Weekend Experience 16th – 17th July 2022

Experience the thrill of sailing on a high-performance Volvo Ocean 70 in the English channel. Telefonica Black competed in the 2008/2009 Volvo Round the World Race and this is a fantastic opportunity to get to sail her. Her speed and power are exhilarating and this trip allows you an opportunity to fully experience the boat, without the demands of a long-distance race.

This package includes:

  • Skipper
  • Mate and Crew
  • Pre-departure Safety Briefing
  • On board training
  • Your bunk
  • Marina and Berthing fees
  • Food on board while sailing
  • Lifejacket
  • Wet weather gear

Meals ashore and travel to and from ports is not included.

The Boat

Telefonica Black is a stripped-out racing boat with very few luxuries, so please expect freeze-dried food – as the galley consists of a sink and 1 camping stove for boiling water and a very exciting gimbled heads!

We like to be fully inclusive and give amateur sailors the chance to participate in all aspects of sailing the boat – we can assure you; you will not just be sitting on the rail.

The Experience

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July 2022

We have a professional Skipper and crew to keep you safe and help you with all aspects of life on board, from helming to navigation.

On an experience weekend we don’t do any night sailing and aim to be tied up in a marina in time for dinner and a beer!

We meet on the Friday night for a safety and deck brief and a chance to meet all the other crew. We will look at the latest weather gribs and decide our route for the morning. Usually, we try to aim for France if the weather allows. Saturday morning we slip lines, raise the mainsail and headsails, then do some skills and drills in the Solent before heading over to France to enjoy some hospitality.

Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to helm, trim and grind your way over the channel! You have the chance to get involved as much as you like, or you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sail and take in the stunning scenery that the south coast has to offer.

Don’t think this will be a luxury ride though! Such a high-performance racing yacht does not come with many creature comforts. Cramped quarters, freeze-dried food and basic accommodation are the trade-off!

We do it just as the elite ocean racers do so you truly get a genuine experience.

Westabout Ltd cannot guarantee the dates or routes given. We will always prioritise your safety. Due to bad weather or wind conditions, there can be delays for which we cannot accept liability.

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