Cruising at Seafarers Sailing Club

Welcome to cruising at Seafarers. Cruises have always been a popular element of the Club`s sailing programme. Many members prefer cruising to racing with the former's noncompetive nature and refreshment interlude. There are members who like to be involved in all aspects of sailing and do both. With so many interesting destinations available, Seafarers is perfectly situated for cruising. Most cruise destinations have somewhere to buy food and drink and provide a good view to enjoy whilst relaxing with your cruising companions.

A variety of boats are used for cruising. Larger dinghies such as Wayfarers, Wanderers, Laser Stratos`and the RS Venture are quite popular. However, smaller multi-crew boats such as the Enterprise, Vision and GP14 are used and single-handers such as Solos, Europes and Phantoms have taken part when the conditions have been suitable. It is usual for at least one of the boats to carry an outboard. The number of crew per boat will depend upon how many want to go and the weather.

Safety is a major consideration and the decision on whether to cruise or not is largely dictated by the weather conditions. The overriding principle is that a decision to go sailing in any condition however benign is the ultimate responsibility of the individuals who take to the water. We ask you to be responsible for yourself and not to put yourself or others in danger.

All planned (programmed) cruises follow the Club approved standard guidelines recommended by the RYA. A buddy boat system is used to ensure that, if any boat gets into difficulty, there is another boat close by to provide assistance. A land based (on-shore) coordinator is provided who has access to the passage plan and crew contact details and is in communication with the cruise leader. Please note that the Wednesday cruises are self-help and not run under the SSC organisation. Participation in Wednesday cruises is entirely at your own risk.

A full set of guidelines for the leader of a cruise, the Cruise Secretary or his nominated deputy, and all helms will be found on the Cruising Guidelines page. This covers passage planning, completion of the 'Sign on Sheet', communication with the on-shore coordinator and equipment to be considered. For some people this will be business as usual. For others, perhaps new to cruising, this may seem daunting. Do not be put off. Cruising is, potentially, a very enjoyable activity. Like any water sport, if carried out with a little common sense and planning, cruising can be hugely rewarding.

If you are interested in cruising and would like to know more, please contact Phill Borham the .

We hope to see you cruising soon.

The Cruising Programme can be found within Club's Programme of Events.