Teenagers Cross Channel Cruise

New for 2017!

6th - 13th August 

This cruise offers older teenagers the opportunity to go a little further afield and stretch themselves, both in terms of their sailing ability and personal development. Weather depending, we aim to visit Cherbourg in France and Alderney in the Channel islands, as well as various ports on the south coast such as Poole or Weymouth. This cruise is open to those aged 17 – 19 inclusive, who hold a minimum of an RYA Competent Crew certificate or have equivalent experience.

It’s an ideal cruise for those looking for a DofE Gold Residential activity or simply a bit of adventure over the Summer. For those at Coastal skipper level, it ‘s a perfect opportunity to put shore based navigation skills into practice and experience offshore sailing. A great way to build sea miles and experience new skills such as watch keeping. 

 It’s not all about sailing though! As well as making new friends and creating memories galore, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the places we visit. In Cherbourg you will have time to visit the local market, or maritime museum. Stock up at the local Supermarché or enjoy a Crêpe at one of the local eateries. We hear there is a superb Pizzeria near the marina!

Image result for alderney week colour partyIn Alderney, bike hire is a must to explore the fabulous beaches and WW2 fortifications on the island,  before finishing off with a beach BBQ. For star gazers our visit couldn't be timed better with the Perseid Meteor shower peaking this week and the Milky Way highly visible from Alderney's clear sky. Our visit also coincides with Alderney week, the islands most popular annual event with a carnival atmosphere. Who's up for the colour party and the Rock the Rock concert? 

 The cost includes 7 nights onboard accommodation, all onboard food, mooring fees, wet weather gear and safety equipment. Spending money will be required for bike hire, any meals or drinks ashore and sundries such as water taxis in Alderney and concert tickets. We would recommend around £80 as a guide for the week. Places are limited to 6 per yacht. What a great Summer adventure!

Example Itinerary

Arrival Evening:

  • 19:00 - Arrive at Hamble - Check in at School reception.
  • Meet Skipper & fellow crew and move onto yacht - settle in.
  • Instructors safety briefing and yacht familiarisation talk - explain where everything is.
  • 20:00 Dinner onboard

Day 1

  • 07:30 Weather forecast, breakfast, showers, clean up.
  • 09:00 On deck - preparation of the yacht for sea.
  • 09:30 Depart for sail to Yarmouth
  • 13:00 Lunch on board  tied to a mooring buoy. Weather forecast.
  • Depart for sail to Poole
  • Man overboard , the correct response as crew.
  • 19:00 Enter Poole harbour, anchor off Brownsea island. 
  • Discuss the days events.
  • 20:00 Supper

Day 2

  • 05:00 Preparation of the yacht of sea
  • 06:00 Depart for Alderney
  • 22:00 arrive Alderney   

Day 3

  • 08:00 Breakfast. 
  • Day off to explore the island and experience Alderney week
  • Beach BBQ

Day 4

  • 07:30 Weather Forecast, breakfast, and prepare for sea.
  • 11:00 Depart for Cherbourg
  • 17:00 Arrive Cherbourg
  • 18:00 clean yacht  & stow sails
  • 19:00 Dinner onboard

Day 5

  • 08:00 Breakfast & weather forecat
  • Day off to explore Cherbourg
  • 16:00 Return to yacht to prepare for sea
  • 18:00 Dinner onboard
  • 19:00 Depart for Solent - night time crossing 

Day 6

  • 09:00 arrive in Portsmouth breakfast
  • Showers and explore Gun wharf Quays
  • 14:00 Depart for Beaulieu
  • 18:00 Arrive Bucklers Hard
  • 19:00 Dinner onboard

Day 7

  • 07:00 breakfast
  • preparation of the yacht for sea
  • 09:00 Depart for Cowes
  • 11:00 Early lunch
  • 12:30 Depart for Hamble
  • 14:30 Arrive Hamble, clean up yacht
  • 16:00 sign logbooks, depart

This itinerary is purely a guide to see how the week might run. Depending on weather conditions, tides and crew preferences, the order that ports might be visited may change and some may not be visited at all.

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