Joining Instructions for Keelboat Sailing Courses
Your start time is found on the webpage you booked your course. (i.e. Beginners, Improvers, Seamanship Skills or Day Sailing). It's on the same line as the date of your course.
What you'll need to bring:
Suitable footwear for onboard the keelboat
Trainers or wellies with non-marking soles, deck shoes, crocks, grippy beach shoes and dinghy boots are all suitable. It's likely that you'll get wet feet while moving from the shore to the keelboat. If you want, you can take a change of dry footwear for use on the yacht and back ashore after sailing.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Waterproof trousers are useful because you'll sit on the side of the inflatable dinghy while motoring out to the yacht. If you get splashed they'll keep your bum dry! We can provide waterproofs in sizes from small to extra large but your own will probably fit you better.
It feels colder out on the sea than on land. So wear layers such as base layer, microfeece and warmer fleece depending on the overall temperature. A hat or buff is good for warmth and necessary for keeping longer hair out of your eyes! It's advisable to bring a change of clothing and a towel just in case you get very wet.
When you 'gybe' the boat, a rope runs quickly through your hands so you'll need some protection. Basic flexible utility gloves with some grip will do or you can buy sailing gloves.
Your own packed lunch
Depending on the time of high water and therefore the start time of your course, we'll eat aboard the yacht or just before we go sailing.
High SPF suntan lotion
If you wear glasses use something to secure them. Pen and paper are useful for note taking back ashore. If you're concerned about motion sickness just get something from the chemist. There are pills and patches available. You get your sea legs eventually but there's no need for this to spoil your early sailing experiences.
Tea and coffee will be provided before and after sailing. There's no toilet on the boat. So it's 'bucket & chuck it' if you're desperate. The best thing is to drink lightly before sailing and then drink lots to re-hydrate when you're back ashore.
Each day starts at the house with a safety session. If it's an early tide we'll then go straight out sailing. On a later tide we'll cover more of the theory sessions first.
The evenings are free. There are numerous hotels and B&Bs along the seafront nearby if you want to stay overnight. Day two often starts 30 mins to an hour later because of the tides. Manchester & Liverpool are easy commuting distances with the new Bay Gateway which gets you from junction 34 of the M6 to Morecambe in under 10 minutes.
This activity will be led by a qualified RYA Instructor and great emphasis will be placed on safety. It is your responsibility to comply with all safety regulations and the Terms and Conditions of booking.
We'll ask you for an emergency contact number when you arrive.
We reserve the right to postpone the activity due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. An alternative date will be mutually arranged.
How to find us:
8 Coniston Road,
Approaching Morecambe from Lancaster, follow the A589 (Broadway) all the way to the promenade. Turn left and drive down the promenade. Take the second turn left onto Thornton Road. Turn second left onto Arnside Crescent and left again onto Coniston Road.
If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615