Voyage on board the Prolific #4
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OutdoorLads is returning to the seas on board the Prolific in 2023!
This is an incredible opportunity to become part of the crew on board the Prolific, an impressive sailing boat owned by the Ocean Youth Trust. It's due to their charitable status that we can bring this to you at such an incredible price - ordinarily, the trip would be at least twice the price!
On this voyage, you will be crewing the boat under the instruction and direction of the fantastic staff team and volunteers of Prolific. Absolute beginner with no sailing experience, or total sailing pro? It doesn't matter if you've never set foot on a boat before or if you're a qualified sailor, these trips are for everyone. You'll learn what you need to know to sail the ship and be very involved with that.
Please don't be under the impression that this is a leisure holiday, however! Voyages aboard the Prolific are interactive, fun and rewarding. You'll be living in very close proximity with the rest of team, and working together hoisting, winching, gybing, steering (but hopefully not sinking!) as we sail this beautiful vessel around the English Channel for five days of adventure. There will be long days and maybe nights! You'll take your role in helping run the boat, from cooking, cleaning, scrubbing the decks and helping sail Prolific throughout your trip.
You'll be given the opportunity to drive the boat, hoist the sails and help plan your voyage. You'll be guided throughout your entire time on board by the staff team, who will ensure you have an amazing experience. There will be an abundance of laughs, games and team building. We can guarantee you'll make great friends. You'll be exhausted by the end of the week, but you will have had the absolute time of your lives, learnt a lot about sailing, yourself, and each other - this is the kind of trip that creates special memories. The feedback from previous OutdoorLads events on the Prolific are quite incredible!
We will be setting off from Southampton and finishing in Southampton, 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 passport!
A couple of members and leaders from last year's trip will be available to speak to about any concerns or worries you may have. There will be regular updates from OutdoorLads and your leader about your trip to make sure everything runs smoothly.
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 but think you'd enjoy it, and are prepared to get stuck in and give it your all for a five days, then this is a perfect event for you!
If you have any questions before you book please feel free to contact the event Leader.
Pay in instalments
If you would prefer to pay in monthly instalments, please contact the office team (or raise a support ticket) and we can discuss the options available to you, depending on the time available between booking and the event taking place. There will be additional terms and conditions to agree to before you commit. You won't pay anything extra to pay in instalments.
Up to four 'Foundation' places are available on this event, with up to a £200 per person discount on the price shown. Find out more about OutdoorLads Foundation and apply.
Photos: Photos by OYT and OuitdoorLads and used by OutdoorLads with full permission.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete a Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
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 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.