Practical preparation advice for an offshore passage from ARC sailors and cruising rally experts

29 July 2016

This autumn we will be hosting a series of forums to inspire sailors to extend their offshore cruising boundaries. Each forum will feature a panel of experienced bluewater cruisers sharing their personal experiences of sailing offshore passages and living on board, together with industry professionals giving their own practical top tips. The objective is to share their knowledge and experience in a friendly and informative way and audience members are encouraged to participate and to ask questions. 

During the two-hour forums, panellists will discuss the planning and preparation required for ocean cruising, with special emphasis on WCC rallies including the ARC, Caribbean 1500 and World ARC. Topics covered include preparing your boat, selecting equipment, sail handling, life onboard, crew management, route planning and weather. Anyone interested in sailing off across the oceans, whether you're planning for the future or almost ready to set-sail, is welcome to attend. 

It was very informative and a must for anyone thinking of undertaking bluewater cruising.” Said Andy Hilton who previously attended one of WCC’s Ocean Sailing Forums - 18 months on, he and his family are currently cruising in Fiji exploring with World ARC. 

Held alongside international boats shows in UK, USA and Germany, the forums also provide an opportunity to take the panel's ideas and suggestions with you into the show and speak to the specialist bluewater exhibitors. 

Southampton Boat Show - 16-25 September 2016

With lots of attractions at the show including new boat launches and equipment offers, we know many of you will be planning a visit to Britain's biggest boating festival. The WCC team will be available all week on our stand J020 in Ocean Hall.

Ocean Sailing Forum - Saturday 17 September 2016, 10:00 - 12:00
If you are considering making a long offshore passage; crossing the Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic or further, come along to the Ocean Sailing Forum on the first Saturday of the Southampton Boat Show.

The two hour moderated panel discussion will cover topics like preparing your boat, selecting equipment, sails and sail handling, life onboard, crew management, route and weather. The panel will be made up of industry experts and experienced cruising sailors, providing a wide range of opinions and experiences.

The cost is only £15 per person, including a boat show ticket and free copy of Yachting World magazine. Boat show tickets will be given out at registration on Saturday morning.

Click here for more information and to register