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Sailing in the English Channel

Sailing in the English Channel

TRIP TYPE:
Coastal Sailing

NO PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

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Come and join Rubicon 3 for great fun sailing and training along the south coast of England and possibly across to France

Come and join Rubicon 3 for some really fun sailing and training on one of our 60' expedition yachts. Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know and ensure that from day one you will be helming the boat, learning to trim the sails and navigating. We'll sail and explore the famous south coast of England and if we have time and the weather is nice, even sail across the Channel to France.

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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

TRIP CODE: PTP07092020

  • Start date / place: September 07 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: September 11 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250

TRIP CODE: PTP14092020

  • Start date / place: September 14 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: September 18 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250

TRIP CODE: PTP19102020

  • Start date / place: October 19 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: October 30 2020. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £1,499
  • Deposit: £600

TRIP CODE: PTP 29032021

  • Start date / place: March 29 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: April 02 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250

TRIP CODE: PTP 05042021

  • Start date / place: April 05 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: April 09 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250

TRIP CODE: PTP 12042021

  • Start date / place: April 12 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: April 23 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £1,499
  • Deposit: £600

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Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.

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PLEASE NOTE

Covid-19
All crew must produce a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before the start date.

Deposit
This is 40% of the trip price and is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. Our sole objective is to get out on the water, have some fun, practise a few skills and enjoy some top class sailing

Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.

Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.

THE SAILING GROUND

Starting and finishing in Portsmouth, we can plan the perfect itinerary depending on the wind at the time. There’s the Solent and the Isle of Wight, with some lovely anchorages, the Beaulieu River, Cowes, Yarmouth and the iconic Needles. If we head west, there’s the wonderful Salcombe, Dartmouth and River Helford. There’s also the possibility of sailing south across the English Channel to France and exploring some of the beautiful French coast. The beauty of this area is that whatever the wind is doing, we will have somewhere fun to sail.

  • Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
    It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
  • Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
    We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.

    INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS

    PORTSMOUTH

    • The course will start and finish in Haslar marina, Portsmouth.
    • The closest train station is Portsmouth Harbour.
    • From there, you need to take the green ferry across the harbour (5 minutes, £3.70) and walk along the shore to the marina.
    • Portsmouth harbour station is about 90 minutes on the train from Gatwick airport (IATA code: LGW). It is also possible to take a 90 minute taxi costing about £60 from Heathrow airport (IATA code: LHR)

AGE & EXPERIENCE

These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here

FITNESS TO SAIL

We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

Fitness to sail

MEDICAL DECLARATION

Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

See the Medical Declaration here

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
  • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.

TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING

For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.

INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY

  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore

IN SUMMARY

Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

    Terms & Conditions