Find out what you need for an ARC or World ARC voyage
  • Discover what it is really like to live the bluewater sailing dream

The two day event is free to attend, but prospective bluewater sailors will need to pre-register. For those wanting to make the most of a delightful weekend in Lymington, there is an optional Sailing Supper on the Saturday evening at Lymington Town Sailing Club a short walk from the marina, charged separately. Click here to join us or contact World Cruising Club on, +44 (0) 1983 206060.

Be Inspired

"We are hoping to do the ARC, or perhaps circumnavigate, in a few years and overall we enjoyed an excellent and very informative weekend attending in 2017." said Brian & Margaret Kneafsey who visited from Dublin. "It certainly whetted the appetite to go bluewater cruising in the future when the time is right for us, and in the meantime enabled realistic and serious planning, which of course starts with finding the right boat! We enjoyed the opportunity to meet all sorts of other people and chat to them, from those who had done the ARC and/or circumnavigated, to those like us who were thinking of doing either and buying a boat. We realise that it will be long-term project which will take a number of years to realise so early planning with the correct information is key, which the weekend definitely supplied." 

Programme Overview

During the weekend, a selection of fine examples of bluewater boats will be open for viewing, hosted by experienced offshore skippers, many of whom have sailed the ARC or around the world. Mix, mingle and chat about bluewater sailing is the aim of the weekend.

Balancing out the dockside chat will be a series of seminar presentations and discussions about how to embark on your bluewater dream. For those in the market, Berthon’s brokerage team will share the story of a boat purchase and refit, drawing on their years of experience guiding purchasers through the process. Using practical examples, the session will cover the journey of a boat from a broker’s cradle ashore to far afield cruising grounds, covering common questions on surveys, VAT, refitting priorities and budgets.

Planned into this year’s programme is a special ‘Coffee with the Experts’ session, providing a focused opportunity for assembled representatives from leading marine companies to answer questions on boat refits, communications equipment, sail training; charts and pilot books; boat management; marine insurance; buying a boat and selecting sails. This session will provide the opportunity for one-to-one questions and small group discussions, ideal for those fitting out their boats for offshore adventures. ARC sailors will also be on hand to share their own experiences of equipment set up and practical advice.

Inspirational presentations will provide plenty to whet the appetite of those in the planning phase. “Living the Dream” is one family’s story of their life changing decision to quit work and sail away. Sharing cruising tales from around the world, the presenters will talk about their experiences exploring oceans and anchorages from sail set up and on board power generation to visa formalities and keeping in touch with those at home. Sunday’s seminar session ‘Cruising as a Couple’ will focus on tips for enjoying a life afloat together, including transitioning to long-term life afloat and maintaining harmony on board. 

For those setting sail with the ARC in 2018 or beyond, a briefing session is also included on the seminar line up. The session will cover rally specific information including the route, ports, programme, and safety equipment requirements, led by World Cruising Club with previous ARC sailors on hand to share their own experiences. Members of the ARC Safety Team will also do a walk through on boat a former ARC boat highlighting key equipment considerations.

Show your Boat - Help inspire other cruising sailors
If you have been offshore cruising, or have refitted your boat with with living on board in mind, we are inviting you come join us for all or part of the weekend, to share your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with aspiring offshore sailors. The aim of the weekend is to help those planning an offshore adventure in the future start thinking about all aspects of living the bluewater sailing dream, and your own experiences can help them on their way.

It is not about being an expert, but about sharing personal experiences. How you organised your life to go sailing, what you added or wished you had added to your boat. If you sail as a couple, how did this go for you? Did you have a budget for your voyage? These are just some of the nuggets of information we want to share with future offshore sailors.

If you would like to be involved, contact us and let us know which day is best for you; whether you want to bring your boat to Lymington and have it open for visitors, and whether you would like to be involved in any of our discussion panels. Send us an email, or give the office a call on +44 (0)1983 296060.

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