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UK, Lymington: Bluewater Open Boat Weekend - 7/8 June

By World Cruising Club — last modified Mar 31, 2014 09:26 PM
Learn what to look for when selecting an offshore cruising boat at this unique weekend, free with pre-registration.

Published: 2014-03-30 23:00:00
Topics: Cruising Information , Equipment , Rallies

World Cruising Club has teamed up with leading bluewater yacht brokers Berthon, to host a unique weekend rendezvous at Berthon's Lymington UK base in June. The new Bluewater Open Boat weekend, is for sailors who are aiming at going offshore cruising and want to know what to look for when choosing a bluewater cruising boat.  For those in the boat search phase of their count-down to offshore cruising, the Bluewater Open Boat weekend will provide the knowledge to help make the right choice of boat, plan a refit, and manage the costs of cruising, as well as meeting and mingling with experienced bluewater cruisers to share knowledge and gain inspiration, all in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Climb on board the Open Boats

A range of different, fully fitted out offshore cruising boats will be on display for visitors to climb on board, supported by a selection of talks aimed at educating sailors about key aspects of bluewater boat selection and planning for offshore cruising.  Speakers have been chosen for their knowledge in their specialist fields and include industry experts, World Cruising Club partners, plus previous participants from the ARC and World ARC rallies.

Discover what it is like to sail across an ocean

In addition to practical sessions on boat choice and refitting, other speakers will focus on what it is really like to sail across an ocean, with the aim of reassuring and inspiring new bluewater cruisers.  A women's round table, will provide an opportunity for a testosterone free discussion about all aspects of the offshore cruising life, with experienced female sailors leading the discussions.

Meet, chat and mingle

Throughout the weekend there will also be displays of offshore cruising equipment, and a chance to mingle with industry experts and other cruising sailors. Previous World Cruising Club rally participants are invited to bring their own boats to the weekend, and share their personal experiences offering "open boat" viewing to other cruisers.

The Bluewater Weekend will take place at the Berthon Marina in Lymington over the weekend of 7/8 June 2014. The event is open to all cruisers, and attendance is free with pre-registration, or on the day. Visitors can opt to take part in the whole weekend, or choose selected sessions from the programme.  Local marine and leisure businesses are also backing the event, with discounts available at pubs, restaurants and marine suppliers in Lymington.

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