Offshore Weekend 7th to 9th October
We have arranged the Offshore Weekend for the weekend of 7th to 9th October, starting in Ipswich on Friday evening and finishing back in Ipswich on Sunday afternoon. We have booked with Adventures Offshore, there is lots of information about them on their website http://www.adventuresoffshore.co.uk. They have two 15m (50ft) Oyster ketches and we are planning to book both of them, one for the Youth section and one for adult members.
What to Expect
The plan is to leave straight after school on Friday evening and get to Ipswich by about 19:30. We will meet the skipper and the two mates and have a briefing, fit lifejackets, harnesses and oilskins – all of which are provided. We will leave Ipswich sometime during the evening, motor down the river and anchor for the night.
On Saturday, we will sail out through Harwich harbor and into the North Sea, either heading North towards Lowestoft, or South towards Burnham or Maldon depending on the wind and tides. On the way, there will be lots of opportunity to learn how to sail a big boat, sail handling, steering, navigation (round the sandbanks) and lots of other new things. We will spend the night moored-up together.
Sunday will be a sail back up to Ipswich, all packed away by about 15:30.
The trip is open to youth members 12 years and upwards, parents and adult members. There are 10 places on each boat. For the youths, it will probably be a new experience and an introduction to another side of sailing. For adults, even if you have sailed big boats before, it will be a chance to practice lots of things that you wouldn't usually do such as man overboard, anchoring and sailing a bigger boat than you are probably used to.
The cost of the weekend will be £125 per person, this includes food (except Friday night) and the use of oilskins, lifejackets and harnesses. To confirm our booking, we need a £35 deposit from each person by 10th June.
If you have any questions, please contact the club. And if you want some background to sailing out of the Orwell, Arthur Ransome's "We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea" is based there (though we won't have time to get to Holland!)
Last updated 08:21 on 18 September 2017