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UK: World Cruising Club at the Southampton Boat Show

By WCC — last modified Sep 04, 2015 08:27 PM
The PSP Southampton Boat Show takes place from 11-20 September in the heart of the city. With lots of attractions at the show including new boat launches and equipment offers, many cruisers will be planning a visit, so here's a round up of World Cruising Club's activities at the show.

Published: 2015-09-03 23:00:00
Topics: Rallies
Countries: United Kingdom

Ocean Sailing Forum
Saturday 12th September 10:00-12:00
Harbour Lights Picture House in Ocean Village, Southampton

This two hour moderated panel discussion, run in association with Yachting World magazine, is designed to be an informative introduction to offshore cruising and will cover topics like preparing your boat, selecting equipment, sail handling, life onboard, crew management, route planning and weather. The panel will be made up of industry experts and experienced cruising sailors, providing a wide range of opinions and experiences.

Set to encourage and inspire those thinking about blue water cruising, the Forum will take place a short distance from the Boat Show at the Harbour Lights Picture House in Ocean Village from 10:00-12:00, and ticket to the show included in the registration fee.

To join, please visit

Cruising in Portugal Seminar
Sunday 13th September 09:00-11:00
Southampton Boat Show

This year, WCC are organising a special free-to-attend seminar on "Cruising in Portugal" to be held at the Southampton Boat Show. Those attending the two hour seminar can expect to gain an interesting insight to exploring the Portuguese coast, and be inspired to set sail on their own adventure. Practical weather, training and safety advice will be discussed, particularly for those who may be planning to cross the Bay of Biscay for the first time.

The seminar will have a special emphasis on ARC Portugal, which has been run annually by World Cruising Club for twenty-one years. The rally departs from Plymouth, UK in June and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers in welcoming marinas along the way to finish in Marina de Lagos a little over three weeks later.

The finishing port for the rally, Marina de Lagos, is renowned as one of the premier marinas on the Portuguese Coast. Ingrid Fortunato, the Manager at Marina de Lagos, will be at the seminar to provide advice about further local cruising and the practicalities to consider for basing your yacht in Portugal.

The seminar is free to attend with advanced registration and attendees will receive a complimentary entry ticket to the Southampton Boat show at the seminar.

Click here to register

Launch of ARC Channel Islands
Sunday 13 September 2015, 15:30 to 17:00
RYA Lounge, Southampton Boat Show

World Cruising Club are joining forces with RYA Active Marina and Practical Boat Owner magazine to offer both novice and experienced sail cruisers the chance to join the first-ever ARC Channel Islands in August 2016.

Anyone interested in cruising to the Channel Islands is invited to discover more about the rally at the official launch party and information event being held during Southampton Boat Show.

The launch will provide an opportunity to learn about the rally, first time channel crossings and what makes the Channel Islands so popular among UK cruisers. There will be experts from World Cruising Club, the RYA and Channel Islands harbours on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as participants from previous RYA Sail Cruises, giving a chance to mix with likeminded sailors.

To celebrate the rally's launch, leading chart publishers Imray are offering a set of Channel Islands charts and pilot books (worth £270) for a prize draw.

The launch is free to attend with advanced registration at

Contact the World Cruising Club team

Contact the team in Cowes
Speak to Martine Waitt, Sally France, Sarah Collins or Jeremy Wyatt in Cowes: +44(0)1983 296060 or email us at about any aspects of our rallies or training programmes.

World Cruising Club USA
Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson are the team at the helm of World Cruising Club USA, responsible for the Caribbean 1500, ARC USA, ARC Bahamas and ARC DelMarVa, plus our US seminars. Contact Andy and Mia on +1 757 788 8872, or via email at

European Representatives
Astrid and Wilhelm Greiff provide support for German-speaking participants in all World Cruising Club rallies. They are on, and will be happy to assist you.

In the Netherlands, Bojan Michiels van Kessenich provides support and assistance for Dutch-speaking participants. Contact him via

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