Day 1 - Meet your crew at 1000 at the Girls For Sail office, before your full safety brief on the boat. A lot of information this morning, but don't worry, it will all sink in. After the safety brief, we will learn how to hoist the sails, and head out into the Solent to start learning about how the sails work. Tonight we will pick up a mooring buoy outside Yarmouth.
Day 2 - After digesting a lot of information yesterday, today will put it into practice, repeating the lessons of the day before and incorporating more tacking and gybing. The short distance to Lymington optimises the time honing our new found skills, and learning more - it's time for MAN OVERBOARD!! You will be meeting our very careless mate Bob! Its also time to learn some knots!
Day 3 - A longer trip lined up today, after a hearty breakfast we will head out to the Western Solent. Saying goodbye to the Needles, we will head back to the central Solent using Osbourne bay as a playground, learning more about sail setting. This evening will be your chance to teach your instructor a thing or two... presentations!! These will be on anything from how to send a MAYDAY, to where to find a forecast. Tonight we will end up in Haslar Marina, famous for having some of the best showers in the Solent... not to mention they're on a ship!
Day 4 - After eggs for brekkie, we will head out of busy Portsmouth harbour heading back to the comparable peace of the East Solent, taking a look at the Forts planned originally to protect from Napoleonic invasion, but sadly completed too late! More training today, no rest for the wicked, what with that all important knots test coming up tomorrow! Ending our day at East Cowes marina.
Day 5 - Today we will spend time polishing up anything that you wish to cover again. Then it's back to Cowes in time to debrief and clean up. You will depart the yacht at 4pm.