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Sailing on O.D.1 - this is the fun part!

The Crew

O.D.1 is available for booking by University sailing clubs and similar groups.

The principal aim of a cruise on O.D.1 is to introduce students to the fun and excitement of yachting. Obviously, sailing isn't for everyone - but, if you want to come back again, we will have succeeded!

What you will do

The crew usually joins the boat on the Friday evening before a weekend or week cruise. After stowing your kit carefully (gravity has an annoying habit of not working downwards on a boat, so anything you leave lying around probably won't be there when you come back for it….), there will be brief tour of the boat and its facilities and an initial safety briefing.

The cruise itself will start the next morning, once you have fitted yourself with a lifejacket and waterproofs, and been shown how to use the various bits of equipment on deck.

There is no room for passengers aboard an offshore cruising yacht. Everyone will take a turn at the tasks involved in running the boat!

  • setting and trimming sails
  • steering
  • keeping a lookout
  • handling mooring warps and fenders
  • navigating
  • (and the domestic chores!)

On most cruises, it should be possible for you to develop skills needed for the RYA cruising certificates (Competent Crew, Watch Leader, Day Skipper). However, OD1 is not a recognised RYA teaching establishment, so no formal training can be signed off.

Previous Experience
No previous sailing experience is required, as instruction will given during the trips. However, for safety, participants should be able to swim 50 metres in clothes, and thereafter stay afloat for five minutes.

All meals will be provided on board during each cruise. You should indicate on your personal information form if you need a special diet.

A typical kit list can be downloaded here. Basically, you will need warm (even in summer!)activity clothing, sleeping bag and soft-soled shoes. All safety equipment is provided on board the boat.

Remember to look in the gallery for more photos!


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