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Ocean cruising experts share their offshore sailing knowledge at the London Boat Show 2013

By World Cruising Club — last modified Jan 08, 2013 02:39 PM
World Cruising Club at London Boat Show 2013

Published: 2013-01-08 00:00:00
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: United Kingdom

Bluewater Cruisers Question Time

Preparing for the adventure of a lifetime cruising the world's oceans can be a daunting prospect for some, but the World Cruising Club have assembled a host of the sailing industry's leading experts at this year's Tullet Prebon London Boat Show to provide a comprehensive introduction to offshore cruising. Offering top tips through interactive panel discussions and daily presentations on the new World Cruising feature stand, the extensive programme of events gives visitors thinking about embarking on an ocean voyage an unparalleled opportunity to learn the practicalities of offshore sailing and begin to prepare for life at sea.

Spaces are still available to join the popular Bluewater Cruising Question Time sessions, taking place on Saturday 12th and 19th January at 14:00. These FREE sessions are ideal for anyone planning an Atlantic crossing and will be particularly beneficial to anyone planning to join the ARC or World ARC. Featuring top tips from an experienced panel of industry experts and seasoned cruisers, they will provide a focused one-hour introduction to life at sea and will answer key questions for those preparing for bluewater cruising. Topics covered will include great boat gear, cruising essentials, sailing with family, and choosing a boat. Question Time Sessions are free but spaces are strictly limited so those wishing to attend are advised to book in advance via the World Cruising Club website at:

Climb aboard an ARC yacht

One of the key highlights of this year's show will be the new World Cruising feature stand. Run in partnership with National Boat Shows, the attraction offers visitors the chance to climb aboard two yachts that have previously sailed in the ARC and learn how to change a boat from a weekend yacht into an offshore cruiser. Seasoned ARC skippers and crews will also be on hand to meet visitors and talk them through the practicalities of preparing themselves and their boat for the voyage.

Top tips from experienced sailors and industry experts

During the Show, there will be a series of short, informative presentations on the World Cruising feature stand, covering a wide range of topics relevant to planning and preparing your own boat for offshore cruising.

Subjects include:

  • Cruising with children
  • Setting up your boat for downwind ocean sailing
  • Managing your power consumption
  • Top ten "must have" equipment items
  • Pre-departure check list - what to do before each ocean trip
  • Choosing an offshore liferaft
  • Insurance for bluewater cruising
  • Keeping in touch - sat coms at sea
  • Sea survival - preparing your crew and boat
  • Watermaker - best practice
  • Cruising for cowards - how one woman went sailing
  • Electrical audit - planning for power at sea
  • My ARC - what it is like to cross the Atlantic
  • Life at Sea - watch patterns and routines
  • Keeping it up - learn to love your rigging
Speakers all have in depth offshore cruising experience and include, renown authors Rod Heikell and Liza Copeland; RYA ocean instructor Ian Clover; Sea survival instructor John Kiff; Jerry "the Rigger" Henwood; Mr ARC - Andrew Bishop from World Cruising Club; plus former ARC skippers talking about their own experiences at sea.
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Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat