Migrant English Project Summer Sailing Day

We have worked with students and volunteer teachers from the Brighton-based Migrant English Project (MEP) since 2013, taking people out on short sailing trips from Chichester harbour and Brighton marina. The aim has been to offer positive experiences for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, some of the most marginalised members of society. We know that sailing can be a combination of relaxation, enjoyment of the marine environment, exercise, and development of people  group working skills.

Yesterday we managed to take out 16 people from MEP on four short trips! A total of 49 folk from MEP came down to Itchenor for the day, enjoying walks, boat trips, picnics and sailing with us. The weather was thankfully perfectly sunny and a good breeze to get us sailing and nearly everyone who came out on Karic had a go helming. Here’s some feedback we received:

Thank you so much for taking my wife Eunice on the boat trip today. She had an amazing time and really enjoyed herself. Again Thank You.”

“In the name of mine and my family all I would like to thank you very much about today trip and sailing which we did enjoyed a lot and really have fun and joy many thanks to you and to every body take part in that trip.”

Thanks to the Homity Trust who gave us a small grant earlier this summer which supported these taster sails.

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Sailing Staycation

Rather than booking a holiday cottage this year, how about booking a sailing staycation? A week on one of our boats with your friends or family? Whether you have experience, qualifications or none, we can offer a skipper to look after the boat and organise a route or simply stock up the boat with a hamper of food and let you take off for a weekend or a full week.

If you would like to get more out of your sailing staycation, we can even incorporate a Competent Crew or Day Skipper course.

We can offer you one of our boats complete with food and skipper from £2000 for a group of four people for 5 days.

“I really enjoyed the day. I learned loads of stuff from Jacquie – an excellent skipper and teacher” – skipper charter customer.

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Budget Boat Charter – FREE HAMPER WITH FIRST BOOKING!

budget boat charter solentWhat better way to explore the Solent or the South Coast than on your own Bareboat Charter, with you as skipper. We offer what we believe are very competitive budget boat charter rates onboard our 30′ Westerly ketch Karic. The idea is to give you the confidence to expand your sailing ability and we would love you – yes you, newly certified Day Skipper – to charter Karic with some mates and show them what you’ve learnt. Needless to say you’ll make the odd error, but with such a sea kindly vessel who will know??

We ask that you hold a RYA Day Skipper practical qualification and that at least one other person onboard has sailing experience, but then you wouldn’t be heading out on your own, would you?

We offer a full briefing at the start of each budget boat charter to make sure you are comfortable and confident before setting off. We are always a phone call away if you have any concerns or questions. We can arrange for you to have a commercial skipper onboard to help you get used to the boat, for anything upwards of a couple of hours through to a fully skippered trip.

In practice this could mean one of our skippers joining you for your first day out on Karic, helping you pilot and negotiate the often busy waters of Chichester harbour. You could then carry on to Portsmouth, with our skipper letting you get on with it, but being on hand to answer any questions or help with any practicalities, like sail trim or rules of the road. They would be on hand to help you pilot your way into Portsmouth harbour and then leave you at the end of the day. You would then be in charge for the rest of your trip. In future you would then be familiar enough with Karic to do a briefer handover for future charters.

“I really enjoyed the day. I learned loads of stuff from Jacquie – an excellent skipper and teacher” – skipper charter customer.

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Take PART 2016 Sport Festival

20th June sees the start Brighton & Hove’s Take PART Festival of Sport 2016 and to do our bit, we will have our yacht Jalapeno berthed in Brighton Marina for 2 weeks beginner-friendly taster sailing. We are particularly encouraging local businesses and organisations to take part in our Sea Legs Challenge and invite their employees for an afternoon or evening onboard. Sailing is a great way to build teamwork in a fun environment and so is the perfect way to reward as well as train your team or colleagues.

Four hour taster sails will be taking place twice daily at 1200 and 1730, £50 per person, with group discounts available. You can book directly here.

If you would be interested in taking your organisation on the Sea Legs Challenge, contact info@www.sailboatproject.org for details.

May Bank Holiday RYA Competent Crew & RYA Day Skipper courses

RYA Competent Crew RYA Day SkipperHere’s a few photos from this weekend’s RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper courses. The five days started without much wind, but we left Chichester with a fair tide up to Cowes and a visit to the River Medina. Day two saw us try out some slow motion sailing manouevres in the central Solent, with the wind picking up enough for us to short tack up the Beaulieu River to Buckler’s Hard. Day three saw Day Skipper candidate Gustavo skipper us to Poole. A slow downwind sail down the western Solent turned into close haul tacking through the Needles channel and eventually a motor across to Poole harbour. A quick visit to Poole Town Quay for supplies while the sun set, allowing us some night pilotage and a mooring buoy off Sandbanks for the evening. The wind arrived on day four, and with Phil as skipper we sailed off the buoy and out of Poole harbour with about a hundred other boats and set sail for St Catherine’s point on the south coast of the Isle of Wight and all the way round, sailing right up to the entrance of Portsmouth harbour. The final day was a short beat back to Chichester, with winds gusting high force 6.

RNLI Mayday donation

Well done to everyone who completed their First Aid course last night, and in the process contributed to our RNLI Mayday donation of £40. We always give £5 from each First Aid course fee to the RNLI and seen here is Julian, in full kit, from the Brighton inshore RNLI station receiving the cheque from Sail Boat Project director Jacquie Dowding. Thanks also to Mark Durell from First Response Training for providing another thorough training and to our hosts at Brighton Marina Yacht Club.RNLI Mayday donation

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in booking on our next First Aid course please contact us for details.

Jalapeno in action – Learn to sail Day Skipper

Learn to sail Day Skipper this year! Jalapeno has been out working this week, delivering sail training from Chichester harbour. Congratulations to Olivia and Michael, two newly qualified RYA Day Skippers, who got to put Jalapeno through her paces, under the guidance of instructor Jason Ralph.

There was a good variety of conditions, with a gusty day being a good chance to experience more challenging conditions. The five day course took them all over the Solent, to the Beaulieu river, a night entrance into the River Hamble, Cowes on the Isle of Wight and into Portsmouth harbour.

Find out here how to Learn to sail Day Skipper this year!

 

 

Learning Resources for Sailing

Learning resources for sailingWe have a whole page of useful learning resources for sailing, for all levels. Find them all here:

http://www.sailboatproject.org/newwp/resources/

As well as our administration forms and downloadable publicity, there are a load of resources to help prepare yourself or your group for a sailing activity. They include:

Introduction to Sailing Terms pdf Written for anyone new to the water

RYA course pathways and progression routes Illustrating how our theory and practical courses link

Tides worksheet pdf A useful memoery aid of navigational theory

As well as other useful guides like:

June 2015 survey of Chichester bar

Essential Safety in Chichester Harbour

We are constantly adding to our learning resources for sailing page so be sure to keep coming back to check it!

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First aid course Brighton

£75

First Aid course Brighton

2 sessions

Mondays 31st October and 28th November, 1800-2100

£75 per person, with £5 going to the RNLI.

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This Emergency First Aid at Work course runs over two evenings at Brighton Marina Yacht Club. You need to be able to attend both sessions to complete the course.

The course is a 6 hour award designed to equip you with the skills to manage an emergency situation until further help arrives. The award covers CPR and basic first aid and is the perfect introduction to first aid or for those who have some previous experience to act as a refresher. This course will also cover some extra knowledge specifically related to sailing such as head injuries, hypothermia and drowning. The course is very hands on and will ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to safely manage a wide range of injuries.

Delivered by Mark Durrell, Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club

 

Budget Boat Charter Service Launched

We offer what we believe are very competitive boat charter rates onboard our 30′ Westerly ketch Karic from Chichester harbour. What better way to explore the Solent or the South Coast than on your own boat charter, with you as skipper. We ask that you hold a RYA Day Skipper practical qualification, and that at least one other person onboard has sailing experience.

From £400 for a weekend or Monday to Friday. See our full rates here.

We offer a full briefing at the start of each boat charter to make sure you are comfortable and confident before setting off. We are always a phone call away if you have any concerns or questions. We can arrange for you to have a commercial skipper onboard to help you get used to the boat, for anything upwards of a couple of hours through to a fully skippered trip.

Book early to avoid disappointment! Contact us for more details.

Karic is a Westerly Renown ketch – a ketch means there are two masts, so three sets of sails for people to learn how to use. She has berths for six people to sleep in three cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the table in the main cabin. Designed for family cruising, Karic is a safe, sturdy boat. There is a centre cockpit with room for a crew of six to sit in comfort.

Facilities include a roomy heads (toilet/washroom) and meths 2 hob cooker.

See more photos of Karic here.