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Sailing on O.D.1 - this is the fun part!
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
- setting and trimming sails
- keeping a lookout
- handling mooring warps
- (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.
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
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.
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