Day Cruises from Itchenor (Grid Ref SU 800015) Post code: PO20 7AW
Arrangements for these cruises are normally published each month in the Newsletter and the monthly calendar; a reminder is also sent out just before each cruise. Members should assemble on the Hard at Itchenor by 9.00am for a briefing at 10am and be ready to sail soon after that. Each cruise will have an intended destination, and a cruise leader will be appointed who will organise and brief participants on the passages to be made.
For their own safety, boats taking part on these cruises will be expected to keep together and, as an additional safety measure, may be paired up. A picnic should be taken in the boat. A charge for the car park and harbour dues is made by the Chichester Harbour Authorities and can be paid as a daily rate or annual season ticket at the Harbour office.
These cruises will have powerboat support.
Our first Chichester cruise on 16th May 2020 is called 'Try Cruising' because we want to encourage those who have not yet sailed in tidal more open waters to come out in an experienced helm's boat to see what cruising is like. The will be an evening session in the week before to help you plan for the adventure. Previously this cruise has been everything you could hope for. The sun shone, there was enough wind to visit many of the favourite haunts and most importantly, almost every boat had someone in it who hadn’t cruised before! This is what some of our new cruisers had to say:
“The cruise was well organised, and it was very reassuring to have the safety boat there in case anyone ran into any trouble. The weather was wonderful and it was lovely to get out in the harbour and see all the other boats enjoying the water.” Kirsty
“Chichester Harbour is probably one of the most beautiful sailing areas the UK has to offer. And we were incredibly lucky with the sunny weather, which would convince anyone that cruising is great way to spend a Saturday. This cruise boasted some of the bigger turnouts and everyone I spoke to absolutely loved the day.” Daniella
If you enjoyed Try Cruising, you may wish to try another cruise that has a camping option on 30/31 May and 15/16 August (see section on Camp and cruise for more information). Non-campers wishing to launch from Itchenor can be ‘collected’ by the camping contingent. A Mirror-sized dinghy is considered to be the smallest suitable for cruising on a neap tide in the harbour and helms need to have suitable experience (Level 3 and Seamanship skills). If you are new to cruising and would like to go out in someone else's boat or have someone experienced in your boat, please let me know when you book.
For those wanting a more challenging cruise, try our spring tide cruise on 22nd August to Emsworth. Also our annual Round Hayling Island will be 12th September. A Miracle-sized dinghy is thought to be the smallest boat suitable for these cruises.
How to book:
A reminder is sent out before each cruise. You phone or email me to book a place the Wednesday before, by 9pm. If you would like extra support; to crew for someone; someone to crew for you, let me know when you book. If you have booked on the cruise and it needs to be cancelled, you will be notified on the Friday before by 9pm.
What you need:
If you are new to Cruising please take time to read Safe Cruising with CMYC
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