During the day, there will be four workshop sessions and you can choose the three which suit you best. The workshops will be in small groups (maximum of 25 people) and will offer you a chance to learn a new skill, learn about a cruising destination or learn more about preparing yourself and your boat for cruising. All workshops are led by someone with first-hand knowledge and expertise of the area.

The workshops are likely to include the following topics, but we will be confirming details as soon as they are available in the coming months:

Cruising Information

  • Communication afloat
  • Weather and weather sources
  • Pilotage information
  • Developing your own website/blog while cruising

Cruising Skills

  • Anchoring – types and techniques
  • Stress-free sailing
  • Stress-free navigation
  • Suddenly Alone
  • Cooking Afloat
  • Splicing a soft shackle
  • Using and splicing modern ropes
  • Marine Photography – taking better photographs
  • Painting and drawing on the water
  • Developments in technology – getting the best from your instruments
  • Signal K and other electronics developments
  • Carry on Cruising
  • Essential first aid for cruising
  • Decorative ropework

Preparing and Maintaining Your Boat

  • What safety equipment should you have aboard?
  • Sail and rig tuning for faster cruising
  • Rigging your boat – cruising faster and safer
  • Engine maintenance for dummies (preventative maintenance)
  • Lifejackets – will yours work?
  • Man overboard – prevention and getting a person back aboard
  • Going electric – inboard and outboard electric engines
  • Eco cruising – reduce your carbon footprint
  • Basic glassfibre repairs

Cruising Locations

  • Cruising in the Netherlands
  • Netherlands – the Staande Maste Route
  • Cruising West from Cherbourg to L’Aberwrac’h
  • Crossing the North Sea – avoiding the obstacles
  • Cruising in the Baltic
    • Sweden and Finland
    • Denmark and Germany
  • Crossing the Thames Estuary
  • Heading for Northern France
  • Thinking of Heading Round Britain?
  • Preparing to cruise further afield and for longer
  • Keeping a boat abroad
  • Cruising in Atlantic France
  • Cherbourg – L’Aberwrac’h
  • Crossing Biscay to the Rias
  • Blue water cruising
  • Cruising in the Mediterranean
  • Cruising the East Coast
  • Cruising around Scotland
  • Crossing the North Sea
  • Cruising Belgium