With a 'Jolly' I am aiming to create the best kind of all round sailing experience, something I felt was missing from the market and which bridges the gap between the other kinds of sailing out there. Jollies are fun and hands on - something between a course and a holiday - aimed predominantly at those wishing to develop their sailing, practise skills and gain in confidence. In a relaxed, but at times challenging atmosphere of enjoyment, learning and camaraderie, you may be as involved as you wish, and get what you want or need, without the constraints of a course syllabus. See the testimonials for an impression of the success of this concept, which receives many compliments and is bringing clients back time and time again.
2015 EVENTS that YOU can join as an individual, or book a whole bareboat
08 - 14 June : UK - Solent - Portsmouth, Hamble, Southampton, Isle of Wight and CROSS CHANNEL MILEBUILDER and TIDAL WATERS training trip - book at http://www.equinoxsailing.com/
27 June - 18 July : CROATIA PARTY SAIL WEEKS including ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL - book at http://www.sailweekcroatia.com/
22 - 29 August : Four yacht mini flotilla, Corfu - 4 x new Sun Odyssey 33 with one 'lead' yacht (individual cabins or berths) and three sold as bareboats - ideal for families, new skippers, first time charter with nice small yacht and experienced lead skipper on hand €1,700 whole bareboat, £800 cabin, £450 berth on lead yacht with Rich.
29 August to 5 September : Ionian Islands Jolly - individual places available. Bareboats on request to join in an extension of the previous week's mini flotilla.
17 - 31 October : GREECE - End of Season ONE WAY 'return regatta - up to 7 yachts - Corfu to Athens via Kefalonia - 2 weeks - £325 pppw or £600 double / twin cabin for 2. Whole bareboat options available for newly qualified and/or professional captains to bring their own groups at 900 euros per 33 foot yacht for up to 6 people. Book one or both weeks.
Rich currently has a few other dates available in 2015 and is usually able to cater for individual requests, even creating a Jolly based around the wishes of one or two individuals, just to set the ball rolling.. so if you want to sail but have other dates or venues in mind, don't be shy, let's see what we can build for you!
'Borboleta', one of our most chartered yachts from www.omegasail.com
Pro Skippers : I offer you the opportunity to charter a yacht alongside mine, on an existing Jolly event and bring your own guests.
Newly Qualified Day / Coastal / Yachtmaster Skippers looking to charter for first time? Sailing Jollies give you the perfect opportunity to bring your family and friends sailing, knowing that a lead yacht with professional Yachtmaster/RYA Instructor skipper is on hand throughout the trip. For example, we have just launched a Corfu summer mini flotilla of just 4 yachts - 3 of which are being offered as bareboats at 1,700 euros, August 22-29. Ask if interested.
Who goes on a Jolly?
Generally, enthusiastic sailors, keen to learn, usually looking to take their experience and skills to the next level. Easy going people who enjoy a good time, usually mid 20's to mid 60's bracket whose main focus is on the planning and sailing but who enjoy a few beers at the end of the day. I'm happy to take beginners, but most of my clients tend to have some sailing experience - time on family or friends' yachts, or certificates like Competent Crew, Day or Coastal Skipper.
Most are looking for practice and reinforcement, to gain the confidence to charter their first yacht, or get qualifying passages towards their next qualification. Everyone is introduced to one another via email and our Facebook groups beforehand and we work everything out between us, such as the cabin allocations, dietary preferences and what people want out of the week. All are invited to help to plan the route and the stops they might like to make along the way, based on the conditions of course.
I like it! How do I book? Call Richie asap!
RYA Sailing Course? Ask Rich about doing yours in the Solent with www.equinoxsailing.com
How will a Jolly benefit me?
On a Jolly you will get a full taste of chartering a yacht and all that it involves, from check in, inventory and provisioning, passage planning & route strategy, through to the final handover and sense of achievement from being part of a successful crew. You will get sea miles, night hours, a 60 mile / overnight passage if feasible, man overboard exercises, advice on sail trimming, helming, berthing, reverse anchoring, departing from a quay, engine maintenance and help with pretty much anything else where we can. You may wish to spend some time in the role of 'Skipper', for anything from a simple task to an entire passage. However it's equally possible to come and relax and not be overly involved - it is entirely up to you. If you are working towards RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore, we will try to accommodate your needs in terms of qualifying passages and time 'skippering'. Everyone can pitch in and play an important part in every aspect of the voyage. The Skipper is ultimately in charge, but is happy to sit back and let individuals or groups plan and tackle sections of the trip, only stepping in if there's something awry. You're never put under pressure to do something, unless you say you want to be pushed - just let your Skipper know. How do I join?
How are the weather conditions generally?
The more adventurous and challenging Jollies are run in the early and late season, when the conditions can get tough, with fairly rough seas and strong-ish winds, so it pays to be sure of your sea legs taking sensible precautions to avoid sea sickness and bringing a positive sense of being up for longer passages. We won't ever recklessly set out in fierce conditions but sometimes being on a deadline means we may make passages that fair weather day sailors would prefer to avoid! Life jackets and harnesses are provided and must be worn when asked to do so. From April 2015 we have decided always to take TWO weeks for our early and late season regattas, taking the time pressure off.
The Sailing Jollies Ethos
I believe that in the world of sailing, one never stops learning, and the day you think you know it all is the day you should pack it in. Whether it's a new trick from another sailor, or a better way to teach or demonstrate something, there's always something somebody else can bring to the table. There's usually more than one way to do something effectively, so two different methods may work equally well, without one being necessarily better than the other. Some skippers like and dislike certain practices, so as a crew member you should take note and adapt your knowledge to fit with the yacht and skipper for each particular trip, in order to stay in their good books!
Strong testimonials and a high percentage of repeat bookings speak volumes about the popularity of Sailing Jollies and I believe I am the only one going to such lengths to create a trip that is so personally tailored to whatever every individual wants to get from it. You will be sure to meet like minded,genuine, fun people, generally all of whom are up for learning and developing their sailing skills and experience as much as possible, and no doubt finish the week with a sense of achievement, great memories and having made new friends for life.
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Sailing Jollies can help with: Skippered Charter Holidays - One Ways - Round Trips - Deliveries - Assisted Passages - Training - RYA Courses - Competent Crew - Day Skipper - Coastal Skipper - Yachtmaster - Mile Builders - Confidence Boosters - Experience Builders - 60 Mile Passages - Time as Skipper - Night Hours - One to One - Small Group - Private Work - Bareboat Charters - Training
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