Twenty-seven boats converged on Cowes for a busy weekend of water and shore based activities and master classes.

Twenty seven sail and power boats from across the south coast gathered at Cowes Yacht Haven (Isle of Wight) to embark on a busy weekend of both water and shore based activities and master classes. Practical boat handling and taster sessions were extremely popular, as sailors tried power and power boaters turned their hand to sailing, under the expert guidance of the Sealine Sea School and Hamble School of Yachting.

Own boat tuition allowed participants the opportunity to discuss their individual issues and questions with the professionals on a range of subject matters; from safety equipment checks to guidance on electronic navigation and environmental impact. “The variety of classes on offer was fantastic,” said Richard Powell from ‘Mon Ami. “The children thoroughly enjoyed it too, especially the speed on the RIB and the lesson from Hamble School of Yachting.”

Andrew Norton, RYA Cruising Projects Manager said: “The joint muster is a great opportunity for sailors and power boaters to get together, find out about each others’ craft, learn from the experts, as well as enjoy the great social aspects of the weekend. From extremely experienced sailors to newcomers, the event has something for everyone.”

The Spring Muster will also be held in Cowes, on 12-13 April 2008.