Yachting Monthly RYA Cross-Channel Cruise 2008

The sixth RYA Cross-Channel Sail Cruise, sponsored by the Hamble School of Yachting in association with Yachting Monthly,

starts from Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth, on Sunday, 15 June. Boats range

from a Hunter Pilot 27 to a Dehler 41. After crossing to Cherbourg the

cruise continues to Guernsey, returning via Braye Harbour, Alderney, on

20 June. It’s open to yachts from 8-12m, costs from £400, and is a good

opportunity to make your first Channel crossing in company.

To register, email: sail.cruising@rya.org.uk or telephone 0845 345 0370.

Yachting Monthly Biscay Triangle

The Yachting Monthly Biscay Triangle is an annual 3-week cruising

rally for yachtsmen wishing to experience a long-range cruise in

company. The Rally provides camaraderie and professional support and

will benefit both experienced long-distance cruising yachtsmen and

those wishing to extend their sailing experience in a fully-supported,

club-style cruising event.

The departure and return are made at Torquay, where a warm

reception is always assured by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. At the end

of a 500-mile passage to La Coruña in North-West Spain, the club-style

ethos of the event is underlined by our rally hosts at the Real Club

Nautico of La Coruña and at the Société Nautique at La Trinité in South

Brittany. The Yachting Monthly Biscay Triangle commences in late July

and lasts 3 weeks, providing sufficient time for joining in Torquay and

for returning home after the event.

Under way, the fleet maintains an inter-yacht radio net and there is

the added security (and fun) of sailing in company. Plenty of time is

afforded at stopovers for excursions, socialising, general maintenance

and crew changeovers. Stopover ports have been specially chosen with

these factors in mind and a comprehensive programme of events is

arranged at each venue.

Experienced shore-based support, a keynote of the Blue Water World

Rally, is provided at each of the 3 stopovers. Before the start of each

leg there is a series of safety briefings, covering such aspects as

communication, weather and route.

The Yachting Monthly Biscay Triangle Rally provides a taste of Blue

Water Rally sailing, not only by its professional organisation, but

equally by engendering the seaman’s spirit of mutual help and, above

all, by making the experience ……. fun!

The Yachting Monthly Biscay Triangle Rally 2008 programme is as follows:-

19/20 July

Yachts assemble at Torquay Marina

21 July

Registration, briefing and dinner at RTYC

22 July

Yachts sail for La Coruña

26 – 28 July

Programme of events at La Coruña

29 July

Yachts sail for La Trinité

2-3 August

Programme of events at La Trinité

3 August onwards

Cruise South Brittany/return to home ports

Learn more www.yachtrallies.co.uk/2events/Triangle.htm here