Voyage on board the Prolific
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This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the crew on board the Prolific, an impressive sailing boat owned by the Ocean Youth Trust! Together we will be hoisting, winching, gybing, steering but hopefully not sinking as we sail this beautiful vessel around the English Channel for five days of adventure.
We will be setting off from Poole and finishing in Brixham, but where we go in between will be completely up to us (and the weather....). If conditions are good we may even make it to France, so bring your sunglasses and swimming gear!
Past sailing experience is not necessary - there will be an experienced crew on board who will show you everything you need to do. If you've never sailed before and would like to give it a try, this is a perfect event for you!
What to bring
This list has been taken from OYT's website:
- Passport or Identity Card (we may go abroad even on a short trip) [NB group leaders organising a full-boat group: if several members of your group don't have passports and it would be difficult to get them, please tell us in advance and we can specify a UK-only voyage. For individual bookings, please check with the office well in advance it you don't have a passport - it's a shame if the wind is perfect for France but we can't go because just one person has forgotten to bring a passport.]
- A European Health Insurance card (in case you need medical treatment abroad)
- Single duvet cover, single bedsheet and pillowcase - we will provide a duvet and pillow if you bring sheet and cover. Otherwise please bring a sleeping bag and your own pillow.
- Warm clothing (even in summer it can be cold at sea)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Waterproof footwear (wellies are fine if soles are non-slip)
- Trainers or deck shoes with non-slip soles
- Clothes to wear ashore
- Wash kit (NB aerosols are a serious fire hazard and NOT allowed on board – bring roll-on deodorant)
- Wet wipes (optional – but there are limited opportunities for showers)
- Any regular medication / inhalers (you MUST tell our office in advance what you are taking)
- Seasickness pills.
- Glasses or contact lenses if needed (NB bring spares; contact lens cleaning solution; a strap to hold your glasses on)
- Sun cream, sunhat (e.g. baseball cap), sunglasses
Food & drink
Food and drink will be provided, and we will take turns to cook for everyone in the galley. Please make sure that you have notified us if you have any dietary requirements - we won't be able to nip to Tesco's when we're at sea! You may wish to bring your own snacks to keep up your energy throughout the day, though there will be plenty to eat for everyone on board.
There may be opportunities to grab something from a local pub in the evenings, so bring a bit of cash with you.
Bear in mind that alcohol on board is strictly forbidden. A couple of drinks once we are ashore may be enjoyed at the skipper's discretion.