We have been challenged to a race by the LBS Alumni sailing team. This is the first race of Sunsail's 2019 Series sailing - a fleet of 20 or more identical 42 ft Sailing boats crewed by teams of enthusiasts racing four to seven races in the Solent. It's fun, exciting racing, and ideal for occasional sailors like us, as you don't need to either spend a fortune on your boat to do well, nor be racing as a team week-in week-out.
When: 15th-17th March - arrive on Friday 15 March, racing is 16 and 17.
Where: Port Solent, Southampton
How much: £230
What do I get for that? 2 days of racing on a 42ft racing yacht, accommodation on board for 2 nights on the yacht, Race fees, Mooring Fees, Fuel, Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday/Sunday, Saturday night dinner tickets, and fees for hiring a skipper
What do we win?: Honour and pride of BEATING THE ALUMNI
What will I need to bring with me? Sailing kit (Sweaters/ fleece(s), Sailing Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Thick socks, Tracksuit, Sailing boots (recommended! Deck shoes or white-soled trainers will do at a push, but expect cold, wet, miserable feet) Neck towel or small towel to stop drips. It is much warmer to wear multiple thin layers than one thick layer. We do not recommend jeans as they become very cold when wet and take a long time to dry.), Sleeping bag **often forgotten**.
Important for newbies: If you're new to sailing and don't have something, there is often someone who can help you pull together the gear. Otherwise, Decathlon is a great resource for some cheaper, but waterproof gear!
I can’t sail, can I still come? All abilities welcome, but spaces are limited to 10 based on a mix of ability.
How do I get there?
Trains leave from London Waterloo, app. every 30 mins
The trip to Portsmouth takes about 1.45 mins
Get off at either Havant, or Portsmouth & Southsea
You will need to take a bus or a cab from there to Port Solent
On arriving at Port Solent Marina, follow the main road going straight across the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, bear right (the only way). At the third roundabout, take the second exit. Then drive over two speed bumps and take the next right. The Port House building is directly ahead of you. Again, further detail is on the joining instruction.
From the west, (Recommended: via M3) motorway access is via the M27 at junction 12. From the east, (A3) take the Hilsea exit off the A27 and follow the signs to Port Solent. From Portsmouth, take the M275 and follow the signs.
We will try to coordinate carpool options!